LGBTQ+ (2020)

LGBTQ+ Resolution

Women’s League for Conservative Judaism

 

INTRODUCTION:

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I?” 

(Pirkei Avot, 1:14)

As members of a global community, we all deserve fundamental, inalienable 

rights. Only when we achieve these can we create a truly “civilized” society, living

 in harmony and benefiting from the gift of diversity.

 

WHEREAS:
1. Each individual “is created b’tzelem Elohim, in G-d’s Divine Image,” and since lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, (LGBTQ+) and non-binary Jews ”2are an integral part of our families, our synagogues and our communities,” 

  1. The LGBTQ+ and non-binary community has endured constant threats of physical violence, rejection and painful alienation,
  2. Discrimination of LGBTQ+ and non-binary individuals’ civil rights continues to occur in legislative forums,  
  3. The Rabbinical Assembly, (n.d.)accessed February 24, 2020, (Line 1),

https://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/story/resolution-solidarity-international-lgbt-community?tp=1354

2. The Rabbinical Assembly, (n.d.) accessed February 24, 2020, (Resolution: Whereas, Line 1) https://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/index.php/tzedek-justice/resolutions/resolutions-2011

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Women’s League for Conservative Judaism:

  1. Includes, welcomes and accepts to our Sisterhoods any Jewish individual who identifies as a woman.
  2. Calls on Sisterhoods to increase awareness, understanding and concern for our fellow Jews who are LGBTQ+ and non-binary, by educating our
    members. (See Background section, p.2)
  3. Deplores violence,” and works toward promoting a safe and secure environment for all.

 

  1. Supports “full and equal civil rights” for LGBTQ+ and non-binary individuals.
  2. Advocates against legislation, at all levels of government, that discriminates.  Proactively works at all levels to support legislation that positively addresses equal rights of LGBTQ+ and non-binary individuals. (See Background section, p.3)

 

  1. The Rabbinical Assembly, (n.d.)accessed February 24, 2020, (This is really a paraphrase: The first “Therefore, ”full welcome, acceptance and inclusion.”),

https://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/index.php/tzedek-justice/resolutions/resolutions-2016

 

  1. The Rabbinical Assembly, (n.d.)accessed February 24, 2020, (Preamble, #2, changed “deplore” to “deplores”), https://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/index.php/tzedek-justice/resolutions/resolutions-2011

    5. The Rabbinical Assembly, (n.d.) accessed February 24, 2020, (Preamble, #1), https://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/index.php/tzedek-justice/resolutions/resolutions-2011