Resolutions 2006

Resolution Commending Rabbi Ismar Schorsch on His Leadership as Chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary

Whereas Rabbi Ismar Schorsch has served The Jewish Theological Seminary as Chancellor for the past twenty years with distinction;

Whereas Rabbi Schorsch articulated his vision to the community with the publication of Sacred Cluster: The Core Values of Conservative Judaism;

Whereas Rabbi Schorsch implemented that vision by committing JTS to train the next generation of Jewish educators by establishing the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education;

Resolution in Support of the Conservative/Masorti Movement in Latin America

Whereas the Rabbinical Assembly is holding its first international convention in Latin America and it is an historic occasion;

Whereas the Conservative/Masorti Rabbis in Latin America often work under difficult conditions in order to spread the words of Torah, and Judaism;

Whereas the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano is the only Conservative/Masorti institution in Latin America training educators and rabbis who are equipped to confront this shifting world and its challenges; and

Whereas its graduates serve the Jewish people globally ranging geographically from Argentina to the United States, and from Chile to Israel.

Therefore be it resolved that the Rabbinical Assembly applaud and encourage the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano Marshall Meyer and its teachers and authorities to continue its good works; and

Be it further resolved that the Rabbinical Assembly encourage all Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano Marshall T. Meyer graduates who continue their efforts to spread the vision of Torah common to the Conservative/ Masorti Movement throughout Latin America.

Considerando que por primera vez se realiza una Convención de la Rabbinical Assembly en Latino America siendo ésta una ocasión histórica;

Considerando que los Rabinos Conservadores/Masorti en América Latina a menudo trabajan en condiciones difíciles para poder transmitir las palabras de la Torá y del judaísmo;

Considerando que el Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano es la única institución Conservadora/Masortí en América Latina que forma educadores yrabinos preparados para confrontar este mundo cambiante y sus desafíos; y

Considerando que sus graduados atienden al pueblo judío globalmente en un área geográfica que se extiende desde Argentina hasta los Estados Unidos y desde Chile hasta Israel.

Se resuelve que la Rabbinical Assembly aplauda y aliente al Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano Marshall T. Meyer y a sus profesores y autoridades a continuar con su excelente labor; y

Se resuelve también que la Rabbinical Assembly estimule a todos los graduados del Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano Marshall T. Meyer a continuar sus esfuerzos de transmitir la visión de la Torá de acuerdo al Movimiento Conservador/Masortí a través del continente Latinoamericano.

Passed by the Rabbinical Assembly Plenum, March, 2006

Resolution on Global Anti-Semitism

Whereas the Rabbinical Assembly is greatly concerned by the resurgence of anti-Semitism around the globe;

Whereas the President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad publicly and unabashedly proclaimed his goals of "wiping Israel off the map" and creating a world "without the United States and Zionism," funds terrorist activities in Israel, spearheads his country's development of nuclear weapons and is seeking to deny that the Holocaust ever happened;

Resolution on Jewish Education

Whereas the Torah teaches us, “ve-shinantam l'vanekha – and you shall teach your children” (Deuteronomy 6:7) and this call to literacy has been a hallmark of Jewish civilization for over 3,000 years and has ensured Jewish survival;

Whereas the National Jewish Population Study (NJPS) of 2001 revealed that identification with Judaism, observance, the Jewish people, and the State of Israel is highest among those with the greatest level of Jewish education;

Resolution on Poverty in the United States

Whereas Jewish tradition commands us to “open your hand [to the poor person] and provide sufficient for the need” (Deut. 15:8), and reminds us that “just as God clothed the naked- so too must  you supply clothes for the naked [poor]” (Talmud B. Sotah 14a);

Whereas the Jewish community has long demonstrated a commitment to economic and social justice in the United States as exemplified by the involvement of hundreds of Conservative synagogues, schools and camps in social justice programs such as food banks, homeless shelters, home rebuilding projects and medical clinics;

Resolution on Global Poverty

Whereas the Rabbinical Assembly is comprised of colleagues who care deeply about the state of the world, tikkun olam and mishpetei tzedek, the laws of justice and righteousness as prescribed by the Torah and Prophets of Israel;

Whereas members of the Rabbinical Assembly have the potential for enormous influence throughout the world by standing up for moral principles, as both Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer exemplified in their time and place in history;

Resolution on Intelligent Design and the Freedom of Scientific Inquiry

Whereas the Rabbinical Assembly, an association of religious leaders with deep faith,  believing in the truth of our Torah and the teachings of traditional rabbinic Judaism,  also believes that a literal reading of Genesis otherwise known as Creationism is not a dogma of Judaism;

Whereas it is a Jewish religious obligation to study and understand God’s creation through intellectual inquiry and scientific research and whereas such study is one of the foundations of piety (Mishneh Torah Yesodei Ha-Torah 2:1);

Resolution on Responding to the Ongoing War in Iraq

Rabbi Yose HaGalili says, “How meritorious is peace?  Even in time of war Jewish law requires that one initiate discussions of peace.” (Leviticus Rabbah, Tzav 9);

Whereas the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries remain engaged in armed conflict in Iraq;

Whereas Judaism affirms the justice of war only as a response to life-threatening aggression, current or anticipated;

Whereas Judaism also affirms the supreme value of peace and peacemaking;