Union of American Hebrew Congregations Adopts 10-point Program on Social Action

A ten-point program on social action, rooted in the precepts of Prophetic Judaism, was adopted hers by the Joint Commission on Social action of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and Central Conference of American Rabbis which met at the Standard Club today.

The program envisages extensive education within and without the Liberal Jewish fold in addition to collaboration with kindred agencies of other religious denomination and secular groins to the end that “international peace, social justice and international harmony” may be furthered most effectively. It provides for the following activities:

1. To relate the teachings of the prophets and the sages of Israel to the problems of contemporary society.

2. To prepare and issue public statements indicating how the principles of Judaism give guidance to the solution of social, economic, international and inter-racial concerns.

3. To hold periodic institutes in various sections of the country discussing the relationship of Judaism to the problems of our society, and formulating platforms to guide Jews.

4. To encourage researches by scholars on moral solutions to current problem and to publish their findings.

5. To carry on through the congregations, their auxiliary organizations schools, a campaign of education on the social action made mandatory by the Jewish religious tradition.

6. To inform the Jewish and the general public on the social message of Judaism.

7. To cooperate with social action committees of other religious denominations and also with secular groups promoting international peace, social justice and inter-racial harmony.

8. To present the attitude of Judaism before legislative bodies when they are considering laws involving the problems of justice, peace and race.

9. To rally the support of American Jews for legislation and other measures which will promote International peace, inter-racial good will and social justice for all.

10. To make Jewish communities and congregations sensitive to the social message of the Jewish faith, to the end that the congregations and their members will be inspired by Judaism to become active workers in ell causes that will shape our society in accordance with the divine pattern of justice, brotherhood and peace.

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