USCJ: Request for Submission of Resolutions by Congregations

Date: May 27, 2009
From: Faye Gingold, USCJ Director of Public Policy and Social Action <gingold@uscj.org>

From December 6-10, 2009, United Synagogue will hold its International Biennial Convention at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, N.J. One of the most important items of business at convention is the framing of resolutions that represent the policy decisions of our organization. We invite your synagogue to submit topics to be considered at the resolutions session.

There are many issues that warrant our concern and resolutions are a way in which we share our view with the world. Resolutions in the past have addressed many topics and issues, including Israel, interfaith and religious matters, the environment, health care, energy policy, education, world Jewry/world affairs, humanitarian concerns and organizational matters of United Synagogue. Resolutions adopted between 1993 and 2007 can be found at http://www.uscj.org/Convention_Resolutio6434.html

Following convention, ratified resolutions -- which address important issues of both Jewish and secular interest – are distributed not only to affiliated congregations but to organizations throughout the Jewish world, so that the position of our member synagogues will be taken into account in crucial debates on public policy.

Since resolutions must be sent to all congregations for review prior to the convention, it is necessary that we receive the specific text of your proposed resolution no later than September 8, 2009. Resolutions may be submitted by any member of your congregation as an individual or by the synagogue as an official congregational recommendation. You are encouraged to share this information with your Israel Action committees and Social Action committees for their input. We urge you to participate in this important process and we promise that your recommendations will receive fair and thorough consideration.

Resolutions should be sent by to Faye Gingold at gingold@uscj.org by September 8, 2009.

Please contact me at gingold@uscj.org or 646-519-9258 if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you at convention.

Thank you for your cooperation and participation.

Faye Gingold
USCJ Director of Public Policy and Social Action

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