Economic Justice in the Jewish Community

Reference: CCAR: Central Conference of American Rabbis

Adopted by the CCAR at the 100th Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Cincinnati, Ohio June, 1989

RESOLVED that the following statement of principles be adopted and circulated by the Central Conference of American Rabbis to appropriate agencies within the Reform movement:

The CCAR has always been committed to the principle of economic justice. This has been expressed through many resolutions and policy statements dating from the earliest years of the Conference and through the work of the Committee on Justice and Peace. The American Reform Jewish movement established from its beginnings a priority for issues of economic justice as evidenced in the Social Justice plank of the Pittsburgh Platform (1885). It is appropriate that the Conference should seek to apply these principles to our own institutions and community.

WE THEREFORE RESOLVE to seek to realize the following agenda.

The Synagogues and Other Institutions in which We Serve, Lead, and Participate

1. All financial transactions and business dealings in the synagogues and other institutions in which we serve, lead, and participate will be executed according to the highest standards of ethics. All budgets and record-keeping will be honest and open with full accountability to the institution’s constituency and membership.

2. Employees of these institutions will be paid a fair wage and receive such compensation as is appropriate, including fringe benefits which are customary for the position held. Employees shall have the right to collective bargaining and to representation of their choosing. The standards of professional associations will be honored in contractual arrangements.

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