The Reform Movement has always acted upon fundamental Jewish ideals by advocating for children, the poor, disenfranchised, the elderly, the sick, the disabled and the "stranger among us."
The Reform Movement has always acted upon fundamental Jewish ideals by advocating for children, the poor, disenfranchised, the elderly, the sick, the disabled and the "stranger among us." In past resolutions we have called for full employment programs, social welfare entitlements for public housing, day care, family planning, health and legal services and income maintenance assistance programs. The URJ urged Congress to expand social programs in 1971, and in 1981 opposed efforts to cut funding to education, job training, food subsidies and many other social programs that were in danger of losing some, if not all, of their funding.
Just before the passage of PRWORA, the URJ passed a resolution entitled Our Economic Commitment to America's Poor. This 1995 resolution recognized the importance of prudent fiscal reforms and welfare reform, but asserted that these reforms should not be made on the backs of the most needy. The resolution further asserted that "the United States government [must]…ensure an adequate, federally guaranteed safety net to protect our nation's most vulnerable populations." Any legislation that does not meet the above standard should not be passed by Congress or signed into law by the President.
Resolution on Welfare (1975)
Resolution on Welfare Reform (1994)
Resolution on The Budget and Social Welfare (1981)
Resolution on Reform of Welfare System (1994)
Resolution on Welfare Reform (1995)
Resolution on State and Local Advocacy for Welfare Policy (1997)