Issues and Resolutions

Issues and Resolutions


Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak…
-Martin Niemöller


 The Society for Humanistic Judaism affirms human responsibility:


  • We seek solutions to human conflicts that respect the freedom, dignity, and self-esteem of every human being. We make ethical decisions based on our assessment of the consequences of our actions.
  • We believe that it is human beings who have the responsibility for solving human problems. We are committed, in the enduring Jewish tradition of support for social action and social progress, to community service and actions for social justice. We each take responsibility for our own behavior, and all of us take collective responsibility for the state of our world.


— Society for Humanistic Judaism, Core Principles, October, 1999


Criteria for Selection of Issues

The Society speaks out on issues that promote our core ethical values.


In assessing whether an issue meets our criteria, first we ask: “Are we advocating evidence-based policy solutions that promote the core ethical values of freedom, dignity and self-esteem for every human being?” This is a prerequisite.


If so, then the resolution must relate to at least one of the below criteria:


  1. separation of church and state, OR
  2. Jewish identity/culture, OR
  3. a position with which an overwhelming majority of the SHJ are likely to agree.


Resolutions Issued by the Society for Humanistic Judaism


Statements Issued by the International Federation of Secular Humanistic Jews