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 for Humanistic Judaism (SHJ) speaks out on issues that promote our core ethical values.


Therefore, the resolution must relate to at least one of the below criteria:


    1. Separation of church and state (i.e. freedom of religion and freedom from religion), OR
    2. Jewish identity/culture, OR
    3. Policy solutions that promote the core ethical values of freedom, dignity and self-esteem and are based on persuasive arguments from compelling evidence


Recognizing that civil discourse is a core ethical value, when an issue falls under criterion 3 and there are persuasive arguments for more than one point of view, SHJ will present two or more views on the topic in an appropriate forum called “Humanistic Voices.”


Society for Humanistic Judaism, October 2015


Resolutions Issued by the Society for Humanistic Judaism (In Date Order)


Core Principles of the Society for Humanistic Judaism (October 1999)



Statements Issued by the International Federation of Secular Humanistic Jews