The 25th anniversary of the reunification of the city of Jerusalem commemorates what is, in our era, the culmination of the prayers and passion of the Jewish people, throughout the millennia, for Jerusalem. The liberation of the Old City and the reunification of all Jerusalem too place during the Six-Day War on the 28th of Iyar, 5727.
Jerusalem is the keystone on which the State of Israel rests – an historic notion as much as a living entity. To the Jewish people dispersed over generations and throughout the world, Jerusalem has always represented our eternal capital, the expression of our unity as one people, experiencing both a common history and shared destiny.
Women’s League for Conservative Judaism resolves that the 1992 celebration of Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem Day, initiate a year of synagogue and community religious, educational and public events highlighting the importance of Israel’s capital to the Jewish people, now and throughout our history.
For over 3,000 years Jerusalem has been the historical, religious and spiritual capital of the Jewish people, with an uninterrupted Jewish presence throughout that period. Though Jerusalem has known many foreign rulers, it has been a capital only for the Jews. No people on earth are as inexorably linked to any city as the Jewish people are to the city of Jerusalem.
Jordanian control of the eastern portion of Jerusalem, seized in 1948, was never recognized by any U.S. Administration. In 1967, Jerusalem once again became a unified city, and nineteen years of unnatural division, of barbed wire and concrete barriers, during which Jews were denied access to the holy sites, came to an end. In reunified Jerusalem, the Jews remain in the majority as they have been for more than one hundred and twenty years, and Jerusalem remains the capital of Israel and the spiritual shrine and center for all Jewry.
Israel realizes that Jerusalem is a holy city to Christians and Moslems as well. Israel has been the best guarantor of free access to, and protection of, the holy sites of all faiths. The concept of an undivided Jerusalem has received bipartisan support in both the Republican and Democratic Party platforms.
Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, expressing the unequivocal unity of the Jewish people, resolves that:
Conservative Judaism, from its very beginning, has asserted that Zionism is integral to Judaism. The Jerusalem Program which states the aims of Zionism are:
Women’s League for Conservative Judaism strongly endorses the Jerusalem Program.
For over 3,000 years Jerusalem has been the historical, religious and spiritual capital of the Jewish People, with an uninterrupted Jewish presence throughout that period.
In 1967, Jerusalem became, once again, a unified city, and nineteen years of unnatural division, of barbed wire and concrete barriers came to an end. Never before in its history had Jerusalem been thus divided. Reunified, it remains the capital of Israel, spiritual shrine and center of all Jews on earth. In reunified Jerusalem the Jews remain the majority that they have been for more than one hundred and twenty years.
Israel, realizing that Jerusalem is a holy city to Christians and Moslems, as well, has been the best guarantor of free access to, and protection of, the holy sites of all faiths.
Women’s League for Conservative Judaism urges the government of the United States to recognize a unified Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.