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JCPA Statement on CivilitySubmitted by Haya Wed Apr 23 2014 15:50:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
JCPA Statement on Civility
In American society, especially in our diverse Jewish community, we value robust and vigorous debate about pressing issues. Such debate is one of the greatest features of our democracy and one of the hallmarks of our people. We revel in our tradition of debate: A frank and civil exchange of ideas helps to inform our decisions, provoke new ways of thinking, and sometimes even change our minds.
And yet today, the expression and exchange of views is often an uncivil, highly unpleasant experience. Community events and public discussions are often interrupted by raised voices, personal insults, and outrageous charges. Such incivility serves no purpose but to cheapen our democracy. When differences spiral down into uncivil acrimony, the dignity of individuals and community is diminished, and our precious democracy is weakened. People holding diverse views cease to listen to each other. Lack of civility makes it more difficult, if not impossible, to open minds, much less find common ground.
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JCPA Guidelines for Community EventsSubmitted by Haya Wed Apr 09 2014 10:06:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
Guidelines for Community Events
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JCPA Resolution on CivilitySubmitted by Haya Tue Apr 08 2014 11:45:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
Resolution on Civility
Adopted by 2010 Plenum
Robust, vigorous debate about the pressing issues of the day is vital and essential in a pluralistic society, including within our diverse Jewish community.
Deep divisions are to be expected over how to address many issues including but not limited to the domestic economy, the environment, health care, American military involvement abroad, the Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the existential threats posed to Israel by terror and Iranian nuclear ambition. A frank and civil exchange of ideas helps to inform and distill consensus. In recent years, however, we have been witness to an increasing challenge in general society and in our own community. There is greater political and socio-economic polarization, the deterioration of civil interaction, decreased sense of common ground among individuals with divergent perspectives, greater tension around global issues and their impact on American society. At times divisions spill over into racism, anti-Semitism, and other forms of prejudice and bias. It is cause for great concern.
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American Jewish Committee Civility PledgeSubmitted Mon Apr 25 2011 10:10:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
Thursday, 17 February 2011
The ACCESS 20/20 Weekend Civility track brought together dozens of emerging leaders of different ethnic and religious backgrounds from the U.S. and abroad in order to discuss the troubling rise in “uncivil” political discourse, and to provide hands-on training in how to engage in civil exchange and even disagreement. The conference aimed to sow the seeds for a reversal of current trends, which reward divisive political rhetoric and punish those who attempt to moderate the conversation.
The conference goal was also action-oriented: almost 100 people signed a "civil engagement pledge" -- a copy of which is below. We'll be listing the signatories shortly. We hope that the pact will have a longer life, with participants going to organizations to which they belong in order to encourage them to sign on as well.
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OU Resolution on CivilitySubmitted by Haya Thu Apr 21 2011 15:04:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
Resolution on Civility
The Jewish religious tradition stresses the importance of civility in every aspect of human interaction. Three times a day we end our most important prayer with the fervent words of Elokai N'tzor, asking Divine assistance to "guard my tongue from evil and my lips from deceit" and ask "may my soul be silent" in response to those who "verbally abuse" us.
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Interfaith Leadership Letter to CongressSubmitted by Haya Thu Apr 21 2011 14:11:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
San Francisco JCRC: Year of Civil Discourse InitiativeSubmitted by Haya Fri Apr 15 2011 11:26:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
The Year of Civil Discourse Initiative
The Year of Civil Discourse (YCD) Initiative is an innovative project of the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Community Federation, in close partnership with the Northern California Board of Rabbis. Its focus is to elevate the level of discourse within the Jewish community, and increase the ability of Jewish institutions to have more respectful and informed conversations about Israel and other contentious issues. YCD was developed in response to growing tensions within the community, including issues related to Israel programming in synagogues, JCCs, Hillels, and other community institutions. This program will bolster the ability of local institutions to increase civility among members and to build consensus on challenging issues within the larger community.
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Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee: Interfaith Call for Tolerance, Respect, CivilitySubmitted Fri Apr 15 2011 11:24:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
For Immediate Release
For Immediate ReleaseSept. 10, 2010
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Religious Leaders Denounce Anti-Muslim Bigotry and Call for Respect for America's Tradition of Religious LibertySubmitted Fri Apr 15 2011 11:18:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
September 7, 2010
Religious Leaders Denounce Anti-Muslim Bigotry and Call for Respect for America's Tradition of Religious Liberty
As religious leaders in this great country, we have come together in our nation’s capital to denounce categorically the derision, misinformation and outright bigotry being directed against America’s Muslim community. We bear a sacred responsibility to honor America’s varied faith traditions and to promote a culture of mutual respect and the assurance of religious freedom for all. In advance of the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, we announce a new era of interfaith cooperation.
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Anti-Defamation League: Statement on Civility In National Public DiscourseSubmitted Fri Apr 15 2011 11:14:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
ADL STATEMENT ON CIVILITY IN NATIONAL PUBLIC DISCOURSE
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Rabbinical Assembly: Resolution on CivilitySubmitted Fri Apr 15 2011 11:03:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
Resolution on Civil Discourse
Whereas political discourse has become increasingly rancorous and disparaging, replacing reasoned argument with demonizing invective and ad hominem attacks;
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St. Louis JCRC: Speaking About Israel: Finding Common GroundSubmitted by Haya Fri Apr 15 2011 11:00:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
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National Council of Churches, USA: An Open Letter Concerning Civility in Public DiscourseSubmitted Fri Apr 15 2011 10:57:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
Alarmed by 'rancorous and acrimonious' debates,
New York, September 25, 2009
Alarmed by the intensity of angry and sometimes violent language coming out of public meetings on healthcare and other issues, the National Council of Churches Governing Board has called for "civility in public discourse."
The Governing Board issued its open letter, which was initiated by the NCC Health Task Force, during its meetings here September 21 and 22.
Citing God's call in Isaiah 1:18 to "reason together," the NCC letter affirms the value of "vigorous, principled debate" but insists that the arguments "be tempered with a profound sense of the dignity and worth of each person."
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San Francisco JCRC: Listening and Speaking Respectfully about IsraelSubmitted Fri Apr 15 2011 10:55:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
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Hillel Essay: Imagining a More Civil SocietySubmitted by Haya Fri Apr 15 2011 10:45:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
Rabbi David Saperstein and Rev. Bob Edgar Statement on CivilitySubmitted Fri Apr 15 2011 10:25:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
Religious Leaders Join in Call for Honesty and Civility in Politics
Saperstein and Edgar: Tactics that attack candidates for their childhood, use unattributed accusations to denigrate the good name of public figures, or manipulate religious fears for political gain represents a politics that divisively erodes the commonweal, corrodes our national discourse, and violates those key values of honesty and civility that should be at the heart of that discourse.
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Interfaith Alliance: A Call for Civility in American PoliticsSubmitted Thu Apr 14 2011 13:46:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
A Call for Civility in American Politics
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Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Statement on Public DiscourseSubmitted Thu Apr 14 2011 13:42:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
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Encounter's ValuesSubmitted Thu Apr 14 2011 13:38:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
Encounter is an educational organization that cultivates informed Jewish leadership on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We do not take specific positions regarding the outcome of the conflict. We do, however, hold a set of values that underlie all of our work, including organizational programs, alumni activities, and staff and board interactions. Our vision is one of genuine peace: an environment of safety and equity that embraces the full dignity of all.
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San Francisco JCRC Civility GuidelinesSubmitted Thu Apr 14 2011 13:33:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
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Sojourners: A Covenant For CivilitySubmitted Thu Apr 14 2011 13:32:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
A COVENANT FOR CIVILITY:
Come Let Us Reason Together
How good and pleasant it is when the people of God live together in unity.—Psalm 133:1
As Christian pastors and leaders with diverse theological and political beliefs, we have come together to make this covenant with each other, and to commend it to the church, faith-based organizations, and individuals, so that together we can contribute to a more civil national discourse. The church in the United States can offer a message of hope and reconciliation to a nation that is deeply divided by political and cultural differences. Too often, however, we have reflected the political divisions of our culture rather than the unity we have in the body of Christ. We come together to urge those who claim the name of Christ to “ put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:31-32).
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Interfaith Alliance: CALL TO A FAITHFUL DECISION CANDIDATE CODE OF CIVILITYSubmitted Thu Apr 14 2011 13:29:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
CALL TO A FAITHFUL DECISION
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JCPA Joint Task Force Meeting on CivilitySubmitted Thu Apr 14 2011 12:12:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
Joint Task Force Meeting on Civility
Moderator: Dr. Steven Windmueller, Hebrew Union College
Rabbi Doug Kahn, JCRC of San Francisco
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