Jun 1, 1999
Support for the Family
Throughout history, Judaism has placed a primary emphasis on the family. From time
in1ffiemorial, it is in the family setting. in the home, that much of Jewish culture and tradition are celebrated and transmitted to the next generation. In addition to being concerned about those who need our help in the Jewish community. we must work to instill these values as a matter of national policy. It is not enough to merely talk about the value of family. Government must provide programs and incentives that are family oriented. At the same time, however, national policy, as it is formulated and carried out, must allow for a strong economy which allows all that are able to work to support their families in an adequate manner and with dignity. The end result should be that families are able to flourish.
We therefore resolve that:
The RCA shall continue to support legislative initiatives-such as the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Working Families Flexibility Act-that seek to provide more flexibility in the work environment so that individuals can be successful and responsible members of their communities and families as well as employees.
The RCA shall support initiatives to reform the tax code in a family friendly manner such as the elimination of the "marriage penalty."
The RCA shall promote initiatives to provide increased support for quality childcare. Whether in the form of tax credits for families with children of subsidies to child care providers, any such initiative must first and foremost empower parents to make the choices they deem appropriate regarding the care of their children. Thus, public policy must, at a minimum, equally support families in which one parent "stays home" to care for a child as those two-income families that utilize outside facilities for child care; public policy must also allow parents to choose which outside child care facility-including faith-based facilities-in which to place their child.