Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Manual of Ceremonies

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JWV Policy on Sabbath and Holy Days


1. All Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America units, echelons and the Officers and members or these units, are directed to refrain, as members of the JWV, on a Jewish Holy Day or on the Sabbath, from participating in or as part of:
a. Any parade, or;
b. the carrying of any colors in any parade, or;
c. Demonstrations or counter-demonstrations.
d. Conducting of fund-raising activities, or;
e. Allowing of the use of any echelon owned buildings for fund-raising, or;
f. Attendance at any cemetery function.

2. It is further directed that units and members explain in writing to the Marshal or other person in charge of a parade, or other secular event, JWV's reason for abstaining and request that the parade or other event be held on a different day:
a. If a date change cannot be accomplished, the Marshal or person in charge should be urged to issue a public statement explaining that the reason for abstention of the JWV from a patriotic observation or secular event is because of religious convictions.
b. It should be explained that this prohibition prevents any JWV unit from allowing its colors to be carried in such a parade, or being presented at the secular event on a Jewish Holy Day or Sabbath, by persons or units not of the Jewish faith.

3. This policy, of course shall not apply to vigils, non-denominational religious community affairs or Jewish religious observances, or services conducted on the Sabbath or Jew ish Holy Days. The wearing of the JWV cap in an audience or as a non-participant observer should not be prohibited as a form of head covering at events which rule out JWV participation.

4. Members of the Jewish War Veterans may perform Bikor Cholim visits to any hospital to bring cheer to hospitalized veterans. They may wear their caps, insignia, etc.

5. When requested to participate in, or when an echelon requests the right to participate in any secular activity on the Sabbath or a Jewish Holy Day, clearance from National Headquarters is required, and is to be requested well in advance (except for emergency conditions) from the National Headquarters and must be approved by a committee composed of the National Commander, the Chairman of the National Executive Committee and the National Executive Director, and with advice of the local rabbinical leaders as appropriate.

6. On occasion when attending events at a non-Jewish cemetery, church, or other religious building, (but never on Sabbath or Holy Days), the wearing of the cap is dependent on the customary use thereof by other, non-Jewish veterans. If they wear their caps, so do we. If they remove their caps, so do we. If the event is in a secular building or outdoors, we may continue to wear our caps even during an invocation or benediction.