Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

WOMEN IN JUDAISM

Digests of resolutions adopted by the
Central Conference of American Rabbis
between 1889 and 1974

1. Whereas,

We have progressed beyond the idea of the secondary position of women in Jewish congregations, we recognize the importance of their hearty cooperation and active participation in congregational affairs; therefore be it

Resolved, That the Executive Committee have prepared for the next Annual Conference a paper tracing the development of the recognition of women in Jewish congregations, and expounding a conclusion that women be eligible to full membership, with all privileges of voting and holding office in our congregations. (1893, p. 40)

2. The ordination of a woman as rabbi is a modern issue, due to the evolution in her status in our day. The Central Conference of American Rabbis has repeatedly made pronouncement urging the fullest measure of self expression for women as well as the fullest utilization of her gifts in the service of the Most High and gratefully acknowledges the enrichment and enlargement of congregational life which has resulted therefrom.

Whatever may have been the specific legal status of the Jewish woman regarding certain religious functions, her general position in Jewish religious life has ever been an exalted one. She has been the priestess in the home, and our sages have always recognized her as the preserver of Israel. In view of these Jewish teachings and in keeping with the spirit of our age, and the traditions of our Conference, we declare that women cannot justly be denied the privilege of ordination. (1922, p. 51)