Resolution Adopted by the CCAR


Adopted at the Convention of the
Central Conference of American Rabbis

As the State of Israel embarks on its second quarter of a century of independence we, the members of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, view with a sense of thanksgiving and pride its monumental achievements in the past as a solid foundation for the fulfillment of its aspirations in the future.

We recognize the significant role of the Israel Bond and the United Jewish Appeal programs in strengthening the economy of Israel as a central pillar in the upbuilding of the young nation despite the warlike and economic hostilities on the part of its neighbors. We are inspired by the determination of the people of Israel to make every sacrifice to enable the immigrants from Soviet Russia to find not only freedom but the opportunity to become productive and self-reliant citizens of Israel.

We are concerned at the absence of peace and the consequent high cost of defense which must be borne entirely by the hard-pressed people of Israel. Through our intensified participation in the Israel Bond program and the United Jewish Appeal in our congregations and our communities, we must address ourselves to the decisive role which history has assigned to us--namely, the partnership in effectuating Israel's economic development. For the needs of Israel are indeed great and extraordinary, encompassing the needs of the miraculous and growing immigration from Soviet Russia, and the pent-up needs of tens of thousands of former immigrants.

Let us hope that through our constructive support, Israel will be able to achieve more miracles of progress, leading eventually to the greatest miracle of all--peace.