Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Jewish Genetic Disease

Adopted by the CCAR at the 86th Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis
1975

WHEREAS the Central Conference of American Rabbis is a professional organization we address ourselves to special concerns of the rabbinate as a profession,

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that we express our awareness of Tay-Sachs Disease and other genetic diseases which afflict Jews to a significant degree and cooperate with those programs that organize screening activities. We recognize that in all marriages we are asked to perform we should include among the areas of premarital preparation a Tay-Sachs testing. We call on our members to urge those couples seeking their officiating at marriage ceremonies to undergo screening for Tay-Sachs and other genetic diseases which afflict Jews to a significant degree.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all regional CCAR groups create task forces to educate and sensitize our Jewish communities to these diseases and the possibility of preventing them through screening.