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Resolution Adopted by the CCAR
CONVENING IN JERUSALEM
Adopted at the 106th Annual Convention of the
Central Conference of American Rabbis
March, 1995 / Adar II, 5755
Meeting in convention in the holy city of Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Israel and of the Jewish people, the members of the Central Conference of American Rabbis are mindful of the time and events that fill our hearts and minds.
Ours is a generation of tragedy and restoration. Fifty years ago, the world was horrified by the revelations of atrocity at Auschwitz which emerged upon its liberation. Our people had been deeply wounded - six million had been brutally murdered; the European center of our life which had flourished for over a thousand years was destroyed; the civilized world had chosen to look away from its own failures. At the same time, the gates to the homeland were barred to Jewish olim, and anti-Semitism was virulently active even in those countries which had fought to victory against the Nazis.
Today we assemble in an Israel restored, a Jewish sovereign state about to become the largest center of Jews in the world. God has restored the fortunes of Zion. Our people have revived the neglected land and made it a home for our downtrodden, from Ethiopia to Siberia. We have outlasted our totalitarian enemies. Jews have reached unprecedented heights of economic and political security in Western countries.
We are blessed with the ability to assemble in anticipation of the 3000th anniversary of the founding of Jerusalem, the hundredth anniversary of the first Zionist Congress and the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel.
We feel a deep sense of privilege in being both witnesses to these events and participants in shaping their development. The CCAR reaffirms its full support for a united Jerusalem under Israeli political control.
We rejoice that we stand within your gates, O Jerusalem, and, as humble pilgrims, we pray for your peace and well being.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Central Conference of American Rabbis reaffirm its full support for a united Jerusalem under Israeli political control. We resolve to seek the good of Jerusalem, and the well-being and the good of all Israel: Be praised O Eternal, whose shelter of peace is spread