Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Affirmative Action

Adopted by the CCAR at the 89th Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Toronto, Canada, June 26-29, 1978

The Jewish tradition has always been sensitive to the plight of the stranger. A long and unfortunate history of injustice and prejudice has made qualified Blacks, Chicanos, women and other oppressed peoples strangers to society's mainstream.
        
Affirmative action focused on overcoming the historic injustices of the past, and is a valid approach. All people will benefit when the barriers to true equality are removed.
        
Be it therefore resolved that we, the members of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, believe that affirmative action, utilizing goals and timetables, is an effective means of correcting historical injustice in our society.
        
In the light of the Supreme Court decision in the Bakke case, we call on the Jewish community to close ranks with the various dispossessed groups in American life, and to support and promote the use of such instruments of remediation in all the institutions of American life.