Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

THE AGREEMENT ON THE CONVERSION LAW BETWEEN THE REFORM AND CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENTS IN ISRAEL

Adopted by the 108th Annual Convention of the
Central Conference of American Rabbis

June, 1997

The Central Conference of American Rabbis commends Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for the historic decision of June 17, 1997 (12 Sivan, 5757), between his government and representatives of the Reform (Progressive) and Conservative (Mosorti) Movements to open an official dialogue on issues pertaining to the status of Jews by Choice converted under the auspices of the Reform or Conservative rabbinates. [The text of this Agreement and the Prime Minister's letter can be found here.]

We join with the Prime Minister in his expression of optimism that "this is an important step in which Israel and Diaspora Jewry will work hand in hand to preserve Jewish unity through mutual respect."

In addition, we call on all those who believe, with us, that there must be greater appreciation of and access to all religious streams in Israel, to contribute even more generously to Reform and Conservative programs and institutions in Israel.