Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

AIDS

Adopted by the 101st Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Seattle, Washington, June 1990

WHEREAS the Central Conference of American Rabbis resolved in 1986 to support education and ethical action programs about AIDS, and

WHEREAS the UAHC Task Force on AIDS has done exceptional work in recent years, and

WHEREAS the Israeli AIDS Task Force has also done exceptional work,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we call upon all of the constituencies that we serve to create and implement an AIDS policy that would respond to the needs of their personnel, as well as their members.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call upon all of our colleagues and staff people, who serve with them, e.g., cantors, educators, administrators, etc., to become fully educated regarding every aspect of the AIDS epidemic and its impact upon society, and to facilitate AIDS education programs within their work places and elsewhere in the communities in which they reside.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call upon all of our colleagues to assist in the formation and implementation of local and regional AIDS Interfaith Councils and to work with all clergy in the fields of AIDS education and outreach.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call upon our colleagues to take all necessary steps so that each community in which they serve has in place outreach to Jewish persons with AIDS and to their loved ones; i.e., pastoral care, funding for those in need, alternative medical care systems, etc.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call upon our colleagues to express their concern in those instances when health insurance coverage is withheld from persons suffering from AIDS inasmuch as serious illness and impoverishment are linked together so profoundly.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call upon the government of the l,united States to increase funding for AIDS research and the distribution of any and all drugs that have proven to be effective in treating persons who show evidence that they are HIV-infected and who are financially or otherwise incapable of purchasing these medications.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in accord with the biblical dictum, "Neither shall you stand idly by the blood of your neighbor," we urge all health-care professionals, including those in the psychiatric, psychological, and nursing professions, to reaffirm their own sense of obligation to those suffering from AIDS and to their families.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call upon the CCAR and all of our colleagues to be responsive to any of our peers and their loved ones who have tested HlV-positive and who require our assistance.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the CCAR oppose federal, state, provincial and/or local legislation that would restrict the rights of any person who is HIV-infected.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call upon our colleagues to champion in every community where they reside the distribution of condoms, clean needles, and bleach by neighborhood outreach workers who are involved in providing AIDS education and prevention methods to intravenous drug users.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that recognition and concern be shown for risks that medical caregivers run in treating HIV-infected patients. We urge that funds be allocated for the development of special protective devices.