Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Resurgence of Anti-Semitism

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

Even as we rejoice in the prospect of new freedoms and democratic principles evolving out of recent events in Eastern Europe,
        
And even as we uphold and support the right of all peoples to self-determination and the expression of their unhappiness with the public policies of their governments and their actions for redress of their just grievances long suppressed and denied,
        
Nonetheless, we are alarmed and dismayed, especially in the aftermath of the attempt to exterminate the Jewish people in this century, by growing evidence of a resurgence of anti- Semitism among vocal and aggressive segments of the population in the Soviet Union, and throughout Eastern Europe.
        
We are shocked and appalled at the recent outbreak of anti-Semitic incidents in France and especially the hideous desecration of Jewish cemeteries.
        
At the same time, we applaud the resounding denunciation and condemnation of these despicable acts at the highest echelons of the French government as well as major demonstrations of protest by thousands of French citizens.
        
We are also disturbed by the recent increase in the incidence of anti-Semitic outbursts in the United States.
        
We therefore call upon elected and appointed officials of government in this country and abroad to proclaim categorically their opposition to all expressions of anti-Semitism and Judeophobia and to emphasize clearly and firmly their determination to ensure the rights and freedoms of all people under their jurisdiction and to punish appropriately all those who actively promote hatred and bigotry.
        
We also call upon all religious bodies in America and around the world to state unequivocally their abhorrence and renunciation of anti-Semitic statements and actions from whatever source, and to respond promptly and decisively to threats against the Jewish community.
        
We commend this resolution for their endorsement to the President of the United States and to the heads of appropriate foreign governments, as well as to the adjudicatory officials of every major religious denomination in the United States and their constituencies abroad.

WHEREAS the membership of the CCAR is a partner with the Union of American Hebrew Congregations in the development of Reform Judaism, and

WHEREAS the national and regional UAHC Biennial conventions are the forums where policy and programs are established in Reform Judaism, and

WHEREAS the Southeast Association of the CCAR (SEACCAR) promotes the work of the UAHC and the maintenance of Union membership (MUM) process and encourages our individual congregations to be in full compliance at either 12 percent or CAP,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Executive Board of the CCAR approves the request of the SEACCAR which seeks the opportunity for official observer status for all members who are not serving as delegates at regional and national UAHC Biennial conventions.