Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Black-Jewish Relations

Adopted by the CCAR at the 96th Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis
1985

Torah posits the common ancestry of all humanity; the Prophets remind us that all people are related by a common ancestry. And the lessons of history have taught us that minority groups within a society can only flourish in an atmosphere of freedom and equality.
        
Recent years have seen the weakening of the once strong relations between Blacks and Jews. Certain domestic and foreign issues have stymied attempts to speak with one voice.
        
While we recognize the legitimacy of disagreement, still we are committed to the continued seeking of common avenues and shared responses to mutual concerns.

Therefore be it resolved that the CCAR:

1. reaffirm its long-standing support of solidarity and dialogue with the Black community, even when divided over specific issues;

2. continue its efforts to work together with like-minded Black organizations, and encourage dialogue through such programs as the Kivie Kaplan Institute;

3. commend those congregations and organizations that have already begun such dialogue; reaffirm the necessity to implement programs of affirmative action to ensure places in higher education and in business and professions for Blacks and members of other minority groups; and

4. condemn governmental policies that weaken support for programs which have aided Black people to train for employment or obtain quality medical and legal services.