Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

On Abducted Children

Adopted by the CCAR at the 95th Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Grossingers, New York, June 18-21, 1984

Whereas many thousands of children are abducted and/or reported missing every year, and only a small number found; and thousands are murdered, many of whom remain unidentified,

Be it resolved that we urge the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Union of American Hebrew Congregations to participate in efforts to establish national organizations to oversee the publication of descriptions and photographs of missing children and the effort to trace these abducted and missing children.

Be it further resolved that the CCAR recommends that its constituents:

1. Educate their congregations and organizations about the need for better security for their children. This can be done through newsletter articles, sermons, and mitzvah projects.

2. Reevaluate security so that abductions do not take place from synagogue property.

3. Provide informational programs for children about methods for avoiding potentially threatening people and situations.

4. Work with local police departments and schools to implement the suggestions listed above, and especially to encourage the protective fingerprinting of all young children.

Be it further resolved that we call for passage of Senate Bill 2014, Missing Children's Assistance Act, in 1984, and similar legislative efforts.