Resolution Adopted by the CCAR


Digests of resolutions adopted by the
Central Conference of American Rabbis
between 1889 and 1974

1. To advance the cause of Disarmament, we urge our representatives to strive for a real reduction in military forces, equipment and expenditures on land, in the air and on the seas. (1931, p. 69)

2. We are opposed to private manufacture of munitions of war and armaments and urge the approval of legislation to abolish such manufacture. (1933, p. 56, report)

3. We denounce the vast armaments appropriations of our government and other governments as unnecessary and evil. We demand that our national defense policy be based on defense of our soil, not of our interests. We advocate the extension of the "good neighbor" policy to Japan through mutual reductions in armaments and the revision of the "Open Door" policy in the Far East. Let us assume the leadership in summoning a conference for world disarmament. (1936, p. 66)

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5. We reaffirm the prophetic position of the Synagogue consistently held throughout the centuries that armed strife is not an essential instrument of national policy and that war should be outlawed. (1939, p. 143)

6. Most fundamental among the prerogatives to be delegated to the UN is the power to control the production and use of armaments. Recent unsuccessful efforts in this direction demonstrate the futility of (1) seeking to accomplish this within a limited group of nations or (2) attempting to control only certain types of armed force. We therefore call upon our government to outline a specific, comprehensive basis for the control and reduction of all armaments through the United Nations. We see no inconsistency between our current policy of continuing to mobilize our military strength in order to meet the present danger and at the same time outlining the basis on which we would be willing, in concert with all other nations, to work toward the effective reduction of armaments. The necessary expedient of the moment must not be confused with a long-range policy of peace; nor must the emergency of the moment be permitted to postpone an immediate effort to plan for a reduction in armament throughout the world. (1951, p. 101)