Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Disestablishment of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel

Adopted by the CCAR at the 92nd Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Jerusalem, Israel June 23-28, 1981

Be it resolved that the Central Conference of American Rabbis calls for the disestablishment of the Chief Rabbinate of the State of Israel so that the cause of religious Judaism in Israel be enhanced. Stripped of arbitrary power, all rabbis would need to rely on moral suasion and inspired teaching to reach Israel's vast majority of unaffiliated Jews, convincing instead of coercing, and necessarily more responsive to issues they have thus far ignored: War and peace, the social gap, poverty, corruption, and, most particularly, the spiritual values of Judaism itself. Let rabbis be rabbis rather than politicians, that Israel be more authentically Jewish than the narrow theocracy for which Israel's politicized religious establishment yearns.