Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Domestic Violence

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

WHEREAS Judaism affirms the sanctity of life and the inherent right of each person to a life of dignity and respect, and to a home that embodies such values, and

WHEREAS domestic violence, especially the battering of women, is a problem that has been minimized, ignored, or denied in the Jewish community, and

WHEREAS certain misconceptions abound regarding battered women that dismiss, deny, and blame the victim rather than the perpetrator,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Central Conference of American Rabbis and its members acknowledge the presence of domestic violence in the Jewish community.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the CCAR and its members offer guidance about domestic violence and make it known to their congregants that victims may go to them for help and that they will educate their congregants in order to prevent domestic violence before it occurs.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the CCAR urge its members and the Joint Commission on Jewish Education to undertake educational and ethical action programs for their congregants and constituencies about domestic violence, and that they will institute appropriate forums in their congregations and communities regarding the issue of domestic violence.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the CCAR call upon other religious and secular organizations throughout the country to educate and engage in a campaign of outreach and awareness regarding domestic violence.