Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

On Ethiopian Jewry

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

Whereas there are presently more than 7,000 Ethiopian Jews who have fled Ethiopia because of famine and religious oppression, and are in refugee camp areas awaiting rescue to Israel; and

Whereas reports continue to be received from those refugee camps of death due to disease and malnutrition; and

Whereas 18,000 Ethiopian Jews still remain in Ethiopia with little chance to survive as a Jewish community; and

Whereas there are nearly 7,000 Ethiopian Jews presently living in Israel with 6,500 having been rescued by Israel since 1979, after considerable debate concerning this rescue effort; and

Whereas there are conflicting viewpoints within the Jewish community as to what is being done and what can be done by Israel and the American Jewish community to save Ethiopian Jewry,

Therefore be it resolved that the Overseas Jewry Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis be directed to disseminate to the membership at least quarterly all relevant and diverse information from all parties who are working on behalf of Ethiopian Jewry rescue and resettlement, and to urge the membership to utilize this information for the purpose of Pikuach Nefesh and Pidyon Shevuyim.