Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Ethiopian Jewry and World Hunger

Adopted by the CCAR at the 96th Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis

Whereas "Operation Moses" has served to heighten our awareness of the dire situation of our Ethiopian co-religionists remaining in Ethiopia and in refugee areas. and

Whereas even before the establishment of the State of Israel, the Jewish people's priority has been to return Diaspora Jews in peril to the Jewish homeland,

Therefore be it resolved that the CCAR urge its members, UAHC constituent congregations, and all other Jewish organizations to continue to support all rescue efforts aimed at saving these Jews from starvation and persecution by bringing them to Israel. These efforts include the Joint Distribution Committee's food station at Gondar Province and the mitzvah projects of the UAHC and the congregational or family reunification program of the AAEJ. We further urge all congregations and Jewish organizations to give priority to this effort in the coming months.

Be it further resolved that we look to Israel to continue to facilitate its urgent and noble rescue of all Ethiopian Jews. We commend Israel, Prime Minister Peres, and former Prime Minister Begin for their efforts to fulfill the mitzvah of "redeeming captives," a matter of tzedaka .

Be it further resolved that we urge support of the long and difficult task of resettlement and acculturation of this "saving remnant."