Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Honoring the Berit Mila Board of Reform Judaism

Adopted at the Convention of the
Central Conference of American Rabbis
1994 / 5754

WHEREAS, since the time of Abraham, Berit Mila has been a central mitzvah of Jewish life, and

WHEREAS, the Berit Mila Board of Reform Judaism was established in 1984 to pursue the goal of training medically licensed practitioners to serve as Mohalim and Mohalot for the Reform and liberal Jewish Community; and

WHEREAS, the Berit Mila Board of Reform Judaism is a joint program of the Institutions of Reform Judaism: the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and the Union of American Hebrew Congregations; and

WHEREAS, since 1984 the Berit Mila Board of Reform Judaism has worked together with the members of the Central Conference of American Rabbis in many communities in the United States and Canada to train Mohalim and Mohalot ; and

WHEREAS, the Berit Mila Board of Reform Judaism has certified over 150 Mohalim and Mohalot who serve our community with dignity as they respond to the needs of Reform Jews in performing the mitzvah of Berit Mila ; and

WHEREAS, the Berit Mila Board of Reform Judaism is in this year 1994 celebrating its tenth anniversary; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Central Conference of American Rabbis, now convened at its annual convention in Chicago, Illinois, does herewith extend to the Berit Mila Board of Reform Judaism felicitations and congratulations on its 10th birthday; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the CCAR record its recognition of the contributions of those whose foresight and work brought the Berit Mila program into existence, in particular Rabbi Daniel Syme, Rabbi Lewis Barth, Dr. David James and Dr. Deborah Cohen; and

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Central Conference of American Rabbis does herewith reaffirm its commitment to the Berit Mila Program and its endorsement of the Berit Mila Board of Reform Judaism as it seeks to provide Jewishly well- trained Mohalim and Mohalot for the communities which we serve.

Committee on Jews Form the Former Soviet Union

BE IT RESOLVED, that the CCAR establish an Ad Hoc Committee on Russian-American Jewry, to develop a program of service to Jews from the former Soviet Union; to bring them into the sphere of Reform Jewish life, and to work in conjunction with the UAHC to provide educational and ritual materials and identify sources of funding support for synagogues engaged in such activities.