Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Jewish Religious Pluralism in the State of Israel

Adopted by the CCAR at the 88th Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis
or subsequent to that Convention in 1977

Equal recognition and free expression of Judaism in its various forms, so long a goal of Diaspora Jewry, is denied in the single nation which is founded on the principle of K'lal Yisrael. The existing situation with regard to Jewish religious matters in the State of Israel is a great threat to the reality of K'lal Yisrael. The politicizing of Jewish religious issues without any justification flies in the face of the realities of modern Jewish life and thought.
The Central Conference of American Rabbis calls on Israel to acknowledge the pluralistic nature of contemporary Jewish religious life. The determination by the State of Israel of who is an official religious functionary and what constitutes an official religious function are of grave concern. Conditions now seem to violate the intent of the Israeli Declaration of Independence that it "will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture."
The Central Conference of American Rabbis calls upon institutions, agencies and individuals in North America to join with it in this call.

Referred to the Executive Board meeting of June 23, 1977 and adopted on that date.