Resolution Adopted by the CCAR


Adopted by the 107th Annual Convention of the
Central Conference of American Rabbis
March, 1996

WHEREAS, Jerusalem was established by King David as the geographical and spiritual capital of Israel, and has served uniquely as a center of Jewish concern for 3000 years and,

WHEREAS, the Jewish people have turned in prayer to Jerusalem throughout the ages, wherever they lived, wherever they sojourned, wherever their physical locus, always their hearts and spirits longed to return to Yerushalayim and,

WHEREAS, Jerusalem, conquered repeatedly, has served exclusively as a Jewish Capital and in our generation has seen a re-birth that brings the dream of Yerushalayim Maalah closer to the Yerushalayim Shel Matah and,

WHEREAS, the unified City of Jerusalem now welcomes people of all faiths to worship in peace, side by side and fulfilling the Biblical prophecy that out of Zion the word of the Lord shall go forth,

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that on this occasion of the 3000th Anniversary of Jerusalem's establishment as the Capital of Israel, the Central Conference of American Rabbis reaffirms the significance of a united, undivided Jerusalem as the spiritual center of the Jewish people and the political Capital of the State of Israel, and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we call upon our constitutency to support the observance of this historical year by engaging in personal and congregational pilgrimages to Jerusalem and in signing petitions of support that lend recognition and credence to the reality of Jerusalem's centrality to the State of Israel and its unique significance to all Jews wherever they live.