Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Soviet Jewry

Adopted by the 101st Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Seattle, Washington, June 1990

WHEREAS we note with joy the mass exodus of our brothers and sisters from the Soviet Union, and

WHEREAS while many are leaving, many are staying, while both need attention, and

WHEREAS we are especially moved and thrilled by the mass migration of hundreds of thousands of our people from the Soviet Union to the State of Israel, and

WHEREAS it behooves us to be part of the great process of the exodus of our time, and

WHEREAS we acknowledge the extraordinary possibilities of these days in which we now live and we urge our colleagues to seize this time to be part of the miraculous series of events that constitute the new "exodus" of our people from Eastern Europe, and

WHEREAS we commend President Gorbachev and the leaders of the Soviet Union responsible for the policy that, at long last, opens the borders of the Soviet Union to allow the reunification of our people.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we call upon all our colleagues and congregations to assist in the settlement. and in the renewal of Jewish and other educational opportunities for those emigres who are coming to our communities throughout North America. Many have come happily to our doors-- outreach should be created to attract many more.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we ask the Placement Commission to give special placement credits to our colleagues who may serve as Shelichim or Morim for long periods to the Jews of Eastern Europe--particularly the outer reaches of the Soviet Union.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we continue to applaud the staff of the World Union for Progressive Judaism for its great efforts in this direction and for the establishment of progressive Jewish congregations throughout the Soviet Union.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we applaud the UAHC for the creation of educational materials to accomplish this purpose.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we laud the people of the land of Israel for their wonderful efforts at absorption of the vast numbers of olim from the Soviet Union and elsewhere, and especially commend the congregations of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism who are deeply involved in exposing the new olim to the experience and ideology of Liberal Judaism.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call on all our leaders and constituencies to engage actively in implementing Operation Exodus of UJA.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we urge all members of the Central Conference of American Rabbis to send information on Operation Exodus to their constituency, to contribute individually and solicit funds for this cause from their constituency.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we deplore the rise of ultra-nationalist anti-Jewish sentiment and we call on the Soviet and other authorities to outlaw the expressions of ethnic chauvinism and religious hatred against our people and to implement modes of education that will combat these sentiments and destructive activities.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we commend President Gorbachev and the leaders of the Soviet Union responsible for the policy that, at long last, opens the borders of the Soviet Union to allow the reunification of our people.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that direct flights should be implemented immediately. Diplomatic relations between Moscow and Tel Aviv should be restored which would accelerate the immigration process.