Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Soviet Jewry

Adopted by the 102nd Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, June, 1991

WHEREAS, we affirm this to be an historic age of our people as we witness the continued redemption of the Jews of Soviet Europe, and

WHEREAS, we note with concern the increasing economic and political instability within the Soviet Union, which causes us to continue to monitor with great vigilance its impact upon Soviet anti-Jewish sentiment, and

WHEREAS, we note with great satisfaction the realization of the State of Israel's raison d'etre as the homeland of the Jewish people, and

WHEREAS, the American Jewish community is privileged once again to fulfill its role as a place of refuge for the remnants of our people,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Central Conference of American Rabbis shall continue to work for the freedom of Soviet Jewry, exhausting all avenues to ensure their right of emigration, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we offer our complete support to the Jews of the Soviet Union who remain, pledging our assistance to them in their heroic efforts to restore Judaism to those from whom it was denied for so long, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we encourage our colleagues and the members of our communities to travel to the Soviet Union, in order to share the much needed material and human resources with which we are blessed, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we applaud the World Union for Progressive Judaism for its vision in creating Moscow's Congregation Hineini, the first liberal congregation in the Soviet Union, and we commit ourselves to its survival and the perpetuation of the ideals of liberal Judaism within the Soviet Union, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we once again ask the Placement Commission to give special placement credits to our colleagues who serve as shelichim or morim to the Jews of the Soviet Union, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we continue to pledge our unwavering support to the people of the State of Israel who heroically struggle on behalf of the Jewish people to create and maintain not merely a sanctuary from oppression but a garden of opportunity for all Jews, and in particular the Jews of the Soviet Union, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we call upon our colleagues to place the welcoming and integration of Soviet Jewish emigres to our communities at the highest priority, and we encourage our colleagues to utilize the valuable resources which are provided to us by the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.