Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Teenage Suicide

Adopted by the CCAR at the 98th Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis
1987

WHEREAS there has been an alarming increase in suicides among our nation's young people in ages 11-21, and

WHEREAS this problem affects every socioeconomic and ethnic group, including the Reform Jewish community,

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Central Conference of American Rabbis urges its membership to consider immediately the development of programs for the teenagers and parents whom they serve. Rabbis should seek out competent psychologists, psychiatrists, and educators to help in creating and supplying information to each program. The UAHC handbook on teenage suicide is also an excellent Jewish resource material for these preparations.