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Voting Rights

http://www.ccarnet.org/rabbis-speak/resolutions/all/voting-rights-1889-1972/

Resolution Adopted by the CCARVOTING RIGHTS Digests of resolutions adopted by the Central Conference of American Rabbis between 1889 and 1974 1. The Central Conference of American Rabbis, by common recognition the largest and most representative organization of Progressive Judaism today in the entire world, places itself on record as a body in sympathy with and in support of the latest appeal for the extension of liberty in civilization and recommends that its members individually in their pulpits, and through their ministry, advocate and advance the cause of woman's equal political suffrage with man's. (1913, p. 120) 2. Reaffirmed, 1915, ...

Poll Tax

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Resolution Adopted by the CCARPOLL TAX Digests of resolutions adopted by the Central Conference of American Rabbis between 1889 and 1974 1. We urge support of the Southern Conference for Human Welfare which endorsed a resolution asking that the poll tax be done away with as a qualification on universal suffrage. (1940, p. 104) 2. We appeal to the citizens of the States which impose the poll tax, intended to disenfranchise the Negro, to abolish this iniquitous undemocratic practice. (1942, p. 100) 3. Reiterated 1943, p. 122. 4. We laud the decision of the Supreme Court which gave Negroes equality ...

Women's Suffrage

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Resolution Adopted by the CCARWOMEN'S SUFFRAGE Digests of resolutions adopted by the Central Conference of American Rabbis between 1889 and 1974 1. Be it resolved, That the Conference place itself on record as favoring the enfranchisement of women. [Your Committee recommends that we reaffirm the statement of the Conference made at the 1912 Convention, to the effect that this is a matter for the individual rabbi, and we deem it inadvisable for the Conference, as a body, to take action thereon.] (1915, p. 133) 2. We feel it is our solemn duty as ethical leaders and as preachers of a ...

TFN no.5755.15 177-183

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CCAR RESPONSA A Woman as a Scribe 5755.15 She'elah Almost two years ago, our synagogue hired a Torah scribe to clean and repair a sefer torah which had been rescued from the Nazis. Several of us had the opportunity to help clean the Torah and "letter" it by placing our hand over the scribe's as he wrote, thus fulfilling the commandment for every Jew to write a Torah. I became fascinated and deeply moved by this work. The feeling of standing in front of the open Torah, of sensing the spirit of the original scribe, of the generations before me ...