Joint Task Force on Women

Resolution Adopted by the CCAR


Adopted by the CCAR at the 90th Annual Convention of

the Central Conference of American Rabbis

Phoenix, Arizona, March 26-29, 1979

Recognizing that much needs to be done to accord equality to women in liberal Jewish

religious life, and particularly to women who have chosen to serve the Jewish people


Be it resolved,

that the CCAR support and provide the leadership for the formation and/or total activation

of a Joint Task Force on Women in the Rabbinate and Cantorate made up of representatives

of CCAR, HUC-JIR and UAHC rabbis, community leaders, congregational leaders and others to understand better the realities, possibilities and concerns of women

in the rabbinate and cantorate. Such program materials should utilize audio-visual

techniques, sociological studies, new educational materials and liturgical materials

that can be of assistance in achieving these goals.        

The Joint Task Force should be charged with the sponsorship of trans-regional conferences

to discuss, develop and distribute ideas and programs to rabbis and lay leaders.        

In keeping with our commitments the CCAR urges the UAHC, nationally and regionally,

to include women rabbis and cantors as leaders in worship services, formal and informal

programs insofar as possible.        

The membership of the CCAR commits itself to the full participation of women rabbis

in local Boards of Rabbis that include Reform and non-Reform rabbis.