Nuclear Arms Freeze

Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Bilateral Nuclear Arms Freeze and Reduction

Adopted by the CCAR at the 93rd Annual Convention of

the Central Conference of American Rabbis

New York City, June 27-July 1, 1982

The Central Conference of American Rabbis expresses its extreme concern over the potential

for destruction to our civilization that a nuclear war poses. A nuclear war, even

a “limited” one, would result in death, injury, and disease on a scale without precedent. Civil defense and medical treatment would be totally inadequate. Our traditions

speak to us of Sakanat Nefashot

, the danger of exposing ourselves to health hazards; Bal Tashchit,

the abhorrence of willful destruction of the environment; and Yishuv Ha-arets,

the betterment and guardianship of the earth. Inspired by the prophets, we raise

our voices to call upon the United States government and the Union of Soviet Socialist

Republics to adopt a mutual freeze on the testing, production, and deployment of

nuclear weapons and new delivery systems for nuclear weapons. We further call upon the U.S.

and USSR to work against the proliferation of nuclear weapons and weapons-grade nuclear

materials, and to commit themselves to reducing their present levels of nuclear weapons and weapons-grade nuclear material.        

We commend the endeavors of outspoken clergy, responsible physicians and scientists,

and concerned citizens who advocated nuclear disarmament.        

We call upon the regions of the CCAR and other constituent bodies to endorse local,

state, and national efforts to freeze the nuclear arms race.        

The CCAR calls upon all national religious organizations to convene a special convocation

for nuclear arms control in Washington, and urges that the convocation be arranged

at the earliest feasible time.