Resolution Adopted by the CCAR
SUPPORT FOR REFORM JEWISH COLLEGE STUDENTS
Adopted by the 116th Annual Convention
of the Central Conference of American Rabbis
According to the 2001 National Jewish Population Survey 53% of Jewish 18-24 year olds are in college or graduate school (15% of Jewish 18-24 year olds are still in high school), and 30% of Jewish 25-29 year olds are in college or graduate school.
The 2001 National Jewish Population Survey also found that nearly as many Jewish college students have one Jewish parent as have two Jewish parents.
The Union for Reform Judaism offers a variety of programs for college students, including Kesher and Kesher Birthright, the Carmel program and other Israel programs, and most notably the opportunity seized by thousands of college students to serve on the staff of Union for Reform Judaism camps each summer. Moreover, the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, as part of its critical recruitment efforts, offers College Colloquia to these students. Nevertheless, the Reform Movement invests far fewer institutional and financial resources in reaching Jewish college students . particularly those who come from a Reform Jewish background – than other mainstream and fringe Jewish movements.
THEREFORE the Central Conference of American Rabbis resolves: