Statements from CCAR

The CCAR applies Jewish thought to create timely statements that draw upon policy as determined by CCAR resolutions. These statements provide our members and the communities they serve with responses to issues of the day grounded in Jewish values and text, and provide a Jewish perspective on contemporary events to the wider world.

  • In the wake of the tragedy that has befallen America and our Jewish community–the murder of 11 members of the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh– congregations are reassessing the steps they have taken and can take towards enhancing security. The question has arisen as to the status of the CSA and URJ’s past recommendations...

  • The rabbis of the Central Conference of American Rabbis are devastated by this morning’s horrific tragedy at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh that has resulted in injury and loss of life. We send our deepest condolences to the families of the victims of this senseless act of violence, and healing prayers to the injured,...

  • President Donald J. Trump 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 CC: The Honorable Andrew R. Wheeler Acting Administrator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20004 The Honorable Ryan K. Zinke Secretary U.S. Department of Interior 1100 Ohio Drive SW Washington, DC 20242 October 30, 2018 Dear Mr. President, Acting Administrator...

  • The Central Conference of American Rabbis strongly opposes proposals under consideration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to define gender narrowly, as determined solely by sex organs at birth, an approach which is contrary to medical evidence and denies the life experiences of millions of Americans. The results of these proposed changes...

  • Dear members, We, along with many of you and many in your communities, are devastated by the Senate’s vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. We share the pain and frustration of many at the Senate’s decision, as well as at the deep division and anger this debate has inflamed across our country....

  • The Women’s Rabbinic Network and the Central Conference of American Rabbis commend Dr. Christine Blasey Ford for bravely coming forward about her sexual assault.  From #MeToo to #IBelieveYou to #WhyIDidntReport, this has been an emotionally raw time for our country, and Dr. Ford’s powerful voice has been a beacon of strength and hope for other...

  • The Central Conference of American Rabbis opposes the Trump Administration’s decision to eliminate funding for United Nations refugee assistance programs in Palestinian Territories or programs that encourage coexistence between Israelis and their Palestinian neighbors. Reform rabbis understand that the Palestinian Authority is marked by corruption, and that not all assistance reaches its intended recipients. As...

  • September 12, 2018 The Honorable R. Alexander Acosta Secretary of Labor Department of Labor 200 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20210 Dear Secretary Acosta: On behalf of the 21 undersigned Jewish organizations, we urge you to rescind the August 10, 2018 Department of Labor (DOL), Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Directive 2018-03 that...

  • August 31, 2018 The Honorable Charles Grassley Chairman U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary 224 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Dianne Feinstein Ranking Member U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary 152 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Re: Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to Associate Justice of the Supreme Court...

  • August 15, 2018 The Honorable Donald J. Trump The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President: We write to you as 36 national Jewish organizations to urge you to set a refugee admissions ceiling of at least 75,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2019. We have joined together to ask you...

  • August 14, 2018 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Chuck Schumer Democratic Leader United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Leader McConnell and Leader Schumer: The undersigned national and state organizations, representing health care consumers and patients, providers, and other stakeholders, are writing to urge the Senate...

  • Friday, August 3, 2018 The Central Conference of American Rabbis views with concern U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s establishment of a “Religious Liberty Task Force.” “As Jews, we know intimately the importance of religious freedom protections, which have allowed us and many other communities of faith to live freely according to our religious beliefs, practices,...

  • Today, the Reform Jewish Movement adds its voice to those calling on the Senate to reject the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. He has many professional and intellectual qualifications, but an examination of Judge Kavanaugh’s record makes it clear that his elevation to the Supreme Court would significantly jeopardize or...

  • The Central Conference of American Rabbis takes note of the awesome opportunity and responsibility facing the President of the United States and every member of the U.S. Senate as they prepare to fulfill their constitutional role in nominating and considering the confirmation of a new member of the Unite States Supreme Court. We are taught,...

  • “As Jews, we understand the plight of being an immigrant fleeing violence and oppression. We believe that the United States is a nation of immigrants and how we treat the stranger reflects on the moral values and ideals of this nation.” Alarmed by the U.S. government’s “zero tolerance” policy of separating children from their migrant...

  • The membership of Central Conference of American Rabbis is devastated to learn of the tragic and untimely death of our friend, colleague, teacher, and leader, Rabbi Aaron Panken. We send our deepest condolences to his wife Lisa Messinger, his children Eli and Samantha, his parents, his sister Rabbi Melinda Panken and her family, and the...

  • April 18, 2018 The statement below is issued by the organizations of the Reform Jewish Movement, the largest movement in Jewish life: We join with our Israeli brothers and sisters, the worldwide family of the Jewish people, and friends of Israel everywhere, to mark with joy the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State...

  • Thursday, April 12, 2018 The Central Conference of American Rabbis is distressed by violence on Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, including the firing of live rounds at protesters who threaten neither Israeli lives nor Israel’s territorial integrity.  We urge the Israeli government and IDF to practice restraint in response to the protests that promise...

  • Thursday, April 5, 2018 The Central Conference of American Rabbis condemns Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reversal of a commitment he had made to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, an agreement that would have humanely resolved the plight of thousands of asylum seekers in Israel from Eritrea, Sudan, and other African countries. Equal...

  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018 The Central Conference of American Rabbis mourns the death of a beloved Reform rabbi and giant for justice, Rabbi Lynne Landsberg, z”l. Beginning with her rabbinical ordination in 1981, Rabbi Landsberg became a leader of the CCAR and our Movement as a whole — in the congregations she served, through the...

  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 The Central Conference of American Rabbis is grief-stricken, as America and the world contemplate the murder of at least 17 young people yesterday, with others sustaining terrible injuries, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This shooting hits us particularly close to home. Children and grandchildren of our own...

  • You shall not wrong nor oppress a stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. (Exodus 22:20) January 26, 2018 – The statement below is issued by the following organizations of the Reform Jewish Movement, the largest movement in Jewish life: We strongly urge the Israeli government to reverse its decision and recognize...

  • January 26, 2018 United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator, We, the  undersigned  national  faith-based  and religious  groups, urge  you to  oppose  S. 2311 and similar measures that restrict women’s access to safe, legal abortion. We stand united  across our faith traditions  in opposing measures like S. 2311. This extreme legislation  would  block a...

  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018 The Central Conference of American Rabbis takes note of Monday’s Congressional action, ratified by the President, to reopen the federal government and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), with a bipartisan commitment to address the status of Dreamers before February 8. Reform rabbis celebrate the renewal of CHIP. Assuring access...

  • Friday, January 19, 2018 The Central Conference of American Rabbis views with deep concern the establishment of a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) formally designated for matters of ”conscience and religious freedom.” While conscience and religious freedom are obviously fundamental concerns to Reform rabbis, this HHS initiative seems intended...

  • January 12, 2018 With commitment and resolve, The Central Conference of American Rabbis prepares for this weekend of observances honoring the dreams, visions, and accomplishments of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Reform rabbis are distressed that, nearly a half century after Dr. King was assassinated, American schools are more segregated than ever; voting...

  • Tuesday, January 2, 2018 The Central Conference of American Rabbis wishes peace and blessings in 2018 to our members, the communities we serve, and to all our neighbors and friends, in the United States and Canada, Israel, and around the world. So, too, we extend good wishes to the leaders of all the nations in...

  • The Central Conference of American Rabbis strongly opposes the tax bill currently before the United States Congress. Mindful that Torah requires that those with the greatest wealth provide the largest share of support to the community, Reform rabbis oppose a bill that offers the most significant tax cut to the wealthiest among us. Mindful that...

  • Please read the full statement from the Reform Movement on the URJ’s website.

  • December 3, 2017 – 14 Kislev 5778 The Central Conference of American Rabbis wishes a hearty mazal tov to Gabi Geberovich & Alon Selav, Alona Livne & Ori Berwald, and Elizabeth Komkov & Valentine Voldovskiy, who were married today at Temple Emanu-El in New York City. We extend our best wishes to our colleagues who...

  • November 15, 2017 – Cheshvan 26, 5778 The Central Conference of American Rabbis joyfully anticipates the historic Rabbinical Ordination tomorrow at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem. When Leora Ezrachi-Vered, David Laor, Rinat Safania-Shwartz, and Yair Tobias are ordained, our seminary in Jerusalem will have ordained 102 Israelis to serve the growing progressive...

  • November 3, 2017 Mr. Kevin Brady Chairman House Committee on Ways and Means Washington, D.C. 20515 Mr. Richard Neal Ranking Member House Committee on Ways and Means Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Chairman Brady and Ranking Member Neal: The 78 undersigned organizations write to strongly oppose the inclusion of any language in the tax reform package...

  • The CCAR is proud to announce the formation of the Task Force on the Experience of Women in the Rabbinate. This new task force has been a focus of conversation and planning since March. With Ellen Weinberg Dreyfus serving as the chair and Amy Schwartzman as vice-chair, the CCAR is now taking an active step...

  • Contraceptive Coverage The Central Conference of American Rabbis objects strongly to the Trump Administration’s announcement today that health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act are no longer required to include contraceptive coverage. Jewish law permits a woman to use contraception. American law should not be governed by Jewish law, but neither ought individual women’s...

  • The Central Conference of American Rabbis grieves the deaths of at least 58 precious, irreplaceable human beings at the hands of a gunman in Las Vegas last night. We extend our deepest sympathy to the families who mourn their deaths. We pray for the healing of all those who were injured, more than 500 people....

  • September 25, 2017 Member of the United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator: We, the undersigned national Jewish organizations and institutions, are united in our belief that government should work to expand, not limit, access to health care. We are deeply concerned that the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal will significantly undermine access to care...

  • Rabbis Forgo Annual High Holy Days Call with President Wednesday, August 23, 2017 The High Holy Days are an opportunity for reflection and introspection. As the leaders of major denominations in American Jewish life, we have been deeply engaged in both, considering the events of the Jewish year that is ending and preparing spiritually for...

  • The Central Conference of American Rabbis Condemns Invasive Body Searches of HUC-JIR students at Kotel Wednesday, August 23, 2017 The Central Conference of American Rabbis condemns, in the strongest terms, invasive body searches of female students of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, conducted by security forces at the behest of Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Chief Rabbi...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Condemns President Trump’s Response to White Supremacist Domestic Terrorists  Thursday, August 17, 2017 The Central Conference of American Rabbis is outraged that the President of the United States has repeatedly equivocated in condemnation of the white supremacists who rained terror and violence upon Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend. The President’s failure...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Deplores White Supremacist Violence Sunday, August 13, 2017 The Central Conference of American Rabbis grieves with all decent Americans today, during a weekend of racist and anti-Semitic hate speech and violence that led to murder in Virginia and scarred our nation’s soul. In Pirkei Avot, the Chapters of our Sages, we...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Responds to President Trump on Transgender Equality Wednesday, July 26, 2017 The Central Conference of American Rabbis condemns President Donald J. Trump’s statement that transgender Americans would not be permitted to serve in the United States Armed Forces. Transgender Americans have served honorably in the U.S. military—when they could not...

  • The Central Conference of American Rabbis Grieves the Violent Loss of Life in Recent Days Tuesday, July 25, 2017 The Central Conference of American Rabbis grieves the violent loss of life in the Middle East in recent days, beginning with the July 14 terrorist murder of two Israeli police officers at the holy place known...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Condemns Terrorist Murder of Israeli Police Officers in Jerusalem  Friday, July 14, 2017 The Central Conference of American Rabbis mourns the deaths of two Israeli police officers, Haiel Satawe and Kamil Shnaan, murdered in the line of duty by terrorists in Jerusalem’s Old City Friday. The attack took place near the city’s Lion’s Gate, closest...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Statement on the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 The Central Conference of American Rabbis opposes the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 as proposed by the majority leadership in the United States Senate Thursday and urges the Senate to reject or substantially alter it so that coverage is made more...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Statement on the Israeli Conversion Bill Wednesday, July 12, 2017 The Central Conference of American Rabbis condemns the bill put forward in the Knesset by Israel’s ultra-Orthodox parties with support from Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Cabinet. The bill would grant the ultra-Orthodox Chief Rabbinate sole legal authority over conversion in Israel...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Deplores Netanyahu’s Government’s Reversal on Kotel Compromise The Central Conference of American Rabbis condemns the Israeli government’s announcement today that it is officially freezing implementation of its January, 2016 compromise agreement to create space for egalitarian prayer at the Kotel equal in stature to the Orthodox sections for gender-segregated prayer,...

  • CCAR Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Six-Day War Tuesday, June 6, 2017 The Central Conference of American Rabbis marks the 50th Anniversary of Israel’s Six-Day War with both joy and sober reflection. We rejoice that the Israel Defense Forces heroically prevailed over an enemy that was poised to destroy the Jewish State. We...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Deplores U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord Friday, June 02, 2017 The Central Conference of American Rabbis is dismayed by the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. Our nation’s abdication of its share of the global human responsibility to reduce climate change and establish climate justice violates our...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Opposes White House Budget Proposal Thursday, May 25, 2017 The Central Conference of American Rabbis strenuously objects to the White House’s proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget unveiled this week. Every budget is a statement of values. The President’s budget recommendation neglects the foundational values that we hold dear as Reform...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Statement on the American Health Care Act May 4, 2017 The Central Conference of American Rabbis opposes the American Health Care Act as adopted by the United States House of Representatives today and urges the United States Senate to reject or substantially alter it. Since Moses (Numbers 12:13), rabbis have...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Deplores New Law Targeting Planned Parenthood Tuesday, April 18, 2017 The Central Conference of American Rabbis strongly condemns legislation, signed into law by President Trump last week, enabling states to deny needy women the right to receive vital family planning and preventative healthcare services through Planned Parenthood and other health...

  • CCAR Condemns Rising Antisemitism, Reaffirms Commitment to Pursuit of Justice in Turbulent Times Sunday, March 19, 2017 As the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the rabbinic leadership organization of Reform Judaism in North America and worldwide, gathers for its Annual Convention, it reaffirms its historic commitment to the pursuit of justice for all Americans,...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Deplores Repeated Bomb Threats at Jewish Community Centers Tuesday, February 21, 2017 The Central Conference of American Rabbis is dismayed by bomb threats called into scores of Jewish Community Centers across the country in four sprees over the last several weeks. We are grateful that none of these threats have...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Concerned by New Deportation Strategy Tuesday, February 21, 2017 The Central Conference of American Rabbis is deeply concerned by “guidance documents” released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), paving the way for dramatically increased and expedited deportation of immigrants in the United States. Reform rabbis have long advocated...

  • Reform Jewish Movement Opposes David Friedman’s Nomination for U.S. Ambassador to Israel Friday, February 17, 2017 There can be no doubt that David Friedman loves Israel or that he has an extraordinarily close relationship with President Trump, but those are not the essential qualifications of a U.S. Ambassador to Israel. This week, we watched as...

  • CCAR-ARZA Statement on Two-State Solution Thursday, February 16, 2017 The Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Association of Reform Zionists of America emphatically restate our support for the two-state solution. We continue to envision Israel thriving as a Jewish State, living in peace and security alongside a Palestinian State that would fulfill the legitimate national aspirations...

  • ARZA, CCAR Strongly Condemn Israeli Regularization Bill Declare New Law Undemocratic and Shortsighted Tuesday, February 7, 2017 The Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) strongly condemn the Knesset’s passage yesterday of the so-called “Regularization Bill” as undemocratic and shortsighted. In a disturbing turn of events, the...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Opposes Confirmation of Elizabeth “Betsy” DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education Sunday, February 5, 2017 ​When the Talmud teaches that “Jerusalem was destroyed because school children were kept from their classrooms,” it conveys eternal truth: Education is essential to the welfare, indeed the survival, of any society. In America, Jewish...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Affirms Commitment to Johnson Amendment  Friday, February 3, 2017 On Thursday, at the National Prayer Breakfast, where the Central Conference of American Rabbis was represented by its President, Rabbi Denise Eger, President Donald Trump vowed to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment, designed by former President Lyndon B. Johnson when he was a...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Opposes President’s Executive Action on Pipelines Thursday, January 26, 2017 The Central Conference of American Rabbis continues to support the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, and to oppose the Dakota pipeline, at least as currently routed. Therefore, we strongly object to President Trump’s January 24 Executive Action in this regard. We...

  • CCAR Statement on Voter Fraud and Voter Suppression Wednesday, January 25, 2017 The Central Conference of American Rabbis notes with concern that President Trump has ordered an in-depth investigation into unsubstantiated claims of alleged voter fraud, but taken no action to address the very real problem of voter suppression. While Reform rabbis welcome any inquiry...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Condemns Terror Attack in Jerusalem Monday, January 9, 2017 The Central Conference of American Rabbis mourns the loss of innocent life Sunday morning in Jerusalem, when a Palestinian terrorist murdered four young Israeli soldiers participating in an educational tour, not on combat duty, and wounded many others. The young soldiers...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Condemns Terror Attack in Jerusalem Monday, January 9, 2017 The Central Conference of American Rabbis mourns the loss of innocent life Sunday morning in Jerusalem, when a Palestinian terrorist murdered four young Israeli soldiers participating in an educational tour, not on combat duty, and wounded many others. The young soldiers...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Expresses Support For NAACP Friday, January 6, 2017 This week, in Alabama, NAACP leaders, including NAACP President Cornell William Brooks, placed themselves on the front lines of justice, engaging in peaceful civil disobedience at the Alabama office of Sen. Jeff Sessions, calling upon Sessions to withdraw as President-Elect Donald J....

  • Response to Secretary Kerry’s Remarks Wednesday, December 28, 2016 We share these words from our friend and colleague Rabbi Rick Jacobs regarding Secretary Kerry’s remarks today. We reaffirm CCAR’s longstanding commitment to peace, democracy, and a two-state solution as stated in our historic resolutions, including that of 2015. Rabbi Denise L. Eger            ...

  • The Central Conference of American Rabbis Opposes Anti-Israel Resolution Approved by U.N. Security Council Friday,  December 23, 2016 The Central Conference of American Rabbis expresses strong disagreement with today’s Security Council Resolution targeting Israel, while also affirming its opposition to the Israeli settlement policy and its support for a two state solution. The CCAR has...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Statement on Nomination of U.S. Ambassador to Israel Friday, December 16, 2016  The Central Conference of American Rabbis respects that the new nominee to be the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, is a longstanding friend of Israel and a Hebrew speaker, both of which are qualities that would enhance...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Denounces Proposed Ohio Bill to Restrict Women’s Reproductive Liberty  Thursday, December 8, 2016 Yesterday, the Ohio Legislature ignominiously adopted draconian restrictions on abortion rights. If signed into law, the bill known as HB 493, would impose lengthy prison sentences on physicians who terminate pregnancies as early as the first fetal...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Responds to Massive Fires in Israel Monday, November 28, 2016   The Central Conference of American Rabbis has watched with concern as much of Israel has burned. For the better part of a week, raging fires threatened not only forests and wildlife, but homes, lives, and property. We are grateful...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Condemns Death Threats and Vandalism at Ra’anana Synagogue Thursday, November 24, 2016 The Central Conference of American Rabbis is outraged that our friends at Kehilat Ra’anana awakened this morning to find hateful messages spray-painted on their sacred synagogue home. We are horrified that threats have been issued, by name, against...

  • Reform Movement Statement on the 2016 Presidential Election Wednesday, November 9, 2016 The people have voted and American democracy is strong. We respect that vote and we extend our hand to President-elect Trump. We also extend our hand to the members of the 115th Congress. These leaders will have critical decisions to make that will...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Celebrates Sacred Action at the Western Wall Wednesday, November 2, 2016 The Central Conference of American Rabbis commends Reform and Conservative Movement leaders — including CCAR members Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism and Rabbi Dan Freelander, President of the World Union of Progressive Judaism; CCAR...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Applauds Christian Rejection of Worst Anti-Israel Initiatives Monday, June 27, 2016 The Central Conference of American Rabbis is grateful to its friends in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Unitarian Universalist Association, who have prevailed in defeating or amending the most virulently anti-Israel overtures in each church. Presbyterians and Unitarians...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Outraged at the Mass Murder in Orlando Wednesday, June 15, 2016 The Central Conference of American Rabbis mourns the tragic deaths of the precious souls at the hands of a hate-filled terrorist in Orlando, Florida. The Talmud teaches that one who kills a single human being has committed a crime...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Commends United Methodist Church’s Rejection of Anti-Israel Initiatives   Friday, May 20, 2016 The Central Conference of American Rabbis gratefully commends the United Methodist Church, which embraced the Jewish State of Israel and its quest for peace at the Church’s recently-completed quadrennial General Conference. As it has done repeatedly in the...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Applauds Attorney General’s Directive Forbidding Public School Discrimination against Transgender Students Monday, May 16, 2016 The Central Conference of American Rabbis welcomes U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s advisory, which affirms that discrimination against transgender Americans is prohibited by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.   We have for years stated that...

  • Reform Movement Leaders Speak Out Against State-Level Anti-LGBT Legislation May 2, 2016 In response to numerous anti-LGBT laws being introduced, and in many cases passed, at the state-level, the leadership of the Union for Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and the North American Federation of...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Endorses the Revolution on Moral Values Tour Wednesday, April 13, 2016 The Central Conference of American Rabbis is pleased to endorse the Revolution on Moral Values Tour, led by our friend and teacher, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, the architect of the Moral Monday Movement, along with Rev. Dr....

  • Reform Movement Response to News That Donald Trump Will Speak At AIPAC Policy Conference  Monday, March 14, 2016 The Reform Jewish Movement has always worked very closely with AIPAC. We respect completely its decision to invite all the viable candidates for president to speak at its upcoming Policy Conference. By inviting the candidates to speak,...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Condemns Israel Tourism Minister Yariv Levin’s Comments on Reform Judaism Wednesday, February 3, 2016 The Central Conference of American Rabbis calls upon all Israeli and American Jews to come together and stand against Minister Levin’s comments on American Reform Jews. Minister Levin is entitled to his private beliefs. However, as...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Condemns Israel Tourism Minister Yariv Levin’s Comments on Reform Judaism Wednesday, February 3, 2016 The Central Conference of American Rabbis calls upon all Israeli and American Jews to come together and stand against Minister Levin’s comments on American Reform Jews. Minister Levin is entitled to his private beliefs. However, as...

  • CCAR Statement Opposing the So-Called “First Amendment Defense Act” Wednesday, January 20, 2016 The Central Conference of American Rabbis adamantly opposes the so-called “First Amendment Defense Act,” introduced by Senator Mike Lee as S. 1598 and by Rep. Raul Labrador as H.R. 2802. The proposal would advance no First Amendment freedom, but would grant a...

  • CCAR Statement Supporting the President’s Executive Action on Gun Violence Tuesday, January 5, 2016 The Central Conference of American Rabbis applauds the President’s decision to use his Executive power to act to reduce gun violence in America. As the Federal government is the largest purchaser of weapons in the nation, we believe that they should...

  • CCAR Statement Condemning Anti-Muslim Bigotry Tuesday, December 8, 2015 The Central Conference of American Rabbis condemns anti-Muslim bigotry worldwide, in America, and in the campaign for President of the United States. Specifically, we are horrified by Donald J. Trump’s proposal that all Muslims be barred even from visiting the United States, let alone immigrating, especially...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Seeks Chanukah’s Light at a Dark Time Tuesday, December 7, 2015 In ancient days, the Maccabees and later the rabbis designated a festival that would bring light to dispel the darkness of winter’s shortest days. In our own day, Chanukah 5776 (2015) has arrived at an hour of our world’s...

  • CCAR Statement Condemning American Anthropological Association Boycott of Israeli Institutions and Anthropologists Wednesday, November 25, 2015 The Central Conference of American Rabbis, in the strongest terms, condemns the overwhelming vote by members of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), to boycott Israeli academic institutions and the anthropologists employed by them. The vote taken at AAA’s annual...

  • CCAR joins Women’s Rabbinic Network in Joint Statement on the Rabbinical Council of America’s Ban Against Women Rabbis Tuesday, November 3, 2015 At the spring assembly of the Rabbinical Council of America’s (RCA) 51st Annual Convention held in Scarsdale, NY on April 26, 2010 a unanimous resolution passed amongst rabbinic leadership, stating that women can...

  • CCAR Statement on the Attack of Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Human Rights Activist October 26, 2015 The Central Conference of American Rabbis is appalled by the violent attack of its member, Rabbis for Human Rights co-founder, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, on Friday. Rabbi Ascherman was engaged in one of his regular activities, helping West Bank Palestinians to...

  • CCAR Deplores Terrorism, Denounces Abbas Wednesday, October 7, 2015 The Central Conference of American Rabbis grieves the deaths of Naama and Eitam Henkin, brutally murdered in the sight of their four children; and of Nehemia Lavi and Aharon Banita, savagely stabbed to death in Jerusalem. All four were victims of Palestinian terrorists, with the Henkins’...

  • Reform Jewish Movement Response To Iran Deal: Address Important Concerns, Focus On The Day After     Whether the JCPOA is approved or defeated, there will be a day after. It is essential that this debate not be allowed to create a lasting rift between Israel and the U.S., between North American Jews and Israelis, or among...

  • CCAR Condemns Deceptive Campaign against Planned Parenthood Monday, July 27, 2015 The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) is appalled by the falsehoods disseminated by the so-called “Center for Medical Progress,” in an effort to discredit Planned Parenthood. Even more strongly, we condemn members of Congress who have seized this manufactured moment as an excuse...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Endorses the Equality Act Friday, July 24, 2015 The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) enthusiastically welcomes the introduction and urges the swift adoption of the Equality Act, seeking at long last to provide equal civil rights to all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Long a leader...

  • CCAR Statement Welcoming Actions of Episcopalian and Mennonite Church Bodies July 3, 2015 The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) is cheered by the resounding defeat of an anti-Israel divestment initiative by voice vote in the American Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops and by the tabling of a similar motion at the Mennonite Church U.S.A.’s...

  • CCAR Statement Condemning the Vote of the United Church of Christ General Synod to Join the Global BDS Movement Targeting Israel Wednesday, July 1, 2015   With sadness and dismay, we condemn the action of the United Church of Christ (UCC) to target Israel with divestment and boycotts. With this vote, the UCC has now...

  • Shabbat of Solidarity Friday, June 26, 2015 In an extraordinary display of unity, a broad cross-section of American Jewish organizations has joined together to declare this coming Shabbat, June 26th, to be a Shabbat of Solidarity with the African-American Community. In light of the horrific act of violence in Charleston, South Carolina, leaders of the...

  • CCAR Condemns Attack on South Carolina Church Thursday, June 18, 2015 The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) is shocked and horrified to learn of the tragic murders at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.   As clergy whose job it is to gather people in the study of sacred scripture, we are...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Congratulates ARZA on WZO Election Victory Reform Rabbis are pleased that the Reform Movement’s Zionist Organization won the elections to allow for a Reform presence in the World Zionist Congress.  New York, NY – June 5, 2015 – The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the rabbinic leadership organization of Reform...

  • Statement of the Central Conference of American Rabbis Concerning Recent Anti-Semitic Attacks on Jews in Paris Tuesday, May 5, 2015 The Central Conference of American Rabbis condemns the attack on two Jewish men in Paris last week by a gang estimated at 40 people, identified as members of Gaza Firm, a pro-Palestinian group that is...

  • Central Conference of American Rabbis Condemns Beating of Charlie Kalech and Alden Solovy By Ushers at the Kotel in Jerusalem April 22, 2015 The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) condemns, in the strongest terms, the physical assault sustained by Charlie Kalech and Alden Solovy at the Kotel, the Western Retaining Wall of the Jerusalem Temple...