Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Supporting the State of Israel

Adopted by the CCAR at the 90th Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Phoenix, Arizona, March 26-29, 1979

Whereas, the land of Israel is a primary commitment of faith, and the existence of the State of Israel is the cornerstone of the survival of the Jewish people, this Conference reaffirms its encouragement of all the activities which make possible the strengthening of Israel's social fabric and economy. We are proud of the record of our congregations in their support of the United Jewish Appeal. Israel Bonds and a wide range of other educational, medical and rehabilitative activities. We applaud those congregations which have encouraged pilgrimage and student exchange, emphasized the study of Hebrew as a living language and used their platform and educational programs to provide understanding of Israeli society and the political issues of the Middle East. We take pride in the growth of the Progressive Movement in Israel, made possible, in large part, by the sacrificial labor of our colleagues who have made aliyah. We feel privileged to support the young people of our congregations who have gone up to the land and established Kibbutz Yahel out of their awareness that the redemption of labor is essential to the redemption of the spirit. We call on our congregations to continue and enlarge their active involvement in strengthening the land of all those who toil in Zion.
The Israel of our dreams, Zion, is still in part a dream. The work of humanity is forever incomplete. At times some of us have been troubled by one or another strategic or economic decision of Israel's Government; but, recognizing the military and ideological pressures under which Israel has endured and survived, this Conference reiterates its pride in Israel's record of social welfare and human rights as well as her restraint against an incessant campaign of boycott, the Big Lie and terror. The level of political participation of Christians and Muslims in Israel stands in marked contrast to the subordination and social and political ostracism of Jews and Christians in the various Islamic countries.
We are proud that Israel remains an open society in which political arguments can and are met on major issues of policy, and we are confident that the ties of the Jewish people are strong enough for there to be honest discussion of policies and issues between the Diaspora and Israel. We support the increasingly effective efforts of our Conference and ARZA to raise the issue of religious freedom within the Zionist Movement and in Israel. We are proud that these discussions go on. Our sense of interdependence is only strengthened by them.