SOURCE: Central Conference of American Rabbis

Central Conference of American Rabbis

March 16, 2010 11:11 ET

Leaders of Largest Group of Jewish Clergy Urge U.S. to Strengthen Sanctions Against Iran

Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), Which Represents Nearly 2,000 Reform Rabbis Around the World, Applauds the Government's Past Actions Against Nuclear Weapons Development in Iran and Encourages Efforts of Congress and the President to Enhance Sanctions

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - March 16, 2010) - The leaders of the Reform rabbinate, the world's largest group of Jewish clergy, have issued a statement urging Congress and President Obama to act speedily to strengthen sanctions against Iran in order to prevent the country from coming closer to full nuclear capabilities. The statement was issued during the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) 121st Annual Convention which took place last week in San Francisco, CA.

According to the statement, "...a bipartisan coalition in the House of Representatives introduced the Iran Sanctions Enhancement Act, which would enhance the existing sanctions regime by requiring accountability on behalf of all arms of the U.S. government. In keeping with long-standing CCAR positions, we support this proposed legislation and other moves like it that may prove necessary in the weeks and months ahead."

To arrange a conversation with Rabbi Ellen Weinberg Dreyfus, President of the CCAR, or Rabbi Steven A. Fox, Executive Vice President, please contact Itay Engelman of Sommerfield Communications at 212-255-8386 or itay@sommerfield.com.

Following is the full text of the statement from the CCAR leaders.

Central Conference of American Rabbis
San Francisco, California
March 10, 2010

The development of nuclear weapons capability by the Islamic Republic of Iran poses the greatest threat to world peace today and is an existential danger to the State of Israel and its people.

The Central Conference of American Rabbis, the largest organization of Jewish clergy in the world, is gathered this week for its annual Convention in San Francisco. Israel, though, is never far from our minds. In 2006, meeting in San Diego, our Conference adopted a comprehensive resolution on the threat posed by Iran. Sadly, that threat, to Israel and to world peace, has only worsened.

We are grateful to leaders in Congress and in the Obama Administration, and in the Bush Administration before it, who have stood up against nuclear weapons development in Iran. Working with Zionist organizations and our Reform Movement institutions, the American government has enacted ever-deepening sanctions aimed at reducing the nuclear threat from Iran. We support those endeavors.

This very week, as we have been meeting in convention, a bipartisan coalition in the House of Representatives introduced the Iran Sanctions Enhancement Act, which would enhance the existing sanctions regime by requiring accountability on behalf of all arms of the U.S. government. In keeping with long-standing CCAR positions, we support this proposed legislation and other moves like it that may prove necessary in the weeks and months ahead. We urge both houses of Congress and the President to act speedily to strengthen sanctions aimed at stopping an Iranian regime that moves ever closer to full nuclear capability.

Rabbi Ellen Weinberg Dreyfus             Rabbi Steven A. Fox
President                                Chief Executive
            Central Conference of American Rabbis

About The CCAR

The Central Conference of American Rabbis, founded in 1889, is the oldest and largest rabbinic organization in North America. As the professional organization for Reform Rabbis of North America, the CCAR projects a powerful voice in the religious life of the American and international Jewish communities. Since its establishment, the CCAR has a rich history of giving professional and personal support to Reform rabbis, providing them opportunities for study, professional development and spiritual growth beginning while they are still in seminary, through mid-careers, and into retirement. The CCAR is uniquely positioned to meet the ongoing needs of its nearly 2,000 member rabbis (virtually the entire Reform rabbinate) and the entire Reform Jewish community. For more information please visit the CCAR's website at http://ccarnet.org/. For the latest news from the CCAR follow @ReformRabbis on Twitter.

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