by Reena Sigman Friedman

Protest CCAR Arizona Convention

The 90th annual convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the organization of Reform rabbis in the United States and Canada, was held last March in Phoenix despite objections by many members to holding the convention in Arizona, a state that had voted down the Equal Rights Amendment-Rabbi Judea B. Miller of Temple B’rith Kodesh in Rochester, New York, called for a general boycott a few weeks before the convention. “Every other organization of Reform Judaism has decided to reschedule its national convention out of states that have so far refused to support the Equal Rights Amendment “he said. “This is not said in judgment of colleagues who voted to keep the convention in Phoenix because they feared a possible $20,000 penalty to the (CCAR). That would have come to less than $20 per member for the sake of principle.”

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