52nd General Assembly
New York, NY
PREAMBLE: Since the establishment of the current Rabbinical Placement Commission at the 1963 Biennial in Chicago, it has striven to improve the methods and procedures used by member congregations of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations in obtaining Rabbinic leadership. There is no doubt that many of the unwise, inequitable and chaotic practices prevalent prior to the establishment of the Rabbinical Placement Commission have been substantially eliminated.
HOWEVER, in consonance with such activities as "Long Range Planning" and the "Models for the Future Program," the Rabbinical Placement Commission must now meet new challenges and solve new problems arising from the ever-changing nature of Reform Jewish religious interest and participation throughout the land. It is time, moreover, to study the experience of the past decade and to inquire whether our placement procedures can be improved.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the matter of the Rabbinical Placement shall be referred to a Joint Committee for the purpose of study and review of its composition and procedures and such other matters as may be pertinent to it and to make recommendations within one (1) year from this date to the UAHC Board of Trustees, to the Board of Governors of the HUC-JIR, and to the Executive Board of the CCAR.
RESOLVED, that this Joint Committee shall consist of six (6) members appointed by the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the UAHC and we call upon the president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis to appoint six (6) members to the Joint Committee and we call upon the chairman of the Board of Governors of the HUC-JIR to appoint six (6) members to the Joint Committee so that the membership of the Joint Committee will be balanced; and further
RESOLVED, that after this Joint Committee has made its recommendations it shall then be its duty to prepare such implementing resolutions as it deems necessary for submission to the 1975 Biennial in accordance with the By-Laws of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations; and to the convention of the CCAR in accordance with its By-Laws.