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Central Conference of American Rabbis Approves Plan to “draft” Rabbis for Chaplaincy

The Central Conference of American Rabbis, meeting here concurrently with the Union of American Hebrew Congregations biennial assembly, today unanimously approved a chaplaincy procurement program which incorporates features similar to Selective Service. The plan was adopted at an extraordinary session of the C.C.A.R.

Under the plan, rabbis will be divided between those who have previously served in the chaplaincy and those who have not. These divisions will further be classified as follows: single rabbis, married, married with one child and married with more than one child. The Central Conference’s action was taken in connection with the nationwide campaign being conducted by the National Jewish Welfare Board to recruit an additional 100 Jewish chaplains urgently needed by the U.S. armed forces.