On Sex Education in the Schools (CCAR)

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Adopted by the CCAR at the 98th Annual Convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis

WHEREAS Judaism considers sexual relations a matter of religious concern, and

WHEREAS the incidences of both teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases in the population at large are on the rise, and

WHEREAS the availability of accurate information about reproduction, sexually-transmitted diseases, and contraception have been demonstrated to have a positive impact on curbing adolescent pregnancy and the incidence of sexually-transmitted disease,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Central Conference of American Rabbis urge all the synagogue schools, day schools, and youth groups of our movement to offer courses and programs, on all levels, in sex education, which would deal both with Jewish values with emphasis on the centrality of the family and with objective information about reproduction, sexually-transmitted diseases and contraception, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the CCAR urge the inclusion of sex education in the public schools on all levels (from grade school through high school), and the establishment of parent/educator advisory groups for local schools to formulate the curricular objectives of these programs, and the consideration by local school boards and parent groups, of school based health clinics as effective agencies for the dissemination of birth control information and devices

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