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Visit for all things Convention, including schedules, workshop details, maps, and more!
You can find descriptions of sessions and bios for presenters,
learn more about our 50th Year Members, and view photos and videos from key sessions. 

Join us in Chicago for our 125th Convention
March 30-April 2, 2014 

Convention will bring together two grand ideas in the great city of Chicago. Chicago is the  birthplace of the "Great Books of the Western World" project that sought to promote the learning of great ideas as part of being an educated person. Chicago is also known as "the city that works."

Inspired by these associations, the CCAR Convention will focus on engaging our intellects by grappling with the big ideas and challenging questions of life. The Convention will also pay attention to improving our skills for our day to day work as rabbis. Both of these ideas will inform one another through the study of texts, the presentations of informed and passionate speakers, communal worship and opportunities for personal connection and exchange with colleagues.


Make a donation in honor and celebration of David Ellenson.

Make a donation in honor of your colleagues celebrating 50 years in the rabbinate.

Help offset your colleagues Convention costs with a donation today.

Help to fund our opening program, Hebrew and Israel programming, and coaching programs.


Daily Themes

Making and Finding Meaning 

Autonomy and Obligation

Good and Evil

Program Highlights

Our Convention Program Committee is busy putting together an amazing program. Highlights include:

  • Study with Asher Lopatin, President of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School
  • Meet Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
  • Hear Irene Rosenfeld speak: “On Moses, Madoff and Mondel─ôz”
  • Learn from Jim Wallis on healing for the common good
  • CCAR honors David Ellenson, our colleague and friend, for his stellar leadership of the Jewish community
  • Meet with professional coaches and consultants
  • Explore arts and crafts, books, and Judaica in the exhibit hall
  • Reconnect with old friends and make new ones
  • Pray with your colleagues

Program Committee

Michael Weinberg
Convention Program Committee Chair
(847) 675-0951

Brigitte Rosenberg
Convention Program Committee Vice Chair
(314) 469-0700 

Contact Us

For more information about Convention, email
or call 212-972-3636 x240.

Exhibit at 2014 Convention

If you are interested in exhibiting at the
CCAR Convention in Chicago, 
please contact Dale Panoff at 212-972-3636 x240 or

Future Conventions 

2015 March 15-18, Philadelphia PA, Loews Hotel 

2016 February 22-28, Israel  

2017 March 19-22, location TBD 

2018 March 11-14, location TBD 

2019 March 31-April 3, location TBD 

2020 March 22-25, location TBD 

2021 March 7-11, Location TBD 

2022 March 27-30, Location TBD