About the Rabbinical Placement Commission
The Rabbinical Placement Commission
CCAR / HUC-JIR / URJ
The Joint Rabbinical Placement Commission was established in 1961 as a partnership between the CCAR (Rabbis), URJ (Congregations) and HUC/JIR (Seminary Educators) to help oversee and ensure the orderly synagogue placement of Reform Rabbis. The Joint Commission is the nexus of the organizations and voices whose overarching and common goal is the fostering of excellence in the Rabbinate.
In addition to establishing policies that govern and guide current Placement activities, the Joint Commission also looks at the future of Reform Judaism and the rabbinate, and works to identify and address trends, issues and challenges facing Rabbis at every stage of their careers and congregations of all sizes and locations. For example, the CCAR Mentoring Program is a direct result of the Joint Commission’s collaboration, put into operation to assist new Rabbis make the transition from Seminary to the workplace.
Chairs of the Rabbinic Placement Commission
1961-1963: Jerome Malino
1964-1968: Bernard Bamberger
1969-1972: Leon Feuer
1973-1977: David Jacobson
1978-1982: Jack Stern, Jr.
1983-1992: Ronald Sobel
1993-1997: Donald Berlin
1998-2011: Ronne Friedman
2012-Present: Randi Musnitsky