The Central Conference of American Rabbis is the Reform rabbinic professional leadership organization that instills excellence in the Reform Jewish rabbinate. The oldest and largest rabbinic organization in North America, the CCAR strengthens the Jewish community by providing religious, spiritual, ethical, and intellectual leadership and wisdom for the 2,200 rabbis who serve more than 2 million Reform Jews throughout North America, Israel, and the world. The CCAR’s unique contribution to a continued vibrant Jewish community and Reform Movement lies in its work fostering excellence in Reform Rabbis, enhancing unity and connectedness among Reform Jews, applying Jewish values to a contemporary life, and creating a compelling and accessible Judaism for today and the future.
The CCAR’s rabbinic voice guides the Jewish community on important spiritual, social, cultural, and human rights issues. CCAR applies tradition, Jewish scholarship, and Jewish values to contemporary issues through the creation of Platforms, Responsa, Resolutions, and Statements meant to inspire, guide, teach, and define Judaism in our times.
CCAR is the center for lifelong rabbinic learning, career development, personal and family support, resources, and publications for the 2,200 rabbis who serve more than 2 million Reform Jews throughout North America, Israel, and the world. Ongoing Torah study and professional development, high educational and ethical standards, and pillars of the CCAR provide excellence in rabbinic leadership and strengthen the Jewish community.
For over 50 years the CCAR has provided the finest placement and employment services for thousands of rabbis, congregations, and communities. The CCAR provides resources and training for both rabbis and communities to ensure smooth placement and transition, as they make the single most important decision in Jewish life – finding the right rabbinic leadership for their community.
CCAR Statement of Solidarity with the State and People of Israel
The CCAR stands in solidarity with the State of Israel and all of its residents in the midst of the horrifying, deadly attacks of Hamas terror—unleashed by land, sea, and air. We grieve the lives lost, which continue to grow in number. Those killed include children and adults of all ages and walks of life. The prayers of Reform rabbis across North America and around the world are directed to the Land of Israel. We pray for comfort for mourners, healing for the wounded, we pray for the release of those taken captive, and safety for all who have taken shelter. We pray for the citizen-soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, those on active duty, and all who have been urgently called into service as reservists…
CCAR In the News
- Ha’aretz: U.S. Rabbis Provide Pastoral Care to Their Traumatized Israeli Counterparts
- J Life with Daniel podcast: CCAR President Erica Asch on Reform rabbis, the Reform Movement and pluralism
- Tablet: Reform Rabbis See an Increase in Conversion—Much of it Coming from the LGBTQ+ Community
- Lilith: Missouri Banned Abortion. Rabbis Fought Back
- Rabbi Hara Person in RNS: Reform Rabbis Will Not Stop Working to Build the Israel of Our Hopes and Aspirations