Strengthening Jewish Life Through Rabbinic Leadership

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About Us

The Central Conference of American Rabbis is the Reform Rabbinic leadership organization. The CCAR enriches and strengthens the Jewish community by fostering excellence in the Reform Rabbis who lead it, in whatever setting they serve, and through the resources and publications we provide the Jewish community. CCAR members lead the Reform Movement on important spiritual, social, cultural and human rights issues, at the same time the CCAR creates and sustains the Judaism of tomorrow.

Rabbinic Voice

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.

Member Services

CCAR is the center for lifelong rabbinic learning, career development, personal and family support, resources, and publications for the 2,100 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.

Placement and Transition

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 Connect 2020

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With sadness and regret, the CCAR Board has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 CCAR Convention. The decision is due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 virus that currently make it impossible to have the Convention given current public health and safety directives….

…Though we are all disappointed to find ourselves in this unprecedented moment, we have an opportunity for an exciting experiment: CCAR Connect 2020. This will be an opportunity to benefit from the planning that has gone into the Baltimore Convention, to join in online learning opportunities with some of the teachers, scholars, and presenters who would have been with us in Baltimore, as well as to engage with colleagues in reflecting on the particular challenges of rabbinic leadership in the present moment. More details will follow…