November 15, 2017 – Cheshvan 26, 5778
The Central Conference of American Rabbis joyfully anticipates the historic Rabbinical Ordination tomorrow at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem. When Leora Ezrachi-Vered, David Laor, Rinat Safania-Shwartz, and Yair Tobias are ordained, our seminary in Jerusalem will have ordained 102 Israelis to serve the growing progressive Jewish community in the Jewish State. Our Israeli colleagues are building communities, teaching Torah, embracing diverse individuals and families, and raising the prophetic voice for social justice.
We are deeply honored to represent the Reform rabbinate by our personal presence for this historic moment in Jerusalem. The CCAR looks forward to continued partnership with HUC-JIR; MARAM, the Council of Progressive Rabbis; and the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism; and all institutions of Reform and Conservative Judaism working together to build the future of progressive Judaism in Israel.
.כי מציון תצא תורה ודבר ה׳ מירושלים
“Torah shall go forth from Zion and the word of Adonai from Jerusalem.”
Rabbi David E. Stern Rabbi Steven A. Fox
President Chief Executive
Central Conference of American Rabbis