Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Leadership Initiatives: Lifelong Learning

CCAR has identified Torah study and professional development as pillars of its Mission in order to provide excellence in rabbinic leadership and to strengthen the Jewish community. Each CCAR learning event–-whether in-person seminar or teleconference, one hour or multi-day, instrumental skill based or text oriented-–is grounded in Torah or prayer. These programs advance competencies in Leadership, Professional Skills, Organizational Management and Growth, and Communications Systems.




Fundraising for Rabbis: Shekels—Creating a Giving Culture in Your Organization and Synagogue
with David Altschuler and Rabbi Steven Fox

April 9 – 10, 2018 (Monday – Tuesday)
New York City  –  Location Information Details Coming Soon!

Acquire skills for fundraising, planned giving, the art of the “ask”, major gifts, board development, and annual campaigns.


Retirement Seminar with the Reform Pension Board

April 22 – 24, 2018 (Sunday – Tuesday) New York City  – Location Information Details Coming Soon!

An outstanding introduction to retirement issues. CCAR encourages rabbis to attend at least ten years prior to retirement, if possible.
Plan for retirement in advance!


Havah T’filah: High Holy Day Best Practices (In Partnership with the ACC)
April 30, 2018 – May 1, 2018 (Monday – Tuesday)
Miami, FL – Location Information Details Coming Soon!

This extremely popular and meaningful program between rabbis and cantors continues with a focus this year on the ways in which we enhance the High Holy Day experience for our community members. The focus will be on exchanging best practices that have proven to be engaging, meaningful, and significant in our lives.
Attendees must be member of the CCAR or the ACC.


First 100 Days: for Every Rabbi in Transition
with Rabbis Steven Fox and Alan Henkin
May 8 – 9, 2018 (Tuesday – Wednesday)
Los Angeles – Location Information Details Coming Soon!

Start strong in your new rabbinic position by exploring various approaches and
techniques for entry planning. Engage in priority-setting, developing relationships,
and measuring success.


Rabbi as Supervisor – Five Essential Skills They Never Taught You in Seminary
with Larry Dressler

May 29 – 30, 2018
New York City – Location Information Details Coming Soon!

As you progress in your career, you become responsible not only for your performance, but you are also expected to achieve results through others.  Managing others involves a specific skill-set and in the context of congregational or organizational life, has its own unique challenges. Whether you supervise one or many people in your organization, this two-day seminar, taught by Larry Dressler, will provide you with pragmatic tools and skills to:

  • Delegate responsibilities effectively
  • Coach others to support their growth
  • Manage people to achieve results
  • Systematize supervision on your calendar
  • Set priorities in resource-limited environments



Seeking Everyday Holiness: A Community Mussar Program (A three-session virtual workshop)
with Alan Morinis, Dean of the Mussar Institute.  In partnership with the Mussar Institute and the URJ.

This program provides a practical and accessible introduction to the transformative teachings and practices of Mussar, based on the book Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis.

Each webinar will be 90 minutes

Spring 2018 Series
April 17, 2018, 1:00PM ET
April 24, 2017, 1:00PM ET
May 1, 2018, 1:00PM ET

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CCAR Ethics Code: Recent Changes to be Aware of
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 – 1:30pm ET

As rabbis, we are expected to abide by the highest moral values of our Jewish tradition: personal conscience and professional integrity, honorable social relationships, and the virtues of family life.  Therefore, the CCAR established the Code of Ethics in 1991 to which all members are obligated.  As a committee we have made amended it many times, including 10 of the last 12 years.

The CCAR Ethics Code is a dynamic document, which has continued to evolve to meet the needs of the changing rabbinate and a changing world.  This webinar will focus on the most recent amendments, and include a Q&A with attendees.

Rabbi Rosalind Gold will moderate the conversation, and Rabbi Martin Weiner will be a special presenter.

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A Special Series for Rabbis Leading Small Congregations
Wednesday, February 14, 2018  – 1:00pm ET

Rabbis leading small congregations have wonderful opportunities and unique challenges to engage their community in vibrant Jewish life.  This series is intended to balance learning with engagement among small congregation rabbis.  Topic – Teaching Tolerance

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The Ethics Process: Balancing the Rabbi, Victim, and Community
Thursday, February 22, 2018 – 1:30pm ET

The Ethics process is designed to protect the sacred and safe nature of communities and to assure that rabbis live up to the highest moral values of Jewish life. To achieve these aspirational goals, the Ethics process delicately balances the needs of congregations, organizations, complainants, victims, and
rabbis and their families.

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Nurturing the Spiritual Life
With Rabbi Rex Perlmeter, Rabbi Betsy Torop & Rabbi Lisa Goldstein

Thursday, March 8, 2018 – 1:00pm ET

Whatever our particular career paths, most of us are in some way involved with facilitating the spiritual lives of others. This webinar will explore how we can “jumpstart” our personal spiritual lives and practice in those moments when we may feel distant from the Holy.

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CCAR Interfaith Israel Trip
with Hara Person
Jan 28 – Feb 3, 2018

CCAR Israel Leadership Trip
with Hara Person and Janet Liss
Feb 4 – 10, 2018

CCAR Mission to Cuba
November 11 – 15, 2018

Details Coming Soon!