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.



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

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

New Dates Will Be Posted Soon


Seeking Everyday Holiness: A Community Mussar Program
(Leader training workshop for the TMI/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.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – Thursday, January 11, 2018
Location: Brandeis-Bardin, Near Los Angeles

Applications to register are due by December 1, 2017

Registration Link – http://mussarinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/rabbi-flyer-la.pdf



Building A Jewish Mindfulness Practice
With Rabbi Rex Perlmeter and Beth Sandweiss

Six week sessions from 12:00pm – 1:15PM ET on October 30, 2017, November 6, 2017,
November 13, 2017, November 20, 2017, November 27, 2017 & December 4, 2017

This class is for those who would like to develop a Jewish meditation and mindfulness practice and would appreciate a structured step by ­step approach. Over 6 weeks we will share guided practices that cultivate our attention and shift from a mode of mind that is oriented toward “doing”, to a more spacious mode of mind that rests in “being.”

Registration Deadline: October 2, 2017
Registration is limited to 12 participants.

Registration Link – https://ccarnet.wufoo.com/forms/mz4gl551k3jssy/


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

Fall 2017 Series
October 26, 2016, 1:00PM ET
November 2, 2017, 1:00PM ET
November 9, 2017 1:00pm ET

Registration Link – http://mussarinstitute.org/rabbi-virtual-flyer-fall-2017/

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

Registration Link – http://mussarinstitute.org/rabbi-virtual-flyer-spring-2018/


The Fragile Dialogue: Opportunities and Challenges of Israel Education Today

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 – 12:00pm

In advance of the publication of the new CCAR Press book The Fragile Dialogue: New Voices of Liberal Zionismeducators and clergy are invited to a special webinar conversation about the opportunities and challenges of Israel Education today. Co-sponsored by the CCAR, URJ, ARZA, and ARJE, this webinar will feature Rabbi Lisa Grant, PhD, Professor of Jewish Education at HUC-JIR/NY, Rabbi Reuven Greenvald, URJ Director of Israel Engagement, and Anne Berman-Waldorf (RJE), ARJE President and Director of Lifelong Education at Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction, NJ. Rabbi Hara Person, Publisher of CCAR Press and Chief Strategy Officer of the CCAR, will open the conversation, which will center around Professor Grant’s profound chapter in The Fragile Dialogue, “Educating for Ambiguity.”

 All registrants will receive a special promo code in their confirmation email, giving them a 30% discount on The Fragile Dialogue (valid only through November 28th).

Registration Link – https://ccar.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mgEcrVdqQRiC6l26Nt5qXQ


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.

Registration Link – https://ccar.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_x3BXc1ASSxy49gZrJ1ne9Q


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 materials from the SPLC.

 Registration Linkhttps://ccar.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jyDfuFLXT6WVhIG0EL__1A




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