Continuing Rabbinic Education

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CCAR understands Torah study and professional development to be pillars of its Mission to provide excellence in rabbinic leadership and to strengthen the Jewish community. Each CCAR lifelong learning event–-whether in-person seminar or webinar, 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.

The CCAR is excited to present the newest Continuing Rabbinic Education program guide to our members.  Our program guide contains robust, diverse, and in-depth educational opportunities for all rabbis no matter what setting you work in. You will find a wide variety of topics that strengthen our rabbinates, our personal lives, and our connections to each other. Our in-person seminars, webinars, leadership travel, and Convention will provide in-depth Torah study, enhance your skills in areas such as supervision and fundraising, help guide your social justice work, and elevate your rabbinate through meaningful ethics education.

We now offer many more interactive opportunities for participants in our webinars in order to create a deeper connection amongst our members. Watch in our Weekly Update and Facebook group as registration information becomes available.

For many years the CCAR has offered a robust, in-depth program of learning for rabbis to enhance rabbinic skills, engage with text and strengthen our leadership. In recognition of the importance of on-going learning and growth, the CCAR membership overwhelmingly approved a Continuing Rabbinic Education requirement at the 2018 CCAR Convention. The CRE requirement will begin on July 1, 2019. In response to some of your questions, we are providing an FAQ to clarify some of the details about this program, which begins on July 1, 2019.


Highlighted Programs

Yom Iyyun 2019 CCAR and MARAM Joint Seminar Rabanut and Ribonot: The New Israeli Challenge
Monday, July 8th 2019 All day CCAR Members Log In View Event.
Old Fears, New Fears: How to Discuss Today’s Antisemitism
Wednesday, August 7th 2019 1:00 PM CCAR Members Log In View Event.
Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation: A Pre-High Holy Day Seminar in Montgomery and Selma, AL. Registration Deadline: June 21st
Monday, August 19th 2019 - Wednesday, August 21st 2019 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM CCAR Members Log In View Event.
Larry Dressler
Rabbi as Chief Engagement Officer
Tuesday, November 5th 2019 - Wednesday, November 6th 2019 12:00 AM CCAR Members Log In View Event.

Upcoming Programs

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Jul. 08, 2019
All day
Yom Iyyun 2019 CCAR and MARAM Joint Seminar Rabanut and Ribonot: The New Israeli ChallengeTBA
Aug. 07, 2019
1:00 PM
Old Fears, New Fears: How to Discuss Today’s AntisemitismRabbi Melissa B. Simon, Kenneth S. Stern, Bard Center for the Study of Hate, and others
Aug. 12, 2019
12:30 PM
Psalm 27: Opening Your Heart, Co-sponsored with the ACCRabbi Debra Robbins, Cantors Richard Cohn and Amanda Kleinman
Aug. 19, 2019 - Aug. 21, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation: A Pre-High Holy Day Seminar in Montgomery and Selma, AL. Registration Deadline: June 21st
Aug. 22, 2019
3:00 PM
Interpreting Ancient Text Through the Lens of Today’s Issues: Insight to Guide our High Holy Day SermonsKaryn Kedar, Rachel Timoner and others
Aug. 26, 2019
1:00 PM
The Power of StorytellingArthur Strimling, Maggid HaMakom, Kolot Chayeinu, and Rabbi Zoe Klein
Sep. 04, 2019
1:00 PM
Ahavat Yisrael in Challenging Times
Sep. 10, 2019
1:00 PM
Texts That Lead to Action: Addressing Today’s Critical IssuesRabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, and others
Sep. 12, 2019
1:00 PM
To Lead and to Pray: The Challenges of Being K’lei KodeshRabbis Mark Washofsky PhD, Rex Perlmeter, and Alexis Berk
Sep. 16, 2019
12:00 PM
Yizkor: Creating a Space to RememberRabbis Dalia Marx, PhD, Andrew Busch, and Shira Stern

Past Programs

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May. 19, 2019 - May. 21, 2019
All day
Retirement Seminar with Reform Pension Board
May. 06, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The Rabbinate Seeking Sovereignty: The Evolving Story of Reform Judaism in Israel (Webinar will be in Hebrew) Janet Liss, Chen Ben Or Tsfoni, and Ofek Meir
May. 06, 2019 - May. 07, 2019
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
First 100 Days: For Every Rabbi in Job TransitionAlan Henkin and Cindy Enger
May. 01, 2019
1:00 PM
Pirkei Avot as a Guide to Considering Contemporary Social Justice IssuesShmuly Yanklowitz
Apr. 16, 2019
12:00 PM
A Conversation about Ongoing Work of the Task Force on the Experience of Women In the RabbinateAmy Schwartzman, Ellen Weinberg Dreyfus, Diana Ho, and Hara Person
Apr. 11, 2019
1:00 PM
Successful Approaches to Fundraising in Small CongregationsMarla Abraham and others
Mar. 31, 2019 - Apr. 03, 2019
All day
CCAR Annual Convention
Mar. 12, 2019
1:00 PM
The Ethics of ConfidentialityEllen Lewis, NCPsyA, DD and Mark Chopko, Specialist in Legal Issues for Religious Organizations
Mar. 04, 2019
1:00 PM
Congregational and Organizational Finances: Everything I Need To KnowMelissa Johnson, Executive Director, Temple Beth Elohim, and Laurie Pinho, CPA & CFO/COO, CCAR
Feb. 27, 2019 - Feb. 27, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Building a Jewish Mindfulness PracticeRex Perlmeter and Beth Sandweiss