Continuing Rabbinic Education

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 2019-2021 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.

As part of our new Continuing Education Requirement, each member of the CCAR is asked annually to read the CCAR Code of Ethics. You were given the opportunity to indicate that you had read the code when you submitted your 2019-2020 dues form. If you did NOT indicate on your dues form that you have read the code, please take a few minutes to read the Ethics Code and indicate that you have done so here.


Highlighted Programs

Larry Dressler
Rabbi as Chief Engagement Officer
Tuesday, November 5th 2019 - Wednesday, November 6th 2019 12:00 AM CCAR Members Log In View Event.
The Ethics Code A-Z
Thursday, October 24th 2019 12:30 PM CCAR Members Log In View Event.

Upcoming Programs

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Oct. 24, 2019
12:30 PM
The Ethics Code A-ZAndi Berlin and Rosalind Gold
Oct. 31, 2019
1:00 PM
When Communal Trauma Occurs: How to Prepare for the Unexpected [Part 1 of a Three-Part In-depth Series]Shira Stern, Zahara Davidowitz Farkas, and Seth Bernstein
Nov. 04, 2019
1:00 PM
Negotiating My First Contract Renewal: What Do I Need To Know?Cindy Enger and Michael Gan
Nov. 05, 2019 - Nov. 06, 2019
12:00 AM
Rabbi as Chief Engagement OfficerLarry Dressler, Blue Wing Consulting
Nov. 07, 2019
12:00 PM
The Ingathering of Exiles: Dialogue on the Complexity of Immigration to IsraelUri Regev, John Rosove, and Judy Schindler
Nov. 13, 2019
1:00 PM
Developing a Spiritual Approach toward AgingDayle Friedman and Richard Address
Nov. 14, 2019
1:00 PM
Why Am I Special to the IRS and What’s at Risk?Michael Gan and Ellen P. Aprill
Nov. 18, 2019
1:00 PM
When Communal Trauma Occurs: How to Prepare for the Unexpected [Part 2 of a Three-Part In-depth Series]Shira Stern, Zahara Davidowitz Farkas, and Seth Bernstein
Nov. 20, 2019
1:00 PM
Freedom, Justice, and Peace: Implications for Israel and North American JewryRuth Calderon, Shmuly Yanklowitz, and John Rosove
Nov. 25, 2019
1:00 PM
Do You Know Your Bias?Karen Perolman, Jill Maderer, Ellen Lewis, and the Task Force on the Experience of Women in the Rabbinate

Past Programs

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Oct. 16, 2019
1:00 PM
Understanding the Assault on Reproductive Rights: A Jewish and Legal ViewDahlia Lithwick, Mark Washofsky, Emily Langowitz, and Ally Karpel
Sep. 19, 2019
1:00 PM
The Israeli Elections: The Impact on the Jewish State, Progressive Judaism and Our Communities. Co-sponsored with ARZADr. Michael Marmur, Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin, and Josh Weinberg
Sep. 16, 2019
12:00 PM
Yizkor: Creating a Space to RememberRabbis Dalia Marx, PhD, Andrew Busch, and Shira Stern
Sep. 12, 2019
1:00 PM
To Lead and to Pray: The Challenges of Being K’lei KodeshRabbis Mark Washofsky PhD., Rex Perlmeter, and Lisa Delson
Sep. 10, 2019
1:00 PM
Texts That Lead to Action: Addressing Today’s Critical IssuesRabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, and others
Aug. 26, 2019
1:00 PM
The Power of StorytellingRabbi Zoe Klein and Shira Kline
Aug. 22, 2019
3:00 PM
Interpreting Ancient Text Through the Lens of Today’s Issues: Insight to Guide our High Holy Day SermonsRabbis Karyn Kedar, Rachel Timoner and Josh Stanton
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. 12, 2019
12:30 PM
Psalm 27: Opening Your Heart, Co-sponsored with the ACCRabbi Debra Robbins and Cantor Richard Cohn
Aug. 07, 2019
1:00 PM
Old Fears, New Fears: How to Discuss Today’s AntisemitismRabbi Melissa B. Simon, Patricia Karlin-Neumann, and Kenneth S. Stern