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

The Power of Storytelling
Monday, August 26th 2019 1:00 PM CCAR Members Log In View Event.
Texts That Lead to Action: Addressing Today’s Critical Issues
Tuesday, September 10th 2019 1:00 PM CCAR Members Log In View Event.
To Lead and to Pray: The Challenges of Being K’lei Kodesh
Thursday, September 12th 2019 1:00 PM CCAR Members Log In View Event.
Yizkor: Creating a Space to Remember
Monday, September 16th 2019 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.
The Israeli Elections: The Impact on the Jewish State, Progressive Judaism and Our Communities. Co-sponsored with ARZA
Thursday, September 19th 2019 1:00 PM CCAR Members Log In View Event.
Understanding the Assault on Reproductive Rights: A Jewish and Legal View
Wednesday, October 16th 2019 1:00 PM CCAR Members Log In View Event.

Upcoming Programs

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Aug. 26, 2019
1:00 PM
The Power of StorytellingRabbi Zoe Klein and Shira Kline
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 Lisa Delson
Sep. 16, 2019
12:00 PM
Yizkor: Creating a Space to RememberRabbis Dalia Marx, PhD, Andrew Busch, and Shira Stern
Sep. 19, 2019
1:00 PM
The Israeli Elections: The Impact on the Jewish State, Progressive Judaism and Our Communities. Co-sponsored with ARZAMichael Marmur and Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin
Oct. 16, 2019
1:00 PM
Understanding the Assault on Reproductive Rights: A Jewish and Legal ViewDahlia Lithwick, Mark Washofsky, and Emily Langowitz
Oct. 24, 2019
12:30 PM
The Ethics Code A-ZAndi Berlin and Roz 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 and others
Nov. 04, 2019
1:00 PM
Negotiating My First Contract Renewal: What Do I Need To Know?Michael Gan, Alan Henkin, and others
Nov. 05, 2019 - Nov. 06, 2019
12:00 AM
Rabbi as Chief Engagement OfficerLarry Dressler, Blue Wing Consulting

Past Programs

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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
Jul. 08, 2019
All day
Yom Iyyun 2019 CCAR and MARAM Joint Seminar Rabanut and Ribonot: The New Israeli ChallengeTBA
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