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

When Communal Trauma Occurs: How to Prepare for the Unexpected [Part 2 of a Three-Part In-depth Series]
Monday, November 18th 2019 1:00 PM CCAR Members Log In View Event.
Freedom, Justice, and Peace: Implications for Israel and North American Jewry
Wednesday, November 20th 2019 1:00 PM CCAR Members Log In View Event.
Do You Know Your Bias?
Monday, November 25th 2019 1:00 PM CCAR Members Log In View Event.
Turning Your Sermon into an Op-Ed
Monday, December 9th 2019 1:00 PM CCAR Members Log In View Event.

Upcoming Programs

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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, Amy Schwartzman, and the Task Force on the Experience of Women in the Rabbinate
Dec. 09, 2019
1:00 PM
Turning Your Sermon into an Op-EdBerlinRosen Strategic Communication Professionals and others
Dec. 15, 2019
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Gender and Justice in the Jewish Community A Biennial Symposium
Dec. 16, 2019
1:00 PM
Crisis and Leadership: Sources on Rabbinic Ordination from Sixteenth-Century SafedJoseph Skloot
Dec. 19, 2019
1:00 PM
Change and the Imperative of Impactful Environmental JusticeWarren Stone, Dan Fink, and others
Jan. 13, 2020 - Jan. 16, 2020
All day
The Intentional Interim Rabbi: Refresh Your RabbinateLynn Carman Bodden and Cindy Enger
Jan. 16, 2020
1:00 PM
CCAR Ethics: A Sacred (Not Legal) SystemMark Chopko, Laura S. Lieber, and others
Jan. 23, 2020
1:00 PM
Where Have All the Leaders Gone? The Leadership Challenge in Small CongregationsRob Weinberg and others

Past Programs

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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. 13, 2019
1:00 PM
Developing a Spiritual Approach toward AgingDayle Friedman and Richard Address
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. 06, 2019
12:00 PM
Rabbinic Master Class on AntisemitismEric Ward and Megan Black
Nov. 05, 2019 - Nov. 06, 2019
12:00 AM
Rabbi as Chief Engagement OfficerLarry Dressler, Blue Wing Consulting
Nov. 04, 2019
1:00 PM
Negotiating My First Contract Renewal: What Do I Need To Know?Cindy Enger and Michael Gan
Nov. 04, 2019
All day
Rev. Dr. William Barber II speaks to CCAR15Rev. Dr. William Barber II
Nov. 04, 2019
12:00 AM
World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic CollapseLester Brown
Nov. 04, 2019
12:00 AM
Community: The Structure of BelongingPeter Block
Nov. 04, 2019
12:00 AM
The New Orleans Laboratory: Confronting Difficult Challenges with Imagination and CreativityScott Cowen