I am honored to serve as Dues Chair for the CCAR. I do so because I cherish the unique and supportive relationships that are found in our Conference; over the 20-plus years of my rabbinate, the CCAR has provided me with advice and support in times when I needed it most. As a solo rabbi in small congregations outside of major metropolitan areas, my rabbinic colleagues are my chevre.
Whether your rabbinate is based in a congregation, academic environment, hospital or care facility, organization, or one of many other community-based positions, our Conference has grown and is continually evolving to meet your needs.
Outstanding continuing education programs, high quality publications, our popular national and regional (and this year, online!) conventions, member services, along with placement services, and a pension plan are only the starting point of what the CCAR provides. Whether you are transitioning to a new job, approaching retirement, in need of career advice or confronting personal or professional challenges, the CCAR staff is available to respond with compassion, creativity, and guidance.
In order to provide these essential services and fulfill our mission, the CCAR depends first and foremost upon you, our member, and your annual dues payment. Dues are the most significant part of the CCAR’s revenue, enhanced by publication sales, donations, and grants.
Your annual dues for the 2020–2021 calendar year, which begins July 1, 2020, should be calculated according to the schedule on the Dues Commitment Form that accompanies this letter. Dues levels are based primarily upon income. Conference policy requires dues forms and payments to be submitted no later than July 31 each year. Accordingly, please complete the form and send it along with your full annual dues as soon as possible. If you are unable to pay the entire sum due at this time, please send in your form with your most up-to-date contact information. Dues payments from rabbinic discretionary funds ARE accepted, so long as this conforms to your organization’s rules governing the use of these funds.
We want to make it possible for you to be part of the CCAR chevrah, no matter your financial situation. If you have questions about your dues, are currently experiencing financial hardship or need to discuss your situation confidentially, please be in contact with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (865) 898-9544. If we made an adjustment to your dues this past year and you need to continue that arrangement, please be in touch with me to confirm the specifics for the coming year.
In recognition of the importance of ongoing learning, the CCAR membership overwhelmingly approved an annual requirement for Continuing Rabbinic Education (CRE). In keeping with this requirement, there is a place on your dues form to indicate that you have read the CCAR ethics code; this is an annual requirement. There is also a place for you to indicate that you completed two hours of ethics education during the 2019–2020 dues year. This year (2020–2021), the requirement is increased to three hours of learning, in any area you choose, which you will be asked to report on the 2021–2022 dues form.
Thank you for your ongoing involvement and support.
Rabbi Beth Schwartz
Dues Chair, CCAR