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; as a solo rabbi in small congregations outside of major metropolitan areas, rabbinic colleagues are my chevre. As well, throughout the 20-plus years of my rabbinate, the CCAR has provided me with advice and support in times when I needed it most.
Whether your rabbinate is based in a congregation, academic environment, Hillel, hospital or care facility, agency, or one of many other community-based positions, our Conference program, resources, and services are continuing to grow and evolve in order to meet your needs. Outstanding continuing education, high quality publications, impactful regional and national (and this year, online!) conventions, member support, and placement services are but some of the ways the CCAR provides assistance to our colleagues. And if you are transitioning to a new job, approaching retirement, in need of career advice, or confronting personal or professional challenges, then our outstanding CCAR professional staff is available to respond with compassion and to offer guidance.
Unsurprisingly, it is the financial support of our members which enables the CCAR to fulfill our mission and to provide these and other essential services. And while publication sales, donations, and grants are certainly helpful, it is unquestionably our annual dues which comprise the most significant part of the CCAR’s revenue.
Annual dues for the 2021–2022 calendar year, which begins July 1, 2020, are based primarily upon income and should be calculated according to the schedule on the Dues Commitment Form accompanying this letter. I respectfully ask that you complete this Form** (please ensure contact information is current) and send it along with your full annual dues, by July 31 in accordance with Conference policy. If, however, you are unable to pay the entire dues amount at this time, please specify on the Form and send it in with an initial payment.
Additionally, dues may be paid with payments from rabbinic discretionary funds, provided doing so conforms to your organization’s rules governing the use of these funds.
Most importantly, please know our sincere aspiration is 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 for any reason, or need to discuss your situation confidentially, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (865) 898-9544. And should you need to maintain a dues adjustment arranged with you this past year, please be in touch with me to confirm these specifics as well.
In recognition of our annual requirement for Continuing Rabbinic Education (CRE), please note the Dues Form includes places to indicate you have read the CCAR Ethics Code as well as completed three hours of ethics education during the 2020–2021 dues year.
Thank you for your ongoing involvement, support, and commitment to the vitality of the CCAR
Rabbi Beth Schwartz
Dues Chair, CCAR