Support for Rabbis

CCAR Rapid Response
for those facing an immediate crisis, who need to speak to someone urgently. There are three colleagues available to help:

  • Rabbi Pearl Barlev, 310-880-5849, Board Certified Chaplain at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and serves Santa Ynez Valley Jewish Community part-time.
  • Rabbi Dr. Edie Meyerson, 917-747-5432, Doctorate from HUC-JIR in pastoral counseling, and serves  as Associate Director of Pastoral Counseling and Bereavement Services in the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute.
  • Rabbi Charles P. (“Charlie”) Rabinowitz, 914-834-2880 OR 914-844-8368, Rabbinic Bereavement and Pastoral Counselor.  Charlie works for Caring Hospice of New York where he provides home hospice and palliative care services to patients and families.
  • Short Term Counseling: Rex Perlmeter, MSW, 410-207-1700, is the CCAR Special Advisor for Member Care and Wellness. Rex is available for a limited number of counseling sessions for rabbis and family members who are facing personal or professional issues such as transition, loss, illness or struggles with difficult individuals.

Short Term Counseling and Spiritual Direction
Rabbi Rex D. Perlmeter
LMSW, (410-207-1700) is the CCAR Special Advisor for Member Care and Wellness.  Rex is available for a limited number of counseling sessions for rabbis and family members who are facing personal or professional issues such as transition, loss, illness, or struggles with difficult individuals.  He is also a trained spiritual director.

Alcoholism and Addiction Response and Recovery Support
Rabbi Andrea Cosnowsky
, (630-981-4225)  is available to provide support to colleagues and members of their family who are dealing with addiction, along with resources for rabbis looking to support others.

Sharing Our Lives strengthens our connections by lettings know if colleagues have celebrated a simcha, or experienced a loss, providing us with the opportunity to rejoice and mourn together. Email important events to  sharingourlives@ccarnet.org.

The Hesed fund provides emergency financial assistance to rabbis and the spouses of deceased colleagues. Please contact Sandy Ragins for more information.

CCAR Staff & Referral Services
Rabbi Steve Fox
, Rabbi Cindy Enger, and Rabbi Betsy Torop are available to listen, provide guidance , and direct you to relevant resources, professionals, and support.  These support services are also available to family members of rabbis.  All discussions are completely confidential.