Support for Rabbis

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

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.