Rabbinical Placement

Among the primary and unique services the CCAR provides to the Reform Movement, including to its rabbis, congregations and community-based organizations, is a professionally managed and implemented Placement service that goes far beyond a simple “jobs” bank. In addition to gathering and sharing information about rabbinic openings in synagogues throughout America, CCAR Placement also gathers and advertises open positions in academic, hospital and other community-based settings.

For Rabbis

The CCAR helps rabbis plan and advance their careers through such helpful services as career review, diverse professional development opportunities, resume and personal statement presentations and special training for rabbis interested in Interim positions. CCAR Placement also works closely with the CCAR Mentoring program that pairs experienced rabbis with those who are newly ordained to facilitate and support their transition from seminary to the workplace.


For Congregations and Other Organizations

The CCAR Placement Office offers a no-fee process to help congregations and other organizations identify and meet their staffing needs, including for interim positions. The process, while always tailored to the specific needs of the community, generally involves:

  • Congregational assessment and needs identification
  • Job description development
  • Candidate search and recruitment
  • Resume and reference review and assessment
  • Initial interviews and presentation of top rabbi candidates
  • Scheduling and oversight of Congregation interview(s) and
  • Advice and support during offer, acceptance and contract negotiations

For rabbis, congregations, and other organizations, the CCAR Placement service provides valuable resources such as the documents and directories linked to the left. While developed primarily for congregational settings and their rabbis, all documents are pertinent and easily adapted for use by community-based organizations, academic, hospital and other settings.

Placement of Newly-Ordained Rabbis:

HUC-JIR / CCAR Student Placement – Congregational Conference Call, 1/4/18

The Placement of Newly-Ordained Rabbi Handbook of Procedures 5778/2018

Synagogues and other organizations with rabbinic placement needs or questions should contact:

Rabbi Cindy Enger
Director of Rabbinic Placement

Nancy Blagman
Assistant to the Director

Directors of Rabbinic Placement

1964-1980: Malcolm Stern (1916-1994)

1980-1990: Stanley Dreyfus (1921-2008)

1990-2008: Arnold Sher

2008-2009: Hesch Sommer

2009-2011: Lennard Thal (Interim)

2011-2017: Alan Henkin

2017-Present: Cindy Enger