Reform rabbis are at the forefront of the Jewish experience, working directly with hundreds of thousands of individuals to build a stronger and richer Jewish community. Reform rabbis integrate a Jewish dimension into contemporary life, providing an authentically Jewish voice, teaching Jewish values and traditions, and shaping the future. Since its founding in 1889, the Central Conference of American Rabbis has produced formal and informal statements that interpret the voice of prophetic Judaism, and that govern, guide and express the contemporary views of the rabbinate. These are historic and current documents that are of vital importance to rabbis, as well as scholars and the general public, both Jewish and non-Jewish.
Below are the many ways you can read CCAR and Reform rabbis’ responsa, resolutions, platforms, statements, published books and journals, and more ways that Reform rabbis share their voice and their viewpoints.
- REFORM RESPONSA: The CCAR applies Jewish scholarship and transition to contemporary issues through the creation of Reform Responsa, based on the historic Jewish system of providing answers to questions about Judaism and Jewish living. Questions are submitted to the Responsa committee, and responses are provided. Reform Responsa can be viewed here.
- REFORM RESOLUTIONS: The CCAR applies Jewish thought and texts to current events through the creation of Resolutions. Resolutions are created by the CCAR Resolutions Committee and voted upon by the CCAR Board of Trustees, and inform CCAR policies. Reform Resolutions can be viewed here.
- CCAR STATEMENTS: The CCAR applies Jewish thought to create timely statements that draw upon policy as determined by CCAR resolutions. These statements provide our members and the communities they serve with responses to issues of the day grounded in Jewish values and text, and provide a Jewish perspective on contemporary events to the wider world. CCAR Statements can be viewed here.
- CCAR PLATFORMS: CCAR Platforms are documents that capture the state of Reform Jewish thought at different key moments in our history. CCAR Platforms can be viewed here.
- CCAR PRESS: CCAR Press is the primary publisher of the Reform Movement and a division of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Since 1889, CCAR Press has provided essential resources for the Jewish community of today and tomorrow. Through CCAR Press, and its Reform Judaism Publishing (RJP) imprint, CCAR is the source for liturgy, sacred texts, educational materials, apps, and other content for Reform rabbis, cantors, and educators; Reform congregations and Jewish organizations; Reform Jews; and the wider Jewish community. CCAR Press publications publications include the Reform Torah commentaries and prayerbooks, the CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly, and a wide-range of electronic resources, including e-books, apps, and Visual T’filah™. Our publications, apps, and resources, created with the highest standards of integrity, scholarship, and input from our rabbinic membership and other experts, present a modern approach to Jewish practice and Jewish living. This diversity of input helps ensure the finest level of quality and creativity that will enrich the lives of millions of Jews for decades to come. Visit CCAR Press here.
- CCAR JOURNAL: THE REFORM JEWISH QUARTERLY: The CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly, previous published under the name Journal of Reform Judaism, explores ideas and issues of Judaism and Jewish life, primarily—but not exclusively—from a Reform Jewish perspective, in both prose and poetry. This highly regarded journal contains articles of contemporary interest to all Jews by leading members of the rabbinic, scholarly, and lay communities. All CCAR members receive the CCAR Journal as part of their member benefits. Non-members can subscribe to the Journal or purchase individual copies.
- RAVBLOG: RavBlog is the CCAR’s digital publishing platform where CCAR members, CCAR Press authors, guests writers, and staff contributors examine issues that concern the CCAR, the Reform Movement, Israel, Jewish communities, congregations, and families, as well as issues that affect our lives as Jews within a global community. Visit Ravblog here.