Mission of the 2019 CCAR Convention

The annual convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis builds upon the mission and goals set by the board and leadership of the conference:

At the 130th Convention of the CCAR, we return to Cincinnati, the birthplace of our organization to celebrate our founder Isaac Mayer Wise and his 200th birthday. The convention will build upon Wise’s legacy as we reflect on our journey and seek to answer the following questions: Where have we been? Where are we now? Where are we going?

We will provide opportunities to deepen our rabbinic leadership as we reflect on mission driven transformation and innovation, enhancing our skills to meet the unique demands of today’s rabbinate.

We will discover how Cincinnati is a microcosm of the social justice challenges we are facing in the rest of the country. Our exploration will be grounded in text, and will guide us in the work we do in our own communities.

We will think deeply about the role Reform Judaism plays in Jewish life, North America and the rest of the world.

We will engage in Torah Lishmah with the best scholars and teachers, exploring the wisdom of Jewish text and learning as a source of guidance for contemporary issues and Reform Judaism.

We will celebrate significant transitions in the CCAR including the election of a new president and board of trustees, the upcoming retirement of our Chief Executive Steve Fox and the welcoming of our new Chief Executive Hara Person.

Our time in Cincinnati is an opportunity for chevruta, spiritual renewal and the creation of relationships that sustain and nurture us as individuals and Jewish leaders.

Core Pillars

The CCAR achieves its Mission by offering Reform Rabbis opportunities for:

  • Torah study
  • Professional development
  • Spiritual growth and emotional well-being
  • Specialized services, such as placement, pension, mentoring and advocacy
  • Publishing liturgy and resource materials for the Reform Movement, including prayerbooks for the home and congregations, Responsa, platforms, and guidelines
  • Articulating positions on social, ethical, and religious issues of the day
  • Chevruta—a nurturing community of colleagues and friends.

Adopted January 17, 2008