2014 CCAR Convention Mission: Chicago

The program of the 125th Annual Convention of the CCAR will bring together two grand ideas in the great city of Chicago.  Chicago is the birthplace of the “Great Books of the Western World” project that sought to promote the learning of great ideas as part of being an educated person.  Chicago is also known as “the city that works.”  Inspired by these associations, the CCAR Convention will focus on engaging our intellects by grappling with the big ideas and challenging questions of life.  The Convention will also pay attention to improving our skills for our day to day work as rabbis.  Both of these ideas will inform one another through the study of texts, the presentations of informed and passionate speakers, communal worship and opportunities for personal connection and exchange with colleagues.


CCAR Mission

The CCAR enriches and strengthens the Jewish community by empowering Reform Rabbis to provide religious, spiritual, and organizational leadership as it:

  • Fosters excellence in Reform Rabbis
  • Enhances Reform Rabbis’ professional and personal lives
  • Amplifies the voice of the Reform Rabbinate in the Reform Movement, the Jewish community, and the world in which we live.


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


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