CCAR April 2011 Newsletter - C1
C N F F R E N C E O AME C EC ET R A L LC O O N E E R E N C E O FF A M E R I C A N R A BBBBI IS S N NTRA A N R A
Publication of the Central Conference of American Rabbis
איגוד הרבנים המתקדמים
אדר ב – ניסן תשע״א
Volume 58 – Number 7
CCAR: THE CENTRAL ADDRESS FOR LIFELONG CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR ALL REFORM RABBIS
Beginning with the transition from Seminary life and continuing beyond retirement, the CCAR Continuing Education Program has become the central address for lifelong learning for rabbis.
FROM THE DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM AND MEMBER SERVICES Deborah Prinz everal years ago, hundreds of CCAR members at conventions and regional kallot, in emails and through telephone calls, participated in conversations with Steve Fox about the ways in which the CCAR might add value to our lives. One thing became clear from our colleagues: there was a pressing need for enhanced learning opportunities, especially in the area of professional development, particularly in instrumental skills such as communications, engagement, management, fundraising, and more. This eventually led to a commitment by the CCAR Board and Steve to build a continuing education program. I am deeply grateful that my portfolio at the CCAR includes continuing education. Each year we have expanded our offerings, adding both telephonic and in-person seminars. Much, if not most, of the increased programming has been based upon comments and input from you, along with the guidance of the CCAR Professional Development Committee and others. For instance, a couple of years ago the CCAR Israel Committee conducted a survey which affirmed your desire to increase Hebrew learning skills, so we implemented the online
distance Hebrew advancement opportunities. The survey also confirmed CCAR members’ interest in learning how to lead Israel travel, especially for those colleagues who had never led a trip. From this feedback, we organized two highly successful Israel Leadership trips this past year. Also, our Professional Development Committee members expressed enthusiasm for a multi-session class about the evolution of the rabbinate, so we now offer “As the Rabbinate Turns: A Historical View.” The committee also implemented the Keter Torah incentive program. More recently one of our members suggested the “Chadeish Yameinu: High Holy Day Preparation” in-person seminar, now scheduled for August 2011. At the same time, we receive increasing numbers of calls for referrals to coaches who work with CCAR members, and the number of your inquiries about the interim training program increases. Recently I was privileged to write an article in the CCAR Journal of Reform Judaism about continuing education. After you read it, I welcome your feedback. During the past few months, Steve and I have
met with our colleagues in other rabbinic organizations and they have shared with us incredibly positive feedback about our program. They see it as the premier program for rabbinic continuing education. As we begin our planning for next year’s webinars, teleconference calls and in-person seminars, we invite your feedback, input and ideas. Please feel free to send them to me at email@example.com to share with our Professional Development and other committees. In the years to come, we will continue to translate your desires and needs into the CCAR Continuing Education Program—The Central Address for Lifelong Continuing Education for All Reform Rabbis. The CCAR board recently extended student affiliate memberships to all HUC-JIR rabbinic students. Thus, students will now have access to archived CCAR programs as well as current ones, the website, the Journal and the Newsletter.
ATTENTION CCAR MEMBERS: DEADLINE FOR THIS ISSUE WAS BEFORE THE CONVENTION. OUR MAY ISSUE WILL CONTAIN CONVENTION COVERAGE.