CCAR Newsletter March/April 2020 - 5

The Central Address for Continuing Education for All Reform Rabbis


Creating Successful Mergers and Collaborations:
Can We Be a Blended Family?
Monday, April 6, 2020 1:00 PM
with Alice Mann, Randy Sheinberg, and David Fine
As communities change and populations shift, some congregations begin to explore the option
of sharing facilities, joint festival services, joint religious schools, name change, and other aspects
of running a viable institution. What are the questions that need to be asked when considering
merging congregations, and what are models of successful integration for my community?
We will look at key components of successful congregational mergers.

Is T'shuvah Possible in the Internet Age?
Monday, April 27, 2020 1:00 PM
with Dvora Weisberg
Jewish tradition teaches that through t'shuvah we can "remake"
ourselves as better people. But how do we present and live as
our new, improved selves when our mistakes are preserved on
the internet and available for everyone to see (and dredge up)?
We will tackle this challenge through rabbinic texts.

The Introverted Rabbi in a 24/7 World

Understanding the Addiction Epidemic and the
Imperative of Communal Support

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 1:00 PM
with Cindy Enger, Jim Bleiberg, and Jennifer B. Kahnweiler
Despite the many public aspects of rabbinic work, many of us consider ourselves to be introverts.
How does this impact our rabbinic journey and life? This webinar will reflect on what it means
to be an introvert and how this knowledge might help us better care for ourselves and our
spiritual needs.

Thursday, April 30, 2020 1:00 PM
with Andrea Cosnowsky, Jim Goodman, and others
We will address the role of the congregation and Jewish
institutions in dealing with the illness of addiction: symptoms
of the disease, risk factors, intervention strategies, and the
spiritual dimension of healing.


THE CCAR SUPPORTS ITS MEMBERS personally as well as professionally. Colleagues help
colleagues in a number of ways, as do CCAR Rabbinic Staff and lay leadership:
* Rabbi Rex D. Perlmeter, LMSW,
(410-207-1700) is the CCAR Special Advisor for
Member Care and Wellness. Rex is available for a
limited number of counseling sessions for rabbis
and family members who are facing personal or
professional issues such as transition, loss, illness,
or struggles with difficult individuals. He is also a
trained spiritual director.
* Need help in a personal or professional crisis?
For the Rapid Response Hotline, please call Edie
Meyerson at 917-747-5432 or Pearl Barlev at 310880-5849 or Charles P. (Charlie) Rabinowitz at
914-834-2880 or 914-844-8368.
* Are you or someone you know struggling
with addiction? CCAR's Alcoholism and Addiction
Response and Recovery Support (Andrea
Cosnowsky, chair) is available to provide support
to colleagues who are dealing with addiction, along

with resources for rabbis looking to support
others. or
* Share news about you and your family with
other colleagues? Information may be sent to
* Seeking news about colleagues and
their families? You may find the listing of
such information in the CCAR Newsletter,
at CCAR's Facebook page, and at the
CCAR website.
* Looking to learn from colleagues who have prevailed
over a physical or mental illness or other personal
hardship such as divorce? Contact
* Interested in talking about transitions?
Contracts? Difficult issues? Contact: Cindy Enger

* Wish to assist colleagues or spouses of deceased
rabbis in emergency circumstances? Make a
contribution to the Hesed Fund and/or the Mitzvah
Fund at
* Want to discuss topics with colleagues or query
them? Check out CCAR's Facebook page, RavKav,
and RavBlog.
Please know that all conversations with a colleague
through any of these support opportunities will
be completely confidential, unless you disclose
communications of imminent danger to yourself or
others, or of harm to minors or incapacitated persons.
No ethical violations will be reported, though each of
us is encouraged to self-report a direct breach of the
CCAR Ethics Code.

Mentoring Program:
Transformative three-year program required for newly
ordained rabbis transitioning from student life into
the complex field of the rabbinate. Each participant
works one-on-one with a veteran volunteer colleague.
Mentoring arrangements are also available to veteran
colleagues under some circumstances.
Group Supervision or Coaching for Women:
Group coaching and group supervision to address the
unique challenges facing women rabbis. Select the
approach that suits you.

Coaching for Rabbis:
Referrals to professional and executive coaches for
all rabbis, as well as small-group work for rabbis
beginning in solo settings or new pulpits.
Retirement Coaching:
Pre-Retirement Group Coaching Program for those
rabbis who are planning to retire in the not too
distant future, working with peers and a trained
professional coach.
Coaching for Interim Rabbis:
CCAR provides coaching for rabbis currently serving
in interim positions.

Individual Consultants available:
* Speech/sermon writing * Career transitions
* Technology learning * Spiritual direction
CCAR Rabbinic Staff
remains available to work with you individually
on any issue you may be facing today.
For further details, please contact Hara Person,
Cindy Enger, or Betsy Torop.

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