CCAR Newsletter May/June 2020 - 9

We are grateful to donors whose those gifts were made in honor of Rabbis Alexandria Shuval-Wiener,
Rick Kellner, Daniel Septimus, Wendi Geffen, and Janet Liss. We honor our Hakarat HaTov award
recipients now and will thank them in person with an award presentation and virtual tribute journal at
Convention 2021 in New Orleans, LA.
Thomas Alpert in honor of
Alexandria Shuval-Weiner, Rick
Kellner, Daniel Septimus, Wendi
Geffen, and Janet Liss

Steven Fox in honor of
Alexandria Shuval-Weiner, Rick
Kellner, Daniel Septimus, Wendi
Geffen, and Janet Liss

Seth Limmer in honor of
Alexandria Shuval-Weiner, Rick
Kellner, Daniel Septimus, Wendi
Geffen, and Janet Liss

Anne & Don Sylvan in honor of
Rick Kellner

Rhonda Baum in honor of
Janet Liss

Don Goor and Evan Kent in honor of
Alexandria Shuval-Weiner, Rick
Kellner, Daniel Septimus, Wendi
Geffen, and Janet Liss

Susan and Ed Septimus in honor of
Daniel Septimus

Scott Weiner in honor of
Alexandria Shuval-Weiner, Rick
Kellner, Daniel Septimus, Wendi
Geffen, and Janet Liss

Barry Block in honor of
Alexandria Shuval-Weiner, Rick
Kellner, Daniel Septimus, Wendi
Geffen, and Janet Liss

Greg Kellner in honor of
Rick Kellner

Ben Sharff in honor of
Alexandria Shuval-Weiner, Rick
Kellner, Daniel Septimus, Wendi
Geffen, and Janet Liss

Linda and Les Kellner in honor of
Rick Kellner

Judith Siegal in honor of
Rick Kellner

Karen and Jeff Byle in honor of
Rick Kellner

Rick Kellner in honor of
Alexandria Shuval-Weiner and
Amanda Greene

Amorita and Jeffrey Snow in honor of
Janet Liss

Sheryl Blechner in honor of
Alexandria Shuval-Weiner

Alan and Bette Cotzin in honor of
Rick Kellner
Steve and Bridget Dritz in honor of
Rick Kellner

Scott Sperling in honor of
Alexandria Shuval-Weiner, Rick
Kellner, Daniel Septimus, Wendi
Geffen, and Janet Liss

Paul Kipnes and Julia Weisz in honor of
Alexandria Shuval-Weiner, Rick
Kellner, Daniel Septimus, Wendi
Geffen, and Janet Liss

Jay Weiner in honor of
Alexandria Shuval-Weiner

Clergy, Board of Trustees,
and Staff of Temple Beth Tikvah
(Roswell, GA) in honor of
Alexandria Shuval-Weiner
Congregation Beth Tikvah
(Worthington, OH) in honor of Rick
Kellner
Past Presidents of North Country
Reform Temple (Glen Cove, NY) in
honor of Janet Liss
*As of April 1, 2020

(Continued from page 5) President Ron Segal's CCAR Connect 2020 Opening Remarks

Throughout Jewish history, with every disruption in
the world, rabbis have reshaped, redefined, and recreated Jewish life and expression to ensure Judaism's
survival and continued relevance. I know I am not the
first to suggest that the time has come for us to do so
again. For with each Shabbat service we appropriately
and necessarily livestream, every adult learning
session and Hebrew class we offer online, all of the
b'nei mitzvah students we now tutor solely through
Skype or in Google Hangout rooms, every committee
meeting, board meeting, and convention that we hold
via Zoom, even the instances of pastoral outreach to
those whom we can no longer reach in person...with
all of these monumental efforts that many have been
forced to implement for the first time, we have, albeit
unintentionally, also helped to dramatically expand
accessibility to Jewish life and to ensure Judaism's
relevance more than ever before.
In his column printed in last week's Forward, our
colleague Jeff Salkin astutely noted, the coronavirus
is transforming Judaism....This is our Yavneh
moment, a time when we have to rethink Jewish
life, expression, and service. We surely recognize that
when this pandemic eventually passes, neither we as
individuals, nor our congregations, or agencies, or
Hillels, or communities, will be-or can be-the
same again.
Though nothing can replicate the spiritual and
emotional significance of physically being together
in community or ever replace the efficacy of actually
reaching out to hold the hand of someone in need,
still, having employed new modalities to connect with
and engage people throughout our communities,
including those who had previously determined our

congregations' or organizations' offerings were either
too limited or not in their budget, having discovered
new and creative ways to respond to the needs of our
diverse community, we need to understand and greet
this moment with an open-hearted and open-minded
spirit, not with a sense of foreboding. This is a defining
moment in the life of the Jewish community, and the
ways in which we as rabbis and Jewish professionals
respond now, and how we must continue to respond in
the future, are how we will foster appreciation, nurture
greater loyalty, and most significantly, ensure our and
Judaism's continued relevance.
So here we are, members of our CCAR, alone
together, "Zooming" in hopefully from some
comfortable place, connecting in a manner we did
not originally intend and could never have predicted.
Unquestionably, many of us are greatly missing the
long-anticipated opportunity to reconnect and learn
and pray together with one another in Baltimore.
However, this moment provides us with another
opportunity, to realize the words of parashat Vayakhel
read just this week and bring to this virtual Mishkan
that we are building together across the miles the
sincere and genuine gifts of our hearts. Among those
gifts is surely one of gratitude for the members of
our Convention Planning Committee (under the
leadership of Chair Alex Shuval-Weiner and ViceChair Amanda Greene) who have labored for well
over a year to plan our in-person gathering. Certainly,
gratitude goes as well to our talented CCAR
professional leadership for making the courageous
decision to convene online and especially to Betsy
Torop and the entire CCAR staff, who planned and
executed this online convention in two weeks' time,
while also working from their homes.
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This moment is a unique opportunity for the CCAR,
for unexpectedly, a new window has opened and
provided us a glimpse of where-and how-we as a
Conference must surely continue to evolve in order
to remain accessible and relevant to all of our CCAR
colleagues in the future, to all of our CCAR colleagues.
With Pesach a little more than two weeks away and
thoughts of virtual seders already in mind, perhaps
new inspiration might emerge this year from the
theme of liberation-liberation from the rushed,
often stressful routines of our lives and communities
(at least until a month ago), and a transition to the
next still-to-be-defined period in Jewish life.
Having personally had the great honor of working
closely with an incredibly dedicated CCAR board and
gifted staff, I have great confidence in the CCAR's
ability to help shape and successfully guide us into
this new moment, confidence that is significantly
emboldened by the fact we are led by Rabbi Hara
Person. I could not have asked for a greater privilege
than to serve in this capacity as Hara assumed the
responsibilities as our chief executive. Brilliant,
thoughtful, reflective, and strategic, Hara is precisely
the right rabbi and leader to help us navigate the
next era in the life of our Conference. With her
steady hand and our shared spirit of curiosity, trust,
and faith in one another, we will emerge from this
unprecedented moment, prepared to define anew and
write this next chapter together. May it indeed be so.
Thank you for the sincere privilege and honor of
continuing to serve as president of the CCAR.



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