CCAR Newsletter January/February 2021 - CRE1

The Central Address for Continuing Education for All Reform Rabbis


Refresh Your Rabbinate: Three-Day
Interim Training: " Work of the Leader "

Understanding Policing:
A View from the Inside

with Rabbi Cindy Enger and Rev. Lynn Carman Bodden,
Interim Ministry Network

with Michael Shochet, Jennifer Weiner,
and Jonathan Fisch

Monday, January 4, 2021-
Thursday, January 7, 2021
11:30 AM ET-5:30 PM ET Daily

This three-day training will take place over the course of
four days via Zoom. This training introduces invaluable
skill sets for all rabbis in all work settings, particularly
the theory, tools, and tasks of the leader in transition.
This includes the five fundamental process tasks of the
rabbi in a changing system: joining the system, analyzing
the system, connecting to the larger community,
discerning responsibility, and establishing priorities,
evaluating, and adjusting. Learn about systems theory,
self-differentiation, assessing power, and more. The fee
includes a one-year membership to IMN.
The special reduced rate is made possible through
CCAR's partnership with the Interim Ministry Network.
Fee: $375 | 20 people maximum

Refreshing and Strengthening
Your Hebrew
with Rivki Rosner

Monday, January 4, 2021-
Monday, March 22, 2021
Cosponsored with HUC-JIR
TEN MONDAYS: January 4, 11, 25;
February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8, 22
(No class on MLK Day or during CCAR Convention)

2:30 PM ET

A ten-week course focusing on Hebrew language
through Jewish-Israeli culture. Using text, song,
film, and poetry, this course will expose students to
contemporary Hebrew in a relevant Jewish context and
help advance your skills.
Intermediate level
Fee $150

Support Group:
Connecting in Disconnected Times
with Rex Perlmeter

Tuesday, January 5, 12, 19, 26, 2021
2:00 PM ET
A strongly identified theme among our members is the
experience of feelings of isolation. The experience of
these last months has made those feelings more familiar
to all of us and has amplified them for many of those
already struggling. This group is offered to those whose
experience is further exacerbated by being geographically
alone, unpartnered by choice or otherwise, or having
lost partnership through divorce or death. In this group,
participants will have the opportunity to share and
reflect upon the experience and to draw strength and
comfort from one another in the process. Group size is
limited to 12. Reach out directly to Rex at to discuss participating.

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Thursday, January 7, 2021
3:00 PM ET

At a time when the role of police is increasingly
under scrutiny, what can we learn about the unique
world of police chaplaincy and the particular
elements of " the blue wall, " the understanding of the
mindset of public safety officers, and the spiritual
nature of the " calling. "

Climate Change and the Imperative of
Impactful Environmental Justice
with Bill McKibben in dialogue with Jennie Rosenn

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
3:00 PM ET
With the growing climate crisis, increase in
flooding, devastating fires, and radical temperature
fluctuations, what are the positive, empowering,
and essential actionable activities that can address
climate change? How do Jewish values guide us as
we discuss the urgency of efforts to reduce the
human footprint in our homes, congregations,
and Jewish institutions?

" And Do Not Turn Aside to Right or
Left " : Justice in Light of the Torah
with Catherine Madsen

Monday, January 25, 2021
2:00 PM ET
In the contemporary political imagination, social
justice seems synonymous with activism. The
Torah has no concept of activism: it speaks simply
of justice and commands certain forms of action.
How does the Torah understand the nature and
implementation of justice? How can its direct and
practical approach help us to stay focused on real
needs and avoid theoretical tail-chasing and wasted
energy? We will look at a variety of texts from a preideological age to present-day ideologies.

New Insights into the Haggadah
with Hara Person, Oren Hayon,
Seth Limmer, and Jessica Greenbaum

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
2:00 PM ET

Combining age-old texts, fresh insights, inspiring
poetry, new translations, and breathtaking art,
Mishkan HaSeder sets a new standard in Passover
Haggadot. Join us for a discussion about the book's
philosophy and how it addresses the social justice
issues of our day.

The Soul of a Stranger:
Reading God and Torah from a
Transgender Perspective
with Joy Ladin

Thursday, February 4, 2021
2:00 PM ET
Reading some of the best-known Torah stories
through the lens of transgender experience, we will
explore fundamental questions about how religious
texts, traditions, and the understanding of God
can be enriched by transgender perspectives and
how the Torah and trans lives can illuminate one

Grace Will Lead Us Home: The
Charleston Church Tragedy and
the Hard, Inspiring Journey to
with author Jennifer Berry Hawes in dialogue with
Stephanie Alexander

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
2:00 PM ET
What does it mean to " live your faith " and " offer
forgiveness " in the face of unspeakable horror
and racist ideologies? Join us in conversation
with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jennifer
Berry Hawes as she provides a definitive account
of the tragedy's aftermath and the lessons yet to
be learned.

So You Didn't Know That Was
a Code Violation?
with Andi Berlin and Mark Washofsky

Thursday, February 11, 2021
4:00 PM ET

We will discuss the more subtle aspects of the
CCAR Code of Ethics and how it applies to
everyday rabbinic life while providing concrete
suggestions for avoiding unintentional violations.
This will include independent rabbinic work,
properly citing the work of others, dealing with
difficult community members, supervising
staff, remaining beyond reproach in conducting
financial affairs, and generally abiding " by the
highest moral values of our Jewish traditions. "

Transformational Leadership
in a Time of Ambiguity
with Rae Ringel

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
3:00 PM ET
As we enter the first full year of the pandemic,
what are the current best practices for leading
during a time of significant change? How do we
create a vision to guide and implement change
through inspiration in tandem with a healthy
work culture?

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