CCAR Newsletter Nov-Dec 2013 - 3

It is with profound sorrow that we inform
you of the death of our colleagues
SYDNEY HOFFMAN
1929-2013
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on July 6, 2013
He is survived by his wife, Dianne,
and children, Dan, Sally, Judi, and Sanford.
Messages of condolence may be sent to:
The Family of Rabbi Sydney Hoffman
c/o Dianne Hoffman
14500 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Apt 121
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
480-247-8484

E. ROBERT KRAUS
1942-2013

on September 10, 2013
He is survived by his wife, Rosanne,
and daughters, Rachel and Miriam.
Messages of condolence may be sent to:
The Family of Rabbi E. Robert Kraus
610 Tamarisk Street
Vallejo, CA 94589

JERRY WINSTON
1936-2010

on December 19, 2010
He is survived by his sons, Jonathan and
Oliver, and his brother, Bud.
Messages of condolence may be sent to:
The Family of Jerry Winston
c/o Eva Seligman-Kennard
76 Suffield Ave.
San Anselmo, CA 94960

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hevruta, the opportunity to learn in
partnership, has always been a key
ingredient of the CCAR conventions. BT
Taanit 23a teaches, "O chevruta o mituta / Give
me chevruta or give me death." It's been the key
statement for me about why I am involved in the
CCAR and why I attend conventions.
Conventions are a wonderful time to renew
friendships over breakfast or deciphering a
daf Talmud. Chatting with our classmates,
colleagues with whom we were in school,
someone we know from HUC-JIR in Israel, or
mentors we have met over the years has always
been a highlight of our conventions. I've really
enjoyed seeing so many campers become
colleagues and take on leadership roles. I loved
sitting with a rabbinical student last March in
Long Beach, someone I had met at camp, and
having a cup of coffee to catch up with one
another.
We sometimes feel we work in isolation, and
sharing the issues that confront us in our
workplaces with other colleagues can also
be quite helpful. Conventions have provided
sessions to discuss what's current or complex;
gaining insights from a colleague who lives in
another community or across the sea can be
invaluable. Moreover, knowing that another
rabbi may face similar problems means that we
are not alone. We can learn from one another
and deal with the challenges that arise.

Study is another passion for so many of
us. And learning with our HUC-JIR faculty,
with scholars from the local community, and
from guest speakers at plenary sessions can
reinvigorate our souls. Such study can lead to a
new passion in an area we didn't know well or
rekindle our desire to continue learning. I always
look forward both to torah lishmah and torah
l'maaseh. Some of us whet our appetites for
further study and others may find a new
sermon kernel.
Can anyone attend our t'filot and not enjoy a
singing congregation? There can be genuine
joy in our prayer as we worship and sing with
one another, learn a new melody, see how
Visual T'filah can be used, experiment with a
multitude of formats, and refresh our souls. I
always find the moments of azkarah deeply
meaningful as we remember those among our
colleagues who have died...and recall their
service to God and the Jewish people.
And Chicago is one terrific city! Our hotel is
convenient for a walk to the Institute of Art, the
other great museums, shopping on Michigan
Avenue, and strolling along the river. And the
food in the neighborhood is awesome!
For all these reasons and more...join us at the
CCAR Convention in Chicago!
-Rabbi Morley T. Feinstein

FROM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE Steven A. Fox

need to make sure that our publications,
e-books, and apps can be accessible to Jews
in the broader community at competitive
pricing and to our rabbis at significant
discounts. And that is only the beginning of
where I would like us to be able to go.
If I dreamed even bigger? Perhaps programs
that place and support rabbis in underserved
populations; offering next-generation rabbis
learning tracks and funding to reach out to
Jews of all ages who are not yet engaged in
Jewish life. Maybe remaking annual gatherings
for all CCAR members-more than one
thousand per gathering. Perhaps helping
to fund rabbis who serve youth or college

students or military chaplains or in hospitals
or hospice. Imagine what we could host and
underwrite-the think tanks we could convene
in which you could gain the skill sets needed
for next-generation leadership. New learning
tracks with varying delivery methods that we
have not yet even considered. Maybe we
could even figure out how to offer increased
professional development seminars to students
in partnership with HUC-JIR?

we have received increased support from
generous members who want to help one
another grow and lead as rabbis. And this
generosity is more than just financial gifts;
it includes introductions to many generous
lay leaders who now support the work of
the CCAR with great enthusiasm. Or, as they
have taught me, people who are investing
in the future of Jewish life by investing in
Reform rabbis.

The ideas are endless.

You, the members of the CCAR, are indeed
worthy of that investment-and it is my honor
to spread that message everywhere I go on
your behalf.

The money for each idea, so many of you
suggest, is not-not endless that is.
At least not yet. Over the past couple of years,
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