CCAR Newsletter Jan-Feb 2014 - 1







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‫שבט-אדר א' תשע״ג‬

Publication of the Central Conference of American Rabbis

January/February 2014 | Volume 61 - issue 3
Volume 56 - Number 9

‫איגוד הרבנים המתקדמים‬
Steven A. Fox

Richard Block


undreds of
our colleagues
volunteer their
time, talent, wisdom, and
passion to every area
of the CCAR's sacred
work and service. i want
to tell you a little about
some who have accepted
leadership responsibilities on behalf of
us all in recent months. if an opportunity
arises, please let them know how much you
appreciate their contribution to our chevrah.
Joel N. Abraham - CCAR Representative,
URJ Press Editorial Board; Rabbi of Temple
Sholom, Scotch Plains/Fanwood, NJ
Joel was co-editor (with his wife, Michelle
Shapiro Abraham) of Mishkan T'filah: Journal
Edition. He co-chairs Reform Jewish Voice of
New Jersey and volunteers for social justice
and support of rabbis and other Jewish
Thomas Alpert - Amicus Brief Committee,
Religious Action Center
Tom (NY 2000) came to the rabbinate from a
previous career in law. His legal work includes
service as a Massachusetts assistant attorney
general. He participated in several appeals,
including a case before the uS Supreme
Court. He is a graduate of Harvard Law
James Bleiberg - Alternate Member, CCAR
Ethics Board of Appeals
A clinical psychologist and associate professor
at West Chester university, West Chester, PA,
Jim serves in its Department of Counseling
and Psychological Services. He earned his
doctorate at Widener university in 1998,
writing a dissertation on the unconscious
motivations of rabbis.
Paul (Shaul) Feinberg - CCAR Israel
Shaul is associate dean emeritus and
associate adjunct professor of education,
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Annual Giving Campaign


e are so pleased to announce that the 2013 Annual Giving
Campaign had its strongest year ever. Now in its fourth year,
the Annual Giving Campaign enjoyed very generous support
from more than 485 CCAR members. Your support allows us to continue
to improve our offerings and develop new ones-to support all rabbis
working in all settings. We are the only organization where rabbis in every
setting work together for the benefit of one another. This year's Annual
Giving Campaign is a great example of this.

The Campaign exceeded its goal and brought in over $260,000; even more exciting is that
the percentage of donors increased by 30 percent. This was achieved collectively through the
leadership of Jamie Gibson and Michelle Pearlman, 2013 Annual Giving Campaign co-chairs,
Paul Kipnes, Revenue Enhancement Committee chair, and 40 solicitors. We thank everyone for
their work and dedication to helping achieve our goals.

Ruth Adar
Stephen Arnold
Barry Block
Rick Block
Debbie Bravo
Carey Brown
Jeff Brown

Heidi Cohen
Mike Comins
Denise Eger
Steve Einstein
Larry Englander
Jamie Gibson
Gary Glickstein
Arnie Gluck
Oren Hayon

Mark Kaiserman
Paul Kipnes
Susan Laemmle
Seth Limmer
Bob Loewy
David Lyon
Batsheva Meiri
Heather Miller
Michelle Pearlman

Daniel Plotkin
Jason Rosenberg
Rick Schechter
Ron Segal

David Stern
David Thomas
Marty Weiner
Stephen Wise
Elaine Zecher

Jonathan Stein

Your expression of support and gratitude helps sustain the work of our Conference as we all
dedicate ourselves to ensure the Jewish future.
With deepest gratitude,
Steven A. Fox
Chief Executive
Rabbi Paul Kipnes, Revenue Enhancement Chair
The CCAR's expansive work
deepens and grows ever more
relevant because of the time,
energy, and tzedakah of so
many members of our rabbinic
community. Our Annual
Giving Campaign brings
additional funding to enhance
the outstanding programs
and services now available,
diversify our in-person and

web-based learning, expand
our CCAR Press offerings, and
personalize our outreach to
colleagues in transition and in
i thank our 2013 Annual Giving
Campaign co-chairs, Michelle
Pearlman and Jamie Gibson,
Development Manager Laura
Mardiks, the support staff in

the CCAR office, and the many
colleagues who fulfilled the
valued task of soliciting their
friends and classmates. We
especially want to thank our
members who invested in the
CCAR's work by donating over
and above their membership
dues. Every gift is meaningful;
every donation furthers the
sacred mission of the CCAR.


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