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"I was carried by the music, the spirit, the joy of being together, and the words of
Torah, and it made me completely oblivious of the setting. It was symbolic for me
that Rabbi David Stern, the elected CCAR president, related in his D'var Torah
to the feeling of disorientation, of not knowing where the four directions or the four
winds are, or being "wind-whipped." In that case, he said, quoting from B'rachot
tractate, you need to direct your heart to heaven to reorient and reconnect yourself."
-AYALA MIRON

EXCERPTS FROM THE
ANNUAL REPORT TO THE CCAR
Rabbis Steven A. Fox, CCAR Chief Executive
Delivered at the Atlanta Convention, March 21, 2017

With a strong foundation, the CCAR
can continue to evolve and learn as an
organization, to increase our impact on our
world, to better engage with one another, and
to enhance advocacy for rabbis, while also
addressing feelings of isolation, loneliness,

"Today, I'm
pleased to
report that

Against this backdrop, we must continue to
distinguish ourselves from other rabbinic
leaders, in the ways we fight for social justice,
in the educational quality of Reform rabbis,
and especially in our own ethical standards.
In the coming years, the declaration of
membership, the designation of CCAR rabbi,
must be understood in the broader Jewish

the state of the

and stress.

Conference is

world to stand for rabbis who are not just well
educated, not just committed to social justice,
but as rabbis who hold ourselves to the highest
ethical values and who hold one another
accountable when we fail to meet them.
For the complete Annual Report, please go to
ccarnet.org/media/filer_public/2017/04/06/final_
2017_annual_report_to_the_ccar_convention.pdf

strong."

"When we listen, we build relationships and human connection. On Wednesday at
Convention, we witnessed that and we lived that. Listening to the incredibly deep
changes that Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Ali Abu Awwad have gone through in
their lives is remarkable."
-RICK KELLNER

"Most years I want to go to the CCAR
Convention. But this year, this year I had to
go. I needed to see my friends and colleagues.
I needed to pray with them and to learn with
them. I needed my soul to be nourished and
to be in a place where I could sit still long
enough to hear the still small voice give me
words of hope. And I knew that for that
to happen, I had to be with my chevrei in
Atlanta."
-MONA ALFI
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