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CENTRAL CONFERENCE OF AMERICAN RABBIS Founded In November/December 2010 Volume 58-Number 3 1889 Publication of the Central Conference of American Rabbis New Orleans: Attending the Convention is a statement of who we are as Reform Rabbis DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM AND MEMBER SERVICES Deborah Prinz “Just want to send a kol hakavod shout-out your way for the fabulous “Learning Opportunities” brochure I received in the mail today. One, it’s beautiful. Two, it’s easy to navigate. Three, it’s hard copy! … And four, you’ve placed learning online for downloading so that we can learn at a time that works for us.” —Billy Dreskin “I have greatly appreciated all the rabbinic learning you have made available through webinars and online resources. I have tried to participate in as many as possible and have truly benefited from them.” —Wendy Pein We are gratified by the great passion you have expressed for professional growth and learning as, together, we seek to strengthen rabbinic leadership in the face of the challenges and opportunities facing the Reform rabbinate in the 21st Century. Your exciting ideas and suggestions from around the world contributed to the program content for 5771, some of which you see highlighted in this issue of the Newsletter. We all depend on Torah learning as the authentic source of our integrity as rabbis, but at the same time we seek to develop instrumental capacities for meeting the uncertainties of this new era. Rabbinic learning will contribute to a more effective, seriously involved and enriched Jewish community. As we begin to plan for future continuing education programs, we again welcome your comments so that, colleague with colleague, we might even further enhance the offerings and modalities you deem important. Your support is crucial in other ways as well. For example, thanks to our colleague Lenore Bohm, we will benefit once again from a generous gift from the Leichtag Family Foundation. Some of you will remember that the highly successful, first ever, international, pluralistic Beit Midrash at our 2009 Convention in Israel was funded by the Leichtag Family Foundation. A recent, second gift from the Leichtag Family Foundation will now afford us the opportunity to research and develop curriculum, resources and materials for cutting-edge interfaith dialogue for clergy. We are grateful to Lenore for the kind introduction to the Foundation. Steve and I, along with Lenore, visited the Foundation on a couple of occasions so that we could discuss opportunities and shared interests. Other CCAR members have increasingly helped to identify generous congregants, friends, foundations, individuals or families. We welcome all of your assistance in supporting exemplary continuing education for CCAR rabbis. Kol hakavod to each of you as we extend kavod to our tradition, our people and each other through this essential work. T he CCAR Convention will kick off on March 27, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The theme of the Convention is “Prophetic Vision in the 21st Century.” New Orleans, the place to bring alive the ancient Israelite prophets who pressed for individual and societal change. They sought to understand the challenges in the world around them while advocating for an ideal world. The CCAR Convention will utilize the teachings of the prophets to help us frame the truths of yesterday and today while visioning, voicing, and working together towards the possibilities of tomorrow. Dr. Scot Cowen to open the Convention The Convention begins with an exciting opportunity to learn about 21st Century leadership from Scott Cowen, President of Tulane University. Time magazine recently named President Cowen as one of nation’s top 10 Best College Presidents. Cowen has led Tulane’s rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Katrina and he has devoted much of his presidency to the monumental tasks of strengthening Tulane, the public education system in New Orleans, and revamping regional transportation. President Cowen is acutely aware of the challenges facing New Orleans and he persistently leads one of the largest recovery projects in the history of the United States. Colleagues wishing for in-depth study, learning, and professional development should plan on arriving in New Orleans early for the Beit Midrash on Sunday morning and early afternoon. Our scholars and teachers will include David Ellenson, Andrea Weiss (HUC-JIR), Michael Cohen (Director of Jewish Studies, Tulane University) and our CCAR colleague Steve Kaye. 1

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