Welcome to Ravblog, the blog of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
The world in which we live continues to change rapidly, including shifts in the Reform Movement and broader Jewish community. This includes changes in demographics, finances, and religious practice, as well as the way we gather as communities.
The CCAR itself is always evolving, as are the 2,300 rabbis who make up our membership, and the 1.5 million Jews we now serve in all walks of life including congregational and community settings. The CCAR’s mission, as it has been since 1889, is to strengthen and enrich the Jewish community. We do this in many new ways, be it through life-long learning for rabbis, as well as our publications of liturgy and Jewish practice, including apps and eBooks. We are anchored in tradition as we apply Jewish principles to contemporary issues.
One way we continue to learn and grow is through engagement — engagement with our own members, with other Jewish professionals, with the lay leadership in the Reform Movement, and with members of the broader Jewish community.
Since 2012, RavBlog has been another venue for CCAR to continue to strengthen, enrich, and engage with the Jewish community. Our goal is to address the issues in your daily lives as leaders of the Jewish community. Guest writers and staff contributors examine issues that concern the CCAR, the Reform Movement, Israel, their communities, their families, and the world as a whole.
Together, through this unique online conversation, we will inspire, teach, question, lift up, and strengthen one another. We look forward to hearing from you: through your comments, and blog contributions.
Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and keep this conversation always moving forward.
Let us know what you think and keep teaching us.
Rabbis Hara Person, Betsy Torop, and Jan Katz
(The CCAR Rabbinic Staff)