CCAR Board News

Meet the 2023-2025 CCAR Board of Trustees

Every two years, the Central Conference of American Rabbis welcomes a new Board of Trustees to do the important work of representing and supporting the diversity of the Reform rabbinate and their ever-changing needs. This year, at the annual CCAR Convention—held in Israel at the end of February—the new Board was installed.

This new group of Board Members includes rabbis in different rabbinic roles, from spiritual leaders of large congregations to solo rabbis managing small but vibrant congregations, as well as a freelance rabbi, a rabbi-educator, and a rabbi working in an academic setting. This group also represents a wide swath of North American communities, including Canada.

Under the leadership of CCAR Chief Executive, Rabbi Hara Person, and new CCAR President, Rabbi Erica Asch, what this Board shares is a passion for leadership, collaboration, and a vision to help sustain the Reform rabbinate of today and build the rabbinate of tomorrow.

We welcome this new CCAR Board! May they be blessed as they begin this sacred work.

Rabbi Hara Person

New York, New York
Rabbi Erica Asch

Temple Beth El
Augusta, Maine
Rabbi Lewis Kamrass

Senior Rabbi
Isaac M. Wise Temple
Cincinnati, Ohio
Rabbi David Lyon

Senior Rabbi Congregation Beth Israel
Houston, Texas
Rabbi Dan Levin

Senior Rabbi
Temple Beth El
Boca Raton, FL    
Rabbi Randy Sheinberg

Temple Tikvah
New Hyde Park, NY
Rabbi Barry Block

Congregation B’nai Israel
Little Rock, AR
Rabbi Rick Kellner
Senior Rabbi Congregation Beth Tikvah
Columbus, OH

Rabbi Nikki DeBlosi, PhD

Freelance Rabbi
Montclair, NJ


Rabbi Jeremy Barras
Senior Rabbi
Temple Beth Am
Pinecrest, FL
Rabbi Jonathan Blake
Senior Rabbi
Westchester Reform Temple
Scarsdale, NY
Rabbi Andrea Goldstein
Congregation Shaare Emeth
St. Louis, MO
Rabbi Dr. Shirley Idelson
Associate Professor and Director of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program, Brandeis University
Waltham, MA
Rabbi Stephanie Kramer
Senior Rabbi
Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah
Overland Park, KS
Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg
Senior Rabbi
Temple Israel Ottawa
Ontario, Canada
Rabbi Cookie Olshein
Senior Rabbi
Temple Emanuel
Tempe, AZ
Rabbi Stephen Rau
Director of Lifelong Learning
The Temple Hebrew Benevolent Congregation
Atlanta, GA


WRN Board Member
Rabbi Alysa Mendelson Graf
Port Jewish Center
Port Washington, NY
Co-Executive Vice President of NAORRR
Rabbi Emeritus Gary Glickstein
Miami, FL


Dr. Andrew Rehfeld
President, HUC-JIR
Rabbi Rick Jacobs
President, URJ

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Arriving at #CCAR14 – The CCAR Convention

The CCAR Convention – it’s a gathering of over 550 rabbis in one place.  An awesome experience every year with opportunities to study, teach, pray with, and connect with colleagues.  And it all takes place starting in just a few hours.

convention-home-imageSome of us have already arrived and being from the west coast, are wide awake at 1:53 am. Morning will come soon enough and meetings will begin, (I’m honored to serve on the CCAR National Board) and learning will commence. Not to mention, much coffee  will be consumed because we will not be sleeping. Too many people to catch up with as most of us talk throughout the year but this is the one time we get to see one another face to face. And who wants to sleep when someone pulls out a guitar in the lobby and all we want to do is sing all night!

So let the 125th CCAR National Convention begin.  There will be great programs, amazing conversations, and thoughtful challenges to help us be better rabbis. (And I’m feeling good that all this is true, I am on the committee who helped plan it).

Follow us on Twitter – #CCAR14, read my blog and many others and check out what happens when 700 Reform rabbis get together in one place! Yeah, this is going to be awesome!

Rabbi Heidi Cohen is the rabbi of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Ana, CA. This post originally appeared on her blog, 

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