Personal Resources & Chevruta
Rabbis Caring for Rabbis
The CCAR is committed to supporting its members personally as well as professionally. When a rabbi needs help to address personal issues and challenges related to everything from family dysfunction to addiction to poverty, they may turn to a variety of CCAR services. CCAR Rabbinic Staff remains available to assist you with any issue you may be facing.
Sharing Our Lives Share information about you and your family by writing to [email protected]. You may read about your colleagues’ personal lives, including life events (births, marriages, deaths) and professional achievements (awards, promotions, new positions) on Sharing Our Lives at the website and also in the CCAR Newsletter.
Crisis Support (Addiction & Recovery, Hotline and Rapid Response) Experienced CCAR staff are available at all times to answer a member rabbi’s cry for immediate help in a crisis. A cadre of trained therapists and specialists has been recruited for referral to help rabbis address their addiction problems.
Colleagues-on-Call for Colleagues: Through this service the CCAR provides you the opportunity to speak with carefully selected and trained CCAR members, Colleagues-on-Call (CoC). Any member who feels the need may reach out to speak with one of the Colleagues-on-Call.
Resources for Underemployed and Unemployed: During these challenging times, the CCAR’s elected leadership and staff are enhancing support networks to assist unemployed and underemployed rabbis. Among other things, the CCAR is organizing support groups led by experienced individuals at no cost to CCAR rabbis; offering pro-bono coaches and spiritual directors and one-on-one consulting to develop new technology skills; coaching and advice on rethinking one’s rabbinic career path and the reshaping of a resume; and an open conference call on “Looking at Community-Based Rabbinic Career Options”. If you have other suggestions, would like to volunteer your time or have access to professionals who may be willing to volunteer their time to assist rabbis, please let us know at the CCAR office ([email protected]).
Mentoring and Coaching Support: Mentoring arrangements and coaching referrals are also available to colleagues.
Referrals for Specialized Consults in the area of sermon writing, public presentation, technology, spiritual direction, and career transitions please feel free to contact [email protected]
Group Discussion: Rav Kav is an ongoing, moderated on-line conversation open to all members around wide-ranging personal, professional and religious issues of importance to rabbis.
Relief and Subvention: Hesed assistance is provided to CCAR rabbis and their family members throughout the United States. Poor, older rabbis and widows receive stipends that pay for housing and food. Others of working age who are between jobs, or are otherwise struggling financially due to illness or disability, receive funds that enable them to pay crucial bills.
Hoping to learn from colleagues who have prevailed over an illness or other personal hardship such as divorce? Contact [email protected].