“Where Can I Turn?” The CCAR is Here For You

Rabbinic life in today’s world can be deeply fulfilling and filled with blessing.  Through opportunities for study, chevruta and coming together at convention, your CCAR family strengthens the relationships that add meaning to our diverse rabbinic lives.  In addition, when there are moments of struggle and challenge, we are here to support you in the following ways:

Rapid Response

Rapid Response is available to help you at that moment when you feel you are facing a crisis and have nowhere to turn. There are three colleagues available to help:

Rabbi Dr. Edie Meyerson (917-747-5432) Edie is the Associate Director of Pastoral Counseling and Bereavement Services in the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute based in the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she also holds a faculty appointment. Rabbi Meyerson also runs the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute’s (HPCI) Pastoral Care and Counseling Internship Program and directs the institue’s Doula Volunteer Program.  Her passion is providing support and counsel for the professional caregiver regardless of discipline or level of training.  She provides formal and informal debriefing and process groups for clinical palliative care faculty, staff, and volunteers in addition to staff throughout the hospital.  She serves on the advisory boards for HUC-JIR NY’s Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling and CPE program as well as Mount Sinai’s Department of Spiritual Care and Education CPE program. Rabbi Meyerson holds a doctorate from HUC-JIR in pastoral counseling.   

Rabbi Pearl Barlev (310-880-5849) Pearl is a Board Certified Chaplain at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and the part time congregation Rabbi at Santa Ynez Valley Jewish Community. She has taught and mentored at David Geffen UCLA Medical School, HUC-JIR Los Angeles, Academy for Jewish Religion and others. Pearl also privately consults with individuals and leadership on personal or institutional healing.

Rabbi Charles P. (“Charlie”) Rabinowitz (914-834-2880 OR 914-844-8368) works for Caring Hospice of New York where he provides home hospice and palliative care services to patients and families.  Charlie is an NAJC Board Certified Jewish Chaplain, and has completed the CSU Institute for Palliative Care and the Health Care Chaplaincy’s Advanced Palliative Care Chaplaincy Specialty Certificate Program. He is also a Rabbinic Bereavement and Pastoral Counselor, and lead many years of specific loss bereavement groups. He has written extensively on narrative psychology, clinical pastoral psychology and education, comfort fatigue/secondary stress, end-of-life cultural and communication issues for dementia patients and their families in a home hospice setting, Biblical and Judaic studies and Jewish life long learning.

Short Term Counseling

“I think I need to change jobs, but I am struggling to move forward”

“I can’t seem to move past my grief over my father’s death”

“My recent review was very critical and I’m not sure how to react”

“My rabbinic partner is facing an ethics violation, and I feel betrayed”

Rabbi Rex D Perlmeter, MSW is the CCAR Special Advisor for Member Care and Wellness. Rex is available for a limited number of counseling sessions for rabbis and family members who are facing personal or professional issues such as transition, loss, illness or struggles with difficult individuals. He can be reached at rperlmeter@ccarnet.org


Spiritual Direction

Rabbi Rex D Perlmeter, 410-207-1700, MSW, CCAR Special Advisor for Member Care and Wellness, is a trained spiritual director. The director acts as a companion as you discern where God is showing up, even when you might not have noticed, and is a witness to the process of discernment that can take place when we open ourselves to the Divine. Through this process, awareness may expand and help us better to feel Holy Presence in all the paths of our lives, including the painful and the joy-filled. He can be reached at rperlmeter@ccarnet.org


Colleagues on Call

“I’m feeling overwhelmed and not sure what to do”

“My current president is very difficult”

“My family is facing financial troubles”

“My mother has Alzheimer’s disease and I feel helpless”

Colleagues on Call are available to listen and offer guidance over one or two calls. They represent a broad range of Rabbinic and life experiences, ages and genders.
A complete list can be found on the CCAR website under Rabbis & Communities/Personal Resources & Chevruta.


Alcohol and Addiction Support

Rabbi Andrea Cosonowsky is the Chair of the Alcohol and Addiction Support Team. She is available to provide support to colleagues who are dealing with Addiction, along with resources for rabbis looking to support others.
RabbiCosnowsky@congetzchaim.org or call 630-981-4225.



Sharing our Lives

Sharing our Lives strengthens our connections by letting us know if colleagues have celebrated a simcha, received an award, or experienced a loss, providing us with the opportunity to rejoice and mourn together.  Email important events to sharingourlives@ccarnet.org


CCAR Staff

Steve Fox, Alan Henkin and Betsy Torop are available to listen, provide guidance, and direct you to relevant resources and support.  

These support services are also available to family members of rabbis.
All discussions are completely confidential.