Friday, March 23, 2012

CCAR 2012, a brief reflection

I have just returned from the annual convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, which was held this year in Boston. As always, it was wonderful to spend time with colleagues and friends who see each other so seldom (and of course to be back listening to all the locals, made me feel like I was back in high school). It was powerful to learn with such eminent scholars as American Jewish historian Jonathan Sarna, political scientist Robert Putnam, management consultant Russ Sabia, as well as mark the 40th anniversary of the ordination of women in celebrating Sally Priesand’s historic milestone. Yet overall, the greatest personal highlight was to be reminded of how proud I am to be a Reform Jew, part of a community that cherishes and embraces the opportunity to address even the most challenging and enlightening topics – intellectual, communal, spiritual - with the highest degree of openness and integrity. This is a blessing we share. I look forward to reflecting further with you as I continue “unpack” this valuable experience.

This coming weekend is Shabbat HaChodesh, beginning the Hebrew month of Nisan in which we celebrate Passover - the "Time of our Freedom." I hope this season of redemption gives us the strength to provide opportunity and uplift for the oppressed, as well as our own sacred contentment with the intellectual liberty we enjoy.

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