HUC-JIR and the CCAR Convene Symposium on Rabbinic Diversity

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) held the second Symposium on Rabbinic Diversity on October 31-November 1, 2016, with the generous support of The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati. 

The Symposium celebrated the increasing variety of rabbinical experiences, including rabbis in day schools, palliative care, communal organizations, private schools, multi-religious contexts, university settings, and hospice. The CCAR recognizes that 25 percent of its membership is comprised of rabbis serving the Jewish and American communities beyond synagogues. Each of the Symposium attendees has created her or his own rabbinical career trajectory and serves the Jewish community and beyond. 

During their meeting, Symposium participants discussed how HUC-JIR can best prepare rabbinical students to serve and lead in the 21st century and how the CCAR can support them through continuing learning opportunities. The College-Institute and the CCAR are learning institutions determined to innovate and meet, if not exceed, the expectations of our students and members, respectively.

Symposium participant Rabbi Justus Baird, HUC-JIR/NY '07, Dean of Auburn Theological Seminary in New York, remarked, "It was a wonderful time to build relationships with colleagues, deepen our understanding of the evolving strategy of HUC-JIR and the CCAR, and more." Rabbi Emily Feigenson, HUC-JIR/NY '82, LA '84, Chaplain at Harvard-Westlake School, stated, "On reflection, I felt it was life changing for me in how I view myself." 

For additional information, please visit Avodat haKodesh; each of the attendees wrote an article about his or her rabbinate.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu