Last updated on: 2/3/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“It is clear, however, that for many people sexual orientation is not a matter of conscious choice but is constitutional and therefore not subject to change. It is also true that for some, sexual orientation may be a matter of conscious choice.”

Central Conference of American Rabbis, “Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Homosexuality and the Rabbinate,” available at www.ccarnet.org, 1990

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Description:

“The CCAR, founded in 1889, is the oldest and largest rabbinic organization in North America. It projects a powerful voice in the religious life of the American and international Jewish communities. The CCAR’s unique contribution to a continued vibrant Jewish community and Reform Movement lies in its work fostering excellence in Reform Rabbis; enhancing unity and connectedness among Reform Jews; applying Jewish values to a contemporary life; and, creating a compelling and accessible Judaism for today and the future.”

“About the CCAR,” www.ccarnet.org (accessed Feb. 3, 2012)

Mission:

“The CCAR enriches and strengthens the Jewish community by empowering Reform Rabbis to provide religious, spiritual and organizational leadership as it:

  • Fosters excellence in Reform Rabbis
  • Enhances Reform Rabbis’ professional and personal lives
  • Amplifies the voice of the Reform Rabbinate in the Reform Movement, the Jewish community and the world in which we live.”

“Mission Statement,” www.ccarnet.org, Jan. 17, 2008

Other:
509(a)(2) private foundation