Not going to Italy?

Disappointed that there’s no convention?

Afraid that you won’t get to see your CA friends this year?

It’s time to lay that fear to rest. While it’s true that we forego our annual convention during mission years, we are keenly aware of the need to provide ample opportunities for robust learning and fellowship among our members.

And that’s what the CA Spring Conclave is all about. 

CA Spring Conclave

This year, in addition to our Annual and EC meetings, which we understand are not among the most exciting reasons you would choose to visit NYC this spring, our conclave team has created a dynamic day of learning centered around one of the prime challenges we face as clergy: how do we, as human beings and as clergy, maintain our own equanimity and continue to function as agents of healing in a highly polarized and increasingly chaotic world? We’ve partnered with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality to explore this question in a deep and meaningful way.

We’ll meet together, daven together, learn together, sing together, be mindful together and even eat and shmooze together, which, let’s face it, is why most people go to convention anyhow. After a day of meetings on Monday at Park Avenue Synagogue--which all CA members are welcome to attend--we’ll hold an Awards dinner at Abigael’s, one of NYC’s finest Kosher restaurants. Then, on Tuesday, we’ll reconvene at JTS for a Yom Iyun that will include a live SongSwap and SLBC-style closing session. 

This will be learning you won’t want to miss. Please see below for details.

Hope to see you in NYC!

Dates: March 23-24, 2020

Location: Park Avenue Synagogue & Jewish Theological Seminary

Times: See Below

Click here to register.


Conclave Schedule

Monday, March 23

Location: Park Avenue Synagogue, 50 E 87th St, New York, NY 10128

10:00 am - 12:30 pm - Annual Meeting

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Executive Council Meeting (all members welcome)

3:30 pm - 7:00 pm - Free Time

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm - Awards Dinner (Location: Abigael’s Restaurant, 1407 Broadway, New York, NY 10018)

Tuesday, March 24

Location: Jewish Theological Seminary, 3080 Broadway, New York NY 10025

Yom Iyun - From Chaos to Calm: Finding your still, small voice

A Day of Study and Practice

9:00 am - 9:30 am - Welcome/Registration Coffee & Muffins

9:30 am - 10:30 am - Keynote Panel Discussion: From Chaos to Calm - Navigating the Journey Personally and Professionally

Panel discussion, moderated by Hazzan Joanna Dulkin, featuring:

IJS Faculty Member (TBA), Institute for Jewish Spirituality, NY

Rabbi Cantor Jeffrey Myers, Tree of Life Congregation, Pittsburgh, PA

JTS Faculty Member (TBA), Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, NY

Rabbi Stephanie Dickstein, Chaplain, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ

10:45 am - 11:45 am - Breakout Sessions

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - SongSwap

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm - Lunch

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Afternoon Intensives (pick one)

Mussar and Middot - Rabbi Marc Margolius

Hassidut Text Study - Rabbi Jonathan Slater

Yoga/Meditation - Hazzan Elizabeth Shammash

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm - Closing Session

 To register, click here.