CHICAGO, IL and NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Feb 20, 2014) -  The world's Reform rabbis will convene in Chicago Sunday, March 30, through Wednesday, April 2, 2014, for the 125th Convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). The CCAR is the representative organization of nearly 2,000 Reform rabbis, the world's largest group of Jewish clergy.

The Convention is open to media but an advance notification is required. To attend, please contact Katarina Wenk-Bodenmiller of Sommerfield Communications at 212-255-8386 or

125th Annual Convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR)


  • Opening remarks from Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
  • Mondelēz Chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld speaking about the challenges of navigating the corporate landscape with a Jewish sensibility - Moses, Madoff and Mondelēz
  • "Shave for the Brave" where over 50 rabbis will shave their heads to raise awareness of and funds for pediatric cancer research (Photo opportunity on Tuesday, April 1)
  • Interfaith conversation involving evangelical theologian Jim Wallis on the role of clergy in the elevation of and working for the "common good"
  • Tribute honoring Rabbi David Ellenson, Phd, former President of Hebrew Union College, who just recently retired

Sunday, March 30 through Wednesday, April 2

Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park
(200 N Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60601)

To attend and/or to speak with CCAR CEO Rabbi Steven Fox, please contact Katarina Wenk Bodenmiller of Sommerfield Communications at 212-255-8386 or

About The CCAR
The Central Conference of American Rabbis, founded in 1889, is the oldest and largest rabbinic organization in North America. As the professional organization for Reform Rabbis of North America, the CCAR projects a powerful voice in the religious life of the American and international Jewish communities. Since its establishment, the CCAR has a rich history of giving professional and personal support to Reform rabbis, providing them opportunities for study, professional development and spiritual growth beginning while they are still in seminary, through mid-careers, and into retirement. The CCAR is uniquely positioned to meet the ongoing needs of its nearly 2,000 member rabbis (virtually the entire Reform rabbinate) and the entire Reform Jewish community. For more information please visit the CCAR's website at

Contact Information:

Katarina Wenk-Bodenmiller
Sommerfield Communications, Inc.
(212) 255-8386