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The Central Conference of American Rabbis is the oldest rabbinical association in the United States, established by the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, a Reform group, in 1889. The Conference has played an influential role in interfaith relations, military chaplaincy, church and state issues, social action, and religious education. Cleveland, Ohio, rabbis who have served as president of the organization include Moses J. Gries, Louis Wolsey, Barnett R. Brickner, and Arthur J. Lelyveld.

From the description of Central Conference of American Rabbis records, 1910-1922. (Rhinelander District Library). WorldCat record id: 43441885

Founded in 1889 by Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, CCAR is the principal organization of Reform rabbis in the U.S. and Canada. CCAR issues responsa, resolutions, and platforms, but in keeping with the principles of Reform Judaism, their positions are non-binding on individual rabbis or congregations.

From the description of Central Conference of American Rabbis records, 1893-1961. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 384202835

From the description of Records, 1889-1975 [microform]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70958907

The Conference was opposed to munitions buildups, in favor of neutrality, free trade, and conscientious objection.

From the description of Collection, 1922-1945. (Swarthmore College, Peace Collection). WorldCat record id: 27330005

The Central Conference of American Rabbis (f. 1889), is the oldest rabbinical association in the United States. It was established at a meeting of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (Reform) in Detroit, Michigan, in 1889. Prior to that date, participants at a meeting held in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1855 were unsuccessful in forming a union of Orthodox and Reform rabbis. Subsequent attempts to establish an organization of Reform rabbis also failed until the 1889 Detroit meeting.

The Conference has played an influential role in areas such as interfaith relations, the military chaplaincy, church and state issues, social action, and religious education. Actions and resolutions of the Central Conference of American Rabbis are not binding, but they have, typically, received broad support. Prayer books and hymnals published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis have been widely used in Reform congregations.

Cleveland, Ohio, rabbis who have served as president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis are: Moses J. Gries (Tifereth Israel), 1913-1915, Louis Wolsey (Anshe Chesed), 1925-1927, Barnett R. Brickner (Anshe Chesed), 1953-1955, and Arthur J. Lelyveld (Anshe Chesed) who served as vice-president, 1973-1975, and president, 1975-1977. Between 1916 and 1924, Rabbi Wolsey served as treasurer, corresponding secretary, and vice-president. It seems likely that the materials in this collection were originally maintained by Rabbi Wolsey.

click here to view the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History entry for Moses Gries

click here to view the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History entry for Barnett Robert Brickner

From the guide to the Central Conference of American Rabbis Records, 1910-1922, (Western Reserve Historical Society)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Wise, Isaac Mayer, 1819-1900. Papers, 1850-1899. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Grafman, Milton L., 1907-1995. Milton L. Grafman papers, 1929-1995 (bulk, 1950-1970). American Jewish Archives
creatorOf Central Conference of American Rabbis. Central Conference of American Rabbis records, 1893-1961. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Morris S. Lazaron Papers., 1851-1979, 1930-1950 The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
referencedIn World Jewish Congress Records, 1918-1982, 1940-1980 The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Feldman, Abraham J. (Abraham Jehiel), 1893-1977. Papers, 1906-1977. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Aaron, Israel, 1859-1912. Scrapbook, 1881-1899. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Poller, H. Leonard, 1928-1998. Papers, 1960-1994. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Englander, Henry, 1877-1950. Papers, 1902-1951. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn American Association for Ethiopian Jews (AAEJ), records, undated, 1960-1961, 1963, 1965-1968, 1970-1995, 2001-2002 American Jewish Historical Society
referencedIn Marcus, Jacob Rader, 1896-1995. Papers, 1910-1995. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Newburge, Geri. Rabbi Simeon J. Maslin, undated. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Stolz, Joseph, 1861-1941. Papers, 1885-1946. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Union of American Hebrew Congregations. Records, 1873-1985. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Monsky, Henry, 1890-1947. Henry Monsky letter, 1946 July 26. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Lelyveld, Arthur J., 1913-1996. Arthur J. Lelyveld papers, 1901-1993 (1950-1987). Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf Brickner, Barnett R. (Barnett Robert), 1892-1958. Barnett R. Brickner papers, 1919-1971. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Bernard J. Bamberger Papers., 1909-1979. The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Abraham Cronbach Papers, 1902-1965, 1920-1960 The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Frisch, Ephraim, 1880-1957. Papers, 1905-1958. American Jewish Archives
creatorOf Central Conference of American Rabbis. Central Conference of American Rabbis records, 1910-1922. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Papers, 1918-1993 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Heller, James G. (James Gutheim), 1892-1971. Papers, 1906-1952. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn David B. Alpert papers, 1924-1981 American Jewish Historical Society
referencedIn Wolf, Horace J. (Horace Joseph), 1885-1926. Papers, 1914-1926. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Rothschild, Jacob M., 1911-1973. Jacob M. Rothschild papers, 1933-1985 (bulk 1947-1973). Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Goldman, Robert Philip, 1890-1976. Papers, 1917-1976. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Kominsky, Neil E. (Neil Edward), 1944-. Task Force on Women in the Rabbinate collection, 1976-1991. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Bettan, Israel. Papers, 1907-1976. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Philipson, David, 1862-1949. Papers, 1883-1949. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Stolz, Joseph, 1861-1941. Papers, 1844-1950 (bulk 1900-1930). American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Cronbach, Abraham, 1882-1965. Papers, 1902-1965. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Philipson, David, 1862-1949. Collection, 1823-1949 [microform]. Brandeis University Library
creatorOf Central Conference of American Rabbis. Collection, 1922-1945. Swarthmore College, Peace Collection, SCPC
referencedIn Belin, David W. Jewish outreach papers, 1970-1999 (bulk 1978-1998) University of Michigan
referencedIn Marshall, Louis, 1856-1929. Papers, 1891-1930. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Stern, Malcolm H. Papers, 1882-1994. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Marcuson, Isaac Edward, 1872-1951. Correspondence, 1921-1922. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Rosenau, William, 1865-1943. Papers, 1889-1944. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Lefkowitz, David, 1875-1955. Papers, 1929-1931. American Jewish Archives
creatorOf Central Conference of American Rabbis Records, 1910-1922 Western Reserve Historical Society
referencedIn Edgar F. Magnin Papers, 1909-1984 The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Wolfstein, Ira S. Ira S. Wolfstein address, 1919. American Jewish Archives
creatorOf Mount Zion Hebrew Congregation (Saint Paul, Minn.). Mount Zion Hebrew Congregation records, 1853-1958. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Isserman, Ferdinand M. (Ferdinand Myron), 1898-1972. Papers, 1870-1971. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Newfield, Morris, b. 1869. Papers, 1868-1940. American Jewish Archives
creatorOf Central Conference of American Rabbis. Records, 1889-1975 [microform]. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Katz, Robert L. Papers, 1960-1990. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Rothschild, Jacob M., 1911-1973. Papers, 1933-1985 (bulk 1947-1973). Emory University, Robert W. Woodruff Library
referencedIn Hyman G. Enelow Papers., 1897-1933. The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Rabbi Richard J. Israel, papers, undated, 1949-1996 (bulk 1980-1992) American Jewish Historical Society
referencedIn Solomon Andhil Fineberg Papers., 1939-1974 The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Silver, Daniel Jeremy. Daniel Jeremy Silver papers, 1907-1992. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Aaron, Israel, 1859-1912. person
associatedWith Alpert, David B., 1899-1982 person
associatedWith American Association for Ethiopian Jews (AAEJ) corporateBody
associatedWith American Jewish Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith American Jewish Joint Agricultural Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Bamberger, Bernard Jacob, 1904-1980 person
associatedWith Belin, David W. person
associatedWith Bettan, Israel. person
associatedWith Brickner, Barnett R. (Barnett Robert), 1892-1958. person
associatedWith Cronbach, Abraham, 1882-1965. person
associatedWith Deutsch, Gotthard, 1859-1921. person
correspondedWith Enelow, Hyman Gerson person
associatedWith Englander, Henry, 1877-1950. person
associatedWith Feldman, Abraham J. (Abraham Jehiel), 1893-1977. person
correspondedWith Fineberg, Solomon Andhil person
associatedWith Frisch, Ephraim, 1880-1957. person
associatedWith Goldman, Robert Philip, 1890-1976. person
associatedWith Grafman, Milton L., 1907-1995. person
associatedWith Hebrew Union College. corporateBody
associatedWith Hecht, Sigmund. person
associatedWith Heller, James G. (James Gutheim), 1892-1971. person
associatedWith Isserman, Ferdinand M. (Ferdinand Myron), 1898-1972. person
associatedWith Katz, Robert L. person
correspondedWith Lazaron, Morris Samuel person
associatedWith Lefkowitz, David, 1875-1955. person
associatedWith Lelyveld, Arthur J., 1913-1996. person
correspondedWith Magnin, Edgar Fogel person
associatedWith Marcus, Jacob Rader, 1896-1995. person
associatedWith Marcuson, Isaac Edward, 1872-1951. person
correspondedWith Marshall, Louis, 1856-1929 person
associatedWith Monsky, Henry, 1890-1947. person
associatedWith Mount Zion Hebrew Congregation (Saint Paul, Minn.) corporateBody
associatedWith National Council for Prevention of War (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Newburge, Geri. person
associatedWith Newfield, Morris, b. 1869. person
associatedWith Paul A. Freund person
associatedWith Philipson, David, 1862-1949. person
associatedWith Poller, H. Leonard, 1928-1998. person
associatedWith Portuguese Marranos Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Rabbi Richard J. Israel person
associatedWith Rosenau, William, 1865-1943. person
associatedWith Rothschild, Jacob M., 1911-1973. person
associatedWith Silver, Daniel Jeremy. person
associatedWith Stern, Malcolm H. person
correspondedWith Stolz, Joseph, 1861-1941 person
associatedWith Swarthmore College. Peace Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Taft, William H. 1857-1930. person
associatedWith Union of American Hebrew Congregations. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army corporateBody
associatedWith Wise, Isaac Mayer, 1819-1900. person
associatedWith Wise, Stephen S. 1874-1949. person
associatedWith Wolf, Horace J. (Horace Joseph), 1885-1926. person
associatedWith Wolfstein, Ira S. person
associatedWith Wolsey, Louis, 1877-1953. person
associatedWith World Jewish Congress corporateBody
associatedWith World Union for Progressive Judaism. corporateBody
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United States
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Reform Judaism--United States
Reform Judaism
Jews--Legal status, laws, etc
Reform Judaism--Societies, etc.--History--Sources
Judaism--Prayer-books and devotions
Judaism--Relations--Christianity
Rabbis--United States
Rabbis--Societies, etc.--History--Sources
Jews
Rabbis
Peace--Religious aspects--Judaism--History--Sources
Zionism
Hebrew language--Pronunciation
Central Conference of American Rabbis
Rabbis--Societies, etc
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