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Committees and Working Groups

We serve our members and lead our communities through our dozens of committees and working groups. Comprised of our members, officers, and professional staff, these groups help to connect us with other organizations; to reach out to Israel and abroad; to formulate positions of policy and halacha; to foster the professional growth of our members, and to service their personal needs; and to address the RCA's own institutional needs.

Members: When logged in, learn more about the activities of highlighted committees and working groups by clicking on the committee name or "Learn more..."

Member Services - Career and Financial
Model Contracts
Create contract templates for a variety of rabbinic positions and career stages.
Pension
Operate and set policies for RCA's pension plan. (Chairman: Rabbi William Herskowitz)
Placement Services
The RCA/OU/YU Joint Placement Committee advances members' careers and help them find suitable positions. (Co-Chairman: Rabbi Ronald Schwarzberg, Co-Chairman: Rabbi Elly Krimsky)

Member Services - Professional Development
Annual RCA Convention
Organize annual convention for RCA chaverim. (Co-Chairman: Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, Co-Chairman: Rabbi Steven Pruzansky)
Federal Prisons
Coordinate Orthodox rabbinate's efforts to serve inmates in Federal prison. (Chairman: Rabbi Jacob Hoenig)
Health Care Chaplains
Provide support services to members serving as chaplains in health care facilities. (Co-Chairman: Rabbi Charles Sheer, Co-Chairman: Rabbi Bennett Rackman)
Israel Region
Provide support services to members living in Israel. (Co-President: Rabbi Aaron Borow, Co-President: Rabbi Jay Karzen)
Military Chaplains
Support chaverim serving as chaplains in the United States Armed Forces. (Chairman: Rabbi Ira Kronenberg)
Tradition
Publish print and online versions of the RCA flagship publication, Tradition. (Editor: Rabbi Shalom Carmy)

Public Policy, Halachic Standards and Torah Pronouncements
Agunah Prevention & Resolution
Advocate communal sanctions against recalcitrant spouses, the use of prenuptial agreements, and other methods to reduce the incidence of modern day iggun. (Chairman: Rabbi Howard Jachter)
GPS (Geirus Policy and Standards)
(Chairman: Rabbi Jonathan Reiss)
Health Care Proxy Update
Create new RCA document regarding end-of-life issues. (Chairman: Rabbi Benjamin Kelsen)
JPEG (Jewish Principles and Ethical Guidelines)
Create written guidelines for businesses to operate according to Jewish law and ethics. In Spring, 2009, the first such document - relating to the kashruth supervision - was completed. (Chairman: Rabbi Asher Meir)
Rabbinic Kashruth
Serve as rabbinic partner to OU Kashruth Division. (Chairman: Rabbi Kenneth Auman)
Revised RCA Siddur
Provide editorial and publishing guidance for RCA's Revised Siddur. (Chairman: Rabbi Hershel Billet)
Vaad Halacha
Formulate halachic positions, options, and views on a variety of pressing matters related to the public arena. (Chairman: Rabbi Asher Bush)

Relationships with Other Organizations
Conference of Presidents
Play active leadership role in the deliberations of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. (President: Rabbi Moshe Kletenik)
IJCIC (International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations)
Play active leadership role in Jewish relations with the Catholic Church and other non-Jewish groups. (Chairman: Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld)

Institutional Strength and Growth
Executive
(Chairman: Rabbi Moshe Kletenik)
Semicha Standards
Determine which institutional and private semichot are acceptable for membership in the RCA. (Chairman: Rabbi Moshe Kletenik)
Vaad Hakavod
Investigate any allegations of improprieties by RCA members, and make relevant recommendations to the Executive Committee.


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