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The RCA Code of Conduct

The recently adopted RCA Code of Conduct sets out basic guidelines for the ethical and professional conduct of rabbis. While no code of this sort can be all inclusive, this Code establishes clear parameters that will guide the members of the Rabbinical Council of America. This Code will serve as a framework for rabbinic comportment and as a resource for rabbis to provide clarity to them when they face questions and challenges. It will be helpful for rabbis to study this code before entering the rabbinate and to review it during their professional tenures so as to avoid both actual impropriety and the appearance thereof.

The Halakhah and the Mussar tradition provide us with rules, guidelines, and advice, legal and aspirational, regarding proper behavior, both personal and professional. This Code of Conduct is intended to clarify the application of those traditions, supplemented with details that have particular relevance to the contemporary rabbinate.

New & Noteworthy At The RCA 

Dec 12, 2017
RCA Mourns Death of Rav Aharon Shteinman, zt"l

Sep 06, 2017
Between Rome and Jerusalem: Reflections on 50 Years of Nostra Aetate

Sep 06, 2017
Between Rome and Jerusalem: Reflections on 50 Years of Nostra Aetate

Aug 16, 2017
The Rabbinical Council of America Challenges Charlottesville Moral Equivalency

Aug 12, 2017
The RCA Condemns Charlottesville Violence and Bigotry

Aug 11, 2017
The halachic validity of the Rabbinical Council of America's Prenuptial Agreement

Mar 21, 2017
Abby Lerner Appointed as GPS's National Director of the Conversion Services

Policies & Positions of the RCA

Jun 20, 2018
The Rabbinical Council of America on“zero-tolerance” separating children from their migrant parents when they cross the border.

Nov 06, 2017
The RCA on the Sutherland Springs, TX

Oct 03, 2017
The RCA on the Las Vegas Massacre

Oct 02, 2017
2014 Resolution: Gun Violence in America

Aug 16, 2017
2015 RCA resolution condemning racism

Aug 16, 2017
An Open Letter to the Charlottesville Jewish Community

Jan 30, 2017
RCA Condemns Attack on Quebec Mosque



National Director of Conversion Services
Mrs. Abby Lerner


Mrs. Lerner serves as a resource for conversion candidates, supporting them through the process of conversion, answering questions,  addressing concerns that may arise and acting as a liaison to the rabbinic courts.
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Policy and Procedures Regarding Allegations of Impropriety Against an RCA Member

To view the RCA's procedures for receiving and responding to allegations of impropriety against a member, click here.
To discuss confidentially concerns you may have, contact Rabbi Mark Dratch, Executive Vice President, at mdratch@rabbis.org or 212-807-9000.

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