Mar 7, 2006
The RCA is pleased to announce that the 2006 Annual Convention will be taking place on Sunday, May 7th – Wednesday May 10th at the Newark Airport Hilton Hotel. The theme of this year’s convention is “Searching for Spirituality.”
Many outstanding rabbinic leaders will address the convention, including (in alphabetical order) Yosef Blau, Kenneth Brander, Alan Brill, Meir Goldwicht, Kenneth Hain, Marvin Hier, Robert Hirt, Norman Lamm, Binyamin Lau, Shneyer Leiman, Steven Pruzansky, Edward Reichman, Yona Reiss, Shlomo Riskin, Hershel Schachter, Jacob J. Schacter, Allen Schwartz, Gedalia Schwartz, Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Avi Weiss, Jeremy Wieder and Mordechai Willig.
Prominent non-rabbinic speakers will include John Bolton, US Ambassador to the United Nations, Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, Richard Joel, President of Yeshiva University and Dr. David Pelcovitz, Professor of Psychology at Yeshiva University.
Major convention plenary sessions will include:
• Bringing Spirituality into our Shuls (with historical precedents and current best practices)
• The Shtiebelization of Orthodoxy
• Modern Orthodoxy & its Neshama
• Uses and Abuses of Kabbalah in modern times
• The Spiritual Experience of Women in our Synagogues
• End of Life Issues & Halacha: When treatment can be withheld?
• Rabbis & Rabbis: How we treat each other
• The Future of Religious Zionism in light of recent events
• Confronting world-wide as well as local antisemitism (followed by a screening of a just-released movie produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.)
• The Shidduch Crisis: Creative Responses
• The Rabbi’s Neshama
As in past years, there will also be a plethora of practical workshops and roundtables sessions offered for the purpose of strengthening rabbinic skills in a fast moving and ever changing environment.
There are many reasons that rabbis from around the world attend the RCA’s annual convention. For many, it is the opportunity to meet colleagues and chaverim in a warm and informal atmosphere. For others it is a once a year goldmine to share ideas, resources, challenges and solutions dealing with the important issues of the day. For some it is to get chizuk, both personal and professional, from leading expositors of Torah. For yet others, it is the opportunity to meet and talk first-hand with the officers and staff of the RCA. Whatever the rabbi’s needs or preferences, the RCA annual convention is the place to be!
Building off last year’s success, we will once again offer concurrent sessions for rebbetzins, healthcare chaplains and military chaplains over the course of the convention. Chaverim in attendance will be able to schedule time slots to meet with RCA leaders as well as placement personnel to discuss personal matters. There will be a special tribute to senior rabbis who have been members for more than 60 years. New members will be publicly recognized. Various RCA committees will hold meetings throughout the Convention, and the program will be preceded on Sunday afternoon by an Executive Committee meeting, open to all chaverim of the RCA. Important resolutions will be discussed and debated, on a number of pressing issues confronting the Jewish people and the larger society. The RCA Pension plan staff will be on hand for one-on-one meetings with chaverim. The lobby will feature sefarim, tapes, organizational promotions, and much more. Babysitting will be provided based on demand. The Health Club and swimming pool will also be available at set hours. There will be free parking and free shuttle service to and from the airport.
Credited for planning this year’s convention is the convention chairman, Rabbi Elazar Muskin of the Young Israel of Century City in Los Angeles. Rabbi Muskin worked closely with an able convention committee which included the following rabbis and RCA staff (in alphabetical order): Barry Gelman, Jonathan Gross, Basil Herring, Jay Kelman, Elly Krimsky, Fred Nebel, Dale Polakoff, Moshe Rosenberg, Gideon Shloush, Neil Turk, and Kenneth Zisook.