NAORRR 2022 Convention
January 6-10
Boca Raton, Florida


Our theme:  Emergence: Historical & Contemporary

Two Exciting Scholars, Three Lectures:

Dr. Richard Elliot Friedman

The Exodus or the Exile?

The Exile is about being thrown out of your homeland. The Exodus is about leaving exile to go to your homeland. Which would you rather commemorate?

The Birth of Monotheism and of Love for Aliens

Two contributions that derive from a common historical development

Dr. Richard Elliott Friedman is the Ann & Jay Davis Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Georgia. He earned his doctorate at Harvard and was a visiting fellow at Oxford and Cambridge, a Senior Fellow of the American Schools of Oriental Research in Jerusalem, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Haifa. He is the author of the classic Who Wrote the Bible? and many other works.


Rabbi Dr. Joan Friedman

What COVID-19 Taught Us About Reform Responsa


The Responsa Committee was called upon to answer many questions relating to the pandemic, and we will address those questions. The bigger picture – which questions were asked or not asked, which questions could be answered definitively and which could not, which responsa were followed and which ignored – sheds light on the current dynamics of broader questions about the Responsa Committee and its role, and about the role of halakha in Reform Judaism.


Rabbi Joan Friedman is Professor of History and Religious Studies and Chair of the Department of History at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. She received her doctorate in Jewish history at Columbia University. Her 2013 book “Guidance, Not Governance”: Rabbi Solomon B. Freehof and Reform Responsa was a National Jewish Book Award Finalist.   She has been the chair of the CCAR Responsa Committee since 2019.


Honoring the 50th Year of Ordination
of the Class of 1972
and 50 years of Women in the Rabbinate

Plus…. Workshops, Worship, and lots of Chevruta!

Don’t let another year go by without seeing your friends and colleagues!

Call for Workshops

Have you been working on something you would like to share with your colleagues? Do you have an area of interest or expertise that others might be interested in? If so, we’d love to discuss with you the possibility of offering a Workshop at our Convention in January, 2022, in Boca Raton. We know there are many fine teachers amongst us, and our members really enjoy learning from one another. There will be 12 Workshops during our Convention. Please send a description of your workshop idea to Bob Orkand, NAORRR First VP/Program Chair at Please send as complete a description as possible. And, we hope you understand that we cannot accept all proposals that are submitted. Thanks in advance for help.