Thoughts I Had as I was Watching From Afar

As the conference nears its end, I thought I would share a few thoughts as one who has followed from afar…

  1. No matter how socially connected we make our conferences, it is nothing like being there! (Coffee and beignets do not travel over the internet.)
  2. I am so grateful to those who shared #CCAR11 with those of us following on twitter.
  3. The past few days reaffirmed why I follow many of my colleagues, @imabima, @jazzrabbi, @lizwood1982,@rebmark, @moosh2, @rabbikip, @michellepearlma, @frumesarah, @ravheidi and so many others too numerous to mention.  Our community of colleagues is a source of smiles, support, ideas and inspiration.  You made having to miss the last few days a little less frustrating.
  4. I need a new phone with a bigger screen! (Eyes are getting older!).
  5. When Steve Fox gave a shout out to engaging our younger colleagues in CCAR leadership, I took great joy in the cheers that rose among so many of my friends and reminded myself that youth is a mindset as much as a number. (It helped. :) )
  6. So many great addresses.  I hope they are posted on the CCAR website soon so they can be shared by all our colleagues.
  7. Lynne Landsberg and David Saperstien never fail to inspire! It seems like they were two of many who did so this year.
  8. I had to smile at the confluence of forces that put the CCAR in New Orleans simultaneous with the RA in Las Vegas. (No Comment :) )  I had fun following both.
  9. I took great pride in the fact that tweets from the CCAR were so focused on engaging our people in Judaism, especially those of the next generation. (RA tweets seemed a little more inward focused this year).
  10. As socially connected as #CCAR11 has been, the RA had us beat in one area:  Their keynotes and roundtables were streamed over the internet and available on Ustream.  As another colleague recently noted, “The borders have disappeared in the 21st century Digital Age and…we must continue to adapt and make our vision and approach fresh.” Streaming, Live Blogging, Twitter, Facebook, Skype, etc. will only connect us more as a conference and not less.  And should you be worried that this will encourage anyone to stay home and “watch from afar”… (and so this doesn’t look like another top ten list.)
  11. No matter how socially connected we make our conferences, it is nothing like being there! (Coffee and beignets do not travel over the internet and neither does the joy of spending time with friends actually, rather than virtually.)

See you in Boston! (@rabbilevy)


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2 Responses to Thoughts I Had as I was Watching From Afar

  1. Margaret Meyer says:

    It would have been nice to have had live streaming so those of us who couldn’t attend could listen/watch the programs. the comments were helpful but still left us feeling soooo far away. Could the major addresses be posted on ccarnet?

    • Dan says:

      The major sessions were recorded and our intention is to make them available in some way for our members. Stay tuned!