Rabbi Search

B’nai Sholom is conducting a search for a successor to Rabbi Don Cashman, who is retiring after nearly 35 years as our spiritual leader, teacher and guide.

Stay up-to-date on the search through the monthly Bulletin, the B’nai Sholom website and the Weekly Announcements.

Update on Rabbinic Search, November 2019

The Rabbinic Search Committee has scheduled in-home group conversations for January and February.  The purpose of these conversations is to help identify the qualities and skills our Settled Rabbi will need to help us realized our vision for the future. Congregants were invited through e-mail to sign up for a preferred time and location.  Emails were distributed on December 14, the subject header was ‘Self Study/Group Conversations Invite’ and the sender was Maxine Goldberg.  Check your inboxes (and your SPAM folders) for the invitation, and then sign up to participate.  We want all congregants to have their voices heard in this process!

Update on Rabbinic Search, November 2019

The search for Rabbi Cashman’s successor continues.  B’nai Sholom will hire an interim rabbi in June 2020 to serve as a transitional bridge so that we’ll have time to explore who we are as a congregation and what qualities we want in our new permanent or “settled” rabbi.  So far, the search committee has received five applications and conducted two video interviews for the interim position. The committee will conduct one more video interview and then invite the top candidates to B’nai Sholom for in-person interviews. Meanwhile, the committee is also scheduling in-home group conversations, planned for January, to help us identify the qualities and skills that our new “settled” rabbi will need to help us realize our vision for the future.  All congregants will receive an email in December inviting them to participate in one of these conversations.  The sign-up process will be conducted online; the committee will call congregants who do not have email addresses on file with B’nai Sholom.

Update on Rabbinic Search, October 2019

As of mid-October, we have received four applications for the interim position, and we may receive more applications over the next few weeks.  The application subcommittee is working on interview protocols for video and in-person interviews, which will begin in late October.

The self-study subcommittee has been refining the process for convening a series of roundtable discussions to take place this winter (January and February 2020). Volunteer hosts and notetakers have been recruited, and registration instructions for participants will be available soon. The purpose of the roundtable discussions will be to help us find out who we are, who we want to be, and what qualities and skills our new rabbi will need to help us realize our vision for the future.

Update on Rabbinic Search, September 2019

  • The search for Rabbi Cashman’s successor is proceeding smoothly and on schedule.  In fact, we are slightly ahead of where the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) expected us to be in the process.Earlier this year, the Search Committee recommended to the Board that B’nai Sholom hire an interim rabbi who can serve as a transitional bridge that would allow us the time to more fully explore who we are as a congregation and determine what we want in a new permanent or “settled” rabbi.  We completed and submitted to the CCAR the congregation’s application for an interim rabbi earlier this summer.  The CCAR has accepted our submission and has posted it to the job board, and candidates have already applied for the position.  We are reviewing those applications now.  Interviews with candidates whose skills and qualities appear to be most suited to our needs will begin shortly after the High Holy Days, first by phone and/or Skype and then in-person with the most promising candidates.
  • The B’nai Sholom Rabbinic Search Committee is organizing a series of roundtable discussions to take place this winter, January 1 – February 15, 2020.

Volunteers are needed to host a group conversation in your home or at B’nai Sholom.

All you need to do:

Choose a date to host between January 1 – February 15, 2020

Select a location: your home or B’nai Sholom

Pick a 2-hour time slot to open your home; conversations are expected to take 60-90 minutes

Tell us how many individuals you wish to host

Provide light refreshments and greet guests

Facilitators and note-takers will be in attendance to conduct and record the discussion.

Volunteers are needed to be note-takers during group conversations.

All you need to do:

Bring a laptop or notepad to record conversation

Take careful notes, capturing the discussion

Coordinate with other note-takers to combine notes

Provide electronic submission of finalized notes

Training and sample format will be provided for note-takers.

Please contact Ann Lowenfels (alowenfe@gmail.com) or David Liebschutz (dliebschutz@gmail.com) to express your interest in volunteering.

Update on Rabbinic Search, August 2019

B’nai Sholom’s Rabbinic Search Committee has drafted an application for the Interim Rabbi. The application will be reviewed by the Board of Trustees before it is submitted to Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) in August. See last months bulletin for more information about the search process

Update on Rabbinic Search, July 2019

The Rabbinic Search Committee has drafted an application as part of the process to hire an Interim Rabbi.  The application will be reviewed by the Board of Trustees before it is submitted to the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) in August.  See the full timeline and additional information below.

Search Committee Report for Annual Meeting,  June 2019

The Rabbinic Search Committee’s charge is to recruit a new spiritual leader to succeed Rabbi Cashman, who is retiring in June 2020. The overall goal of the search process is to locate and get to know the Rabbi who will be the best match for our congregation. 

Committee co-chairs were appointed by B’nai Sholom’s president: David Liebschutz and Ann Lowenfels.  Eleven members were recruited through B’nai Sholom’s High Holiday Guide, Directory, and Bulletin:  Arthur Alowitz, David DiPaola, Katelyn DiPaola, Roy Fruiterman, Maxine Goldberg, Bruce Goldstein, Ben Marvin, Ann Shapiro, Carol Smith, Linda Strohl, and Phil Teumim.  Monthly meetings started in November 2018, and a Brit was signed in June 2019.

After communicating with the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), and several other congregations, the search committee determined that the best strategy for B’nai Sholom will be to hire an interim Rabbi in 2020 and a settled Rabbi in 2021:

Interim Rabbi Timeline
June-July, 2019 Fill out application for interim rabbi and submit to CCAR for feedback
September 2019 Conduct telephone or Skype interviews; select candidates to recommend inviting for in-person interview
October-November, 2019 Conduct in person interviews; decide on who to recommend as final candidate
December 2019-January 2020 Call references; possible final interview; make offer to candidate/contract negotiations
July 2020 Interim Rabbi starts
Self Study Timeline
January – February 2020 In-home group conversations to find out who we are, who we want to be, and what qualities and skills our new rabbi will need to help us realize our vision for the future
March – April 2020 On-line congregational survey to help us prioritize qualities and skills needed
May-June 2020 Summarize results and present at Annual Meeting
Settled Rabbi Timeline
June-July, 2020 Fill out application for settled rabbi and submit to CCAR for feedback
September, 2020 Conduct telephone or Skype interviews; select candidates to recommend inviting for in-person interview
October- November, 2020 Conduct in person interviews; decide on who to recommend as final candidate
December 2020 – January 2021 Call references; possible final interview; make offer to candidate/contract negotiations
July 2021 Settled Rabbi starts

 

Throughout the process, the search committee will use seven outlets to keep congregants informed of search status, progress, and opportunities for input: website, bulletin, email, Facebook, Twitter, pulpit announcements and US mail.

Congregational input is needed!

  • Volunteer to host a group conversation in your home
  • Participate in a group conversation at someone else’s home
  • Arrange a one-on-one conversation with a search committee member
  • Participate in the congregational on-line survey
  • Contact Ann or David with questions or suggestions