Rabbi Search

Search Committee Report for Annual Meeting, 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