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Rabbi Search Updates

June 15, 2021
We are gearing up for FOCUS GROUPS to get your input about what is important to you in our new rabbi! Watch your email for info re signing up. Virtual and Live options will be available. 
In addition, MEMBER SURVEYS will be going out by email mid-to late July for you to share additional thoughts about what we should be looking for in our new rabbi.

Rabbi Search is Under Way!

May 16, 2021

Dear Fellow Congregants: 

After 25 years with our congregation, Rabbi Goldstein will officially retire on July 31, 2022 and continue to be a part of our congregation as Rabbi Emeritus. As we begin our search for our next rabbi, we hope that you will join us in this important endeavor. This is an opportunity to consider what traits are most important to you in a spiritual leader and clarify what makes our synagogue unique as we explore what is important to our congregation. 

We are honored to serve as co-chairs of the Rabbi Search Steering Committee. It is our goal to ensure involvement from our members and to create open communication. In the weeks and months ahead, you will receive email updates about the search process and will be able to access updates and FAQs on Beth Israel’s Rabbi Search webpage. Below, you will see listed the co-chairs of all the Rabbi Search Subcommittees. If you have questions, suggestions, or would like to join a subcommittee, please email We want to hear from you and hope you will participate in this avoda kedosha (holy work)! 

Our 15-month search process schedule is as follows:  
May - July 2021: You will be invited to participate in small online or in-person focus groups and to complete an extensive community survey about what is important to you in a new rabbi. 
July/August 2021: The committee will use the data gathered to complete a Rabbinical Assembly application for potential candidates to learn about us. 
October 2021: The Rabbinical Assembly application will be posted for viewing by rabbinical candidates. 
November 2021- January 2022: The committee will screen applicants and conduct initial interviews. 
December 2021- February 2022: Candidates will be invited to Beth Israel for a weekend visit. We encourage all members of our congregation to attend these services and events. You will receive formal and informal surveys for your feedback after the visit and asked for your vote on the final selected candidate at a congregational meeting. 
Summer 2022: Our new rabbi will begin! 

Thank you for your help in the coming months. This process will be one that builds and strengthens our community and we are filled with optimism and excitement about the journey we have begun. We look forward to working with you on this important endeavor.

David J. Braitman                                 Heidi B. Hoffman

Sat, October 23 2021 17 Cheshvan 5782