Rabbi Search Update, Feb. 8

Rabbinic Search Update 2/8

As we plan for the future, ten applications are currently being reviewed by the rabbinic search committee. In the coming weeks, select candidates will be invited to participate in a telephone interview with several committee members, followed by an in-person interview here at Oseh with the entire committee. The most qualified candidates will then be invited for “Rabbi-in-Residence” weekends, during which they will lead services, teach classes and have additional opportunities to display their talents and strengths.

RABBI SEARCH UPDATE, 2/7

 I have been working closely with my vice-chair, Jean Silver-Isenstadt, with our Co-Presidents Allison Holtz and Andy Friedman, and with the placement office at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, to develop a search enterprise for our new Rabbi that is transparent, diverse and truly representative of our congregation, but also nimble and efficient enough to effectively engage in the task of finding the Rabbi who can both creatively and responsibly lead Oseh Shalom into the next phase of our schul’s evolution.

With this in mind, we have established a Search Committee that will have four components:

  • An Interviewing/Selection Committee, charged with reading resumes, interviewing candidates by telephone, Skype, and/or in person, following up on letters of reference, and ultimately recommending a preferred candidate to the Board.

A Communications Committee, charged with ensuring that the congregation as a whole, and its various components—including the religious school—are kept well-informed as the search process unfolds.

  • A Candidate Relations Committee, charged with designing and coordinating the visits of those rabbis who pass through the first two rounds of interviews and are invited to spend a weekend at Oseh leading services, teaching classes, and meeting congregants.
  • Administrative Committe, charged with financials and record-keeping.

All congregants will be encouraged to remain in contact with Jean and/or me, as well as with any members of the Committee, with their thoughts, questions, ideas and recommendations throughout the process. In addition, when candidates do eventually have the opportunity to visit Oseh and to display their strengths and talents as spiritual leaders and as teachers, feedback from our membership will be absolutely crucial when it comes to determining Rabbi Doug’s successor.

At this point, we have received eight resumes from the RRC’s placement office, and the Interviewing/Selection Committee has begun reading over these resumes and determining an initial telephone interview schedule.

From a timing standpoint, it would be optimal for us to have a replacement for Rabbi Doug immediately after his resignation date, to begin August 1, 2017, and in time for the Yamim Noraim, and from a chronological standpoint, we are positioned to do that as we forge ahead.  However, I believe we are all in agreement that our main priority is to find the right person, and we are fortunate to have the ongoing presence of Cantor Charlie, as well as the energies of numerous talented lay leaders, the combination of which will enable us to be patient and persistent as we proceed.

In the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to Jean or me, at any point.

 Thank you,

 Brad Sachs, Chairperson, Oseh Shalom Rabbinical Search Committee, drbradsachs@gmail.com, sachsmeck@comcast.net

Jean Silver-Isenstadt, Vice-Chair

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