Rabbi Search Committee
Why a Search Committee
After nearly 50 years of dedicated service to Beth Sholom, Rabbi Kosman will assume emeritus status Jan. 1, 2010. The president of the board of trustees, Gayle Bromberg, appointed a committee to search for, interview and recommend rabbinical candidates, which the board and the congregation must then approve as outlined by the bylaws.
A diverse and dedicated group of congregants comprise the search committee. The members represent a wide range of interests, yet the group is small enough to work effectively and efficiently on behalf of the congregation.
As we move forward, the committee's process and progress will be communicated through the monthly Bulletin and on this Web page. Please feel free to contact the committee chair with questions or concerns:Ilene Liszka, chair
This section will summarize the progress and decisions made by the search committee.
July 9: At the first search committee meeting, three sub-groups were identified; one will write a job description, another will create interview questions and a third will research Web sites and print media in which to advertise the position. The committee's goal is to begin advertising the position by Aug. 7.
July 16: A proposed job description was presented to committee members, who discussed and agreed upon several changes. The job description should be ready by early next week for posting on Beth Sholom's Web site. A separate e-mail address will be created to which the applicants can submit résumés. It was decided to advertise the position in several Jewish newspapers, on a Jewish online job site and with one or two transdenominational yeshivas.
Read the job description.
August 6: The job description has been posted on Beth Sholom's Web site. We also submitted the job description to two transdenominational yeshivas and to two recruiting Web sites. The committee considered all 20 applications received so far and decided to interview six of the candidates. Phone interviews will be completed by the end of August. Committee members reviewed the interview questions and no changes were made to what had been agreed upon the previous week. We began to discuss hospitality and schedule for the weekends the candidates will visit.
August 27: All additional candidates who submitted résumés during the last three weeks were considered and one additional candidate was selected to interview. All seven first-round interviews have now been completed. Three candidates were selected, and all three have agreed to a short second-round interview, which will take place by September 10. The committee further refined the extended weekend schedule for the finalists' October visits.
September 3: The committe held second-round interviews with three candidates and invited two for extended weekends in mid-October. Opportunities to meet the finalists and their families will occur throughout each weekend at services, Shabbat dinners and Kiddush luncheons, classes for adults and children and a Saturday evening dessert social. Before Rosh Hashanah, congregants will be sent a letter detailing the search, a schedule for each weekend, a reservation form for the weekend events and bios on the two finalists. We encourage each congregant to take advantage of this opportunity to meet the candidates and their families and engage them in meanful conversations. Please save October 16-18 and 23-25!
October 28: Many congregants attended services and events during the visiting rabbi weekends. The search committee met with the board of trustees to get their feedback. Search committee members will hold focus groups November 1 to get feedback from congregants.
November 10: The search committee recommended Rabbi Singerman to the board of trustees. Following a statement outlining the search committee's rationale for selecting Rabbi Singerman as the congregation's next rabbi, the search committee listened to comments from the board and from congregants. The board then voted to accept the search committee's recommendation. The next step in the process will require approval by the general membership at a special congregation meeting, which will be held December 8.
December 8: The congregation voted overwhelmingly to accept the Board of Trustees' recommendation to hire Rabbi Singerman to succeed Rabbi Kosman. The executive committee will begin to work with Rabbi Singerman to prepare for his arrival early in 2010.