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Rabbinic Search Process

Rabbinic Search Update
As of November 1, 2017

Dear CBI Family,
The Rabbinic Search Committee has been hard at work preparing for our upcoming transition.  Our “Congregation Application” is now available to Rabbinic candidates and Congregation B’nai Israel has received several inquiries thus far.  As this process moves quickly, our interview subcommittee has already reached out and conducted pre-screening phone interviews of each of the candidates.  As we continue to receive more resumes, those candidates will likewise be interviewed by phone to gauge their suitability for us based on earlier congregational research.
In the coming weeks, our full search committee will come together to complete virtual Skype interviews with the most suitable candidates.  Following successful virtual interviews, we will follow with an invitation for the applicant(s) to visit us Side by Side at CBI.  Should this be the case, we will select an upcoming weekend and will send out a “Save the Date” to meet and greet a prospective Rabbi!
Stay Informed: Visit the Rabbinic Search Committee website for updates as we embark on this exciting adventure together. Have questions? Email me.
Susan Marger LeVine,
Communication Chair, Rabbinic Search Committee

Rabbinic Search Update
As of August, 2017

The search process begins just after the high holidays in mid-October with site visits starting around late November 2017.

Seeking a Rabbi with these skills…
Research from Focus Groups, survey and staff interviews identified the rabbi skill-set we most value:

  • Pastor
  • Spiritual Leader
  • Educator
  • Kehilla Leader
  • Religious Motivator
  • Worship Leader
  • Community Representative
  • Visionary

Congregational Vote:
CBI By-laws state: the pulpit shall be occupied by an ordained Conservative rabbi in accordance with the rules of the Joint Commission on Rabbinic Placement of the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Rabbinical Assembly “RA” and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism “USCJ”.  Selection of the new rabbi and entering a contract both require a vote of the congregation upon recommendation of the Board of Trustees.

Meet the Rabbis:
Shabbat visits may take place on Shabbat weekends, starting around late November 2017.  Applicants will post resumes after the High Holidays and will be interviewed by phone with some candidates asked for a Skype interview, followed by results being reviewed by full selection committee to select the few to invite for Shabbat weekend visits.

Prior to the weekend visits, resumes of visiting candidates will be available to congregants through a password protected link on this website as well as providing a place for you to share comments and feedback.  These on-site visits are two-way interviews; not only is it important for us to meet the rabbi but also for the rabbi and his/her family to feel comfortable in our Kehilla!

Rabbinic Search Committee:
Reva Pearlstein, Chair
Eric Ludin and Morry Bornstein, Vice Chairs
Dean Hershkowitz, CBI President
Sandy Brasch
Stephanie Adelson
Margot Benstock
Leslie Weiss
Phil Redisch, of blessed memory
Marilyn Benjamin
Ruth Mauer
Eddie Ginsburg
Eve Epstein
Michael Wallace
Susan LeVine
Anita Helfand
Ricki Lewis, Sisterhood Rep
Alan Gross, Mens Club Rep

Sub Committees
Information Technology: Stephanie Adelson
Interview Questions: Leslie Weiss as chair, Rachel Wein, Karen Sher, Eric Ludin
Contract Committee:  Eve Epstein as chair
Weekend Visits: Margot Benstock and Ruth Mauer as co-chairs
Vetting Candidates: Eric Ludin as chair, other members TBA
Demographics for Application: Sandy Brasch
Communications with committee: Morry Bornstein
Communications with congregation: Susan LeVine
other sub committees to be formed

Please contact Susan LeVine, doc2roc@aol.com or 727-432-0663 for questions on the search process.

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