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Rabbinic Search Process

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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