Q: I heard something about candidate visits, what is that about?

A: The Search Committee has been conducting video interviews with applicants, and based on those conversations, we invited two candidates to town for mid-week in-person interviews with the Search Committee and the congregational President and Presidents elect. These mid-week interviews are an opportunity for the continued screening and evaluation of candidates that the Search Committee is curious to know more about.

Q: When will I get to meet candidates?

A: At this time we continue to respect the candidates’ needs for confidentiality, and as such, will not be releasing any additional information about their backgrounds. Based on the ongoing mid-week interviews, the Search Committee will make recommendations regarding which, if any, of the candidates should be invited for the next step in the process – a Shabbat visit to Beth Jacob. At that point the Congregation will have numerous opportunities to meet, interact with, get to know, and provide feedback about the candidate(s).

Q: Are we still receiving applications?

A: Yes! Our job continues to be posted with the RA, and we are evaluating any additional applicants as they apply.

Q: What is the objective of the search committee?

A: To hire the best-fit senior rabbi for Beth Jacob by July 1, 2020.


Q: Who is on the search committee?

A: We are a committee that was chosen to be representative of the diversity of the full shul community. Ricka Kohnstamm and Rosanne Zaidenweber are the co-chairs. The members are Stuart Bear, Laura Broder, Arielle, Ehrilich, Laurie Fink, Benj Kamm, Barbie Levine, Ryan Lohr, Mickey Minsberg, Marvin Pertzik, Tamar Resnick, Randi Roth, Nina Samuels. Please feel free to reach out to any of us!


Q: How often does the search committee meet?

A: The search committee started meeting regularly at the end of September 2019. The whole committee meets every two weeks. There are several subcommittees that meet more often. In addition to meeting every other week, the search committee will schedule special meetings for Skype interviews with applicants once they are submitted.


Q: When did you post the R.A. application?

A: October 30, 2019


Q: What is the R.A. application?

A: The R.A. application is a series of questions that include topics like congregation’s values, qualities we are seeking in a rabbi, areas of opportunity, demographics, and leadership structure. The R.A. application is posted to the R.A. website and serves as the job posting for the position.


Q: Where is the application posted?

A: On the R.A. website, which only members of the R.A. can access.


Q: Where can I see a copy of the R.A. application?

A: We are very proud of our application because of what it says about our community! Soon, you will be able to see a copy on the transition bulletin board in the shul lobby and here on our website.


Q: How many applications does a shul of our size receive on average?

A: 6-8


Q: How many subcommittees are there?

A: We have several and create new ones as needed. To date we have had subcommittees for the R.A. application, pool development, communication, and process.


Q: What kind of pool development is the search committee doing?

A: There is a subcommittee devoted to pool development. We are currently having conversations with people, including rabbis, heads of Jewish organizations, and other active members of the Jewish world, locally, nationally, and internationally. If you know rabbis for us to consider, please contact Arielle Ehrlich. Also, feel free to point potential candidates to the R.A. Website.


Q: What applications materials did you request?

A: Through the R.A. we requested a resume and cover letter from all applicants. Once a Rabbi applies, we are requesting additional materials, including a d’var Torah, eulogy, and answers to philosophical and background questions.


Q: Where are we now?

A: We should start receiving applications soon, and expect that we will continue accepting applications until the end of December.


Q: What happens next?

A: We are updating the questions and format for the video interviews so that we are ready once qualified candidates apply.


Q: How do I stay up-to-date with the search committee?

A: To stay up-to-date, please check this page on this website, watch your Kol Yaakov, check the bulletin board in the front hall regularly, and keep an eye on the service sheet. And if you have questions, feel free to talk to members of the search committee. We are a committed, hard-working and actively engaged group of people who will be happy to share what we can about this incredibly important process.