Beth Jacob Rabbinic Search Committee

May 2018

We would like to announce the Search Committee, which was approved by the Board. The chairs of the Search Committee will be Ricka Kohnstamm and Rosanne Zaidenweber. Rosanne is a past president who is intimately familiar with the workings of the shul, and Ricka was the chair of the T’fillah Team, and is experienced in facilitating committees making difficult decisions, with an emphasis on kavod and respect. The Search Committee members are: Stuart Bear, Laura Broder, Arielle Ehrlich, Laurie Fink, Benj Kamm, Barbie Levine, Ryan Lohr, Mickey Minsberg, Marvin Pertzik, Tamar Resnick, Randi Roth, & Nina Samuels. We believe that this entire committee is comprised of people who can speak to our values of who we are and where we want to go in a way that is compelling and full of kavod, are representative of our past and our future, and that each member brings specific skills and wisdom.

Thank you.
Rachel Hertel & Laura Honan, Co-Presidents


June 2018

We have been extremely fortunate, as the Beth Jacob community, to have been guided by Rabbi Morris Allen, our wise and visionary senior rabbi, for over 30 years. Rabbi Allen and Phyllis Gorin have built a strong foundation that has provided us with a place to learn, a place to grow spiritually, a place to live our social justice beliefs, a place to educate our children, and a place to connect with beloved community.

And, after 32 years, they deserve to take a breath and to explore what else life has to offer. We congratulate them on the birth of their first grandchild, as well as their daughter Adina’s engagement. And we wish Rabbi Allen well as he starts his sabbatical and sets out on the first steps of his new journey.

This means, of course, that it is time for our senior rabbinic search to begin. We’re excited to report that the Search Committee had its first working meeting Wednesday evening, May 30. We couldn’t ask for a stronger, more energized committee; all 14 members bring great skill and dedication to the table and are committed to representing the entire shul community throughout the search process.

We’ll be meeting once a month as a full committee, and many times as smaller working groups, focused on specific tasks, which will then be brought back to the full committee.

Our committee objective is to hire a great fit senior rabbi for our shul by July 1, 2019. There is a lot of work that precedes that, of course, and we’ve included a timeline overview so that you can see what we’ll be doing and by when.

We will keep you updated as we go, and feel free to reach out with questions and concerns.

B’Shalom,
Co-Chairs Rosanne Zaidenweber and Ricka Kohnstamm