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Rabbi Search Application Submitted to Union for Reform Judaism

In preparation for Rabbi Aileen's retirement, the Rabbi Search Committee has completed the Synagogue's Application for a new Rabbi. The Application describes the congregation, including our values, hopes, and expectations for our new Rabbi. It will be the first substantive source of information candidates will see about us when considering whether to apply for our open position.

The Application was prepared using feedback from congregants gathered during 10 parlor meetings held in October. During these meetings, approximately 100 mem-bers participated in conversations about who we are as a Synagogue and what we would like to see in our new Rabbi.

The sentiments gathered at the various parlor meetings were very consistent. We are a Reform Jewish Congregation, but a diverse congregation. Our Jewish members come largely from Reform and Conservative backgrounds; however, we do have a small portion of members from Orthodox and secular backgrounds. Approximately 70% of our families are interfaith families. Members wish to be inspired and guided on their Jewish journeys. At the same time, our lay leadership plays an active role working with the Rabbi to set religious practices, synagogue culture, and priorities.

In December, the Board of Directors approved the draft Application, and the Rabbi Search Committee submitted the Application to the Union for Reform Judaism ("URJ"). The URJ will work with the Hebrew Union College and the Central Conference for American Rabbis to post our Application so that it can be reviewed by prospective Rabbi candidates looking to serve a Reform congregation.

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05/06/2014 - 6:30pm

All are welcome to join us for dinner, drinks and friendship!

06/03/2014 - 6:30pm

All are welcome to join us for dinner, drinks and friendship!

06/08/2014 - 10:00am

Please mark your calendars for Sunday, June 8th.  The congregation is having an indoor work party to clean the synagogue. Just bring yourselves and the kids.  We will have plenty for everyone to do and have a lot of fun doing it.  We also plan to have lots of food on hand for breakfast and lunch, so no one will go hungry.

07/01/2014 - 6:30pm

All are welcome to join us for dinner, drinks and friendship!