Senior Rabbi Search


The objective of this search committee is to hire a new senior rabbi who will begin in the summer of 2019, when Rabbi Wise becomes Rabbi Emeritus. This committee is made up of a diverse group of congregants including representatives from many of the synagogue committees and affinity groups. Committee meetings began last May.
The Rabbi Search Committee wants to keep you informed as we move through this journey.  We’d like to share what we’ve done already, and how we see the timeline progressing.

What we have done so far:

 Conducted congregational focus groups to collect feedback regarding future rabbi “must haves”
Synthesized data from focus groups and past surveys to develop criteria for new senior rabbi
Completed and posted the Senior Rabbi job description to the Rabbinical Assembly’s website, the appropriate venue to advertise rabbinical positions for our movement
  Developed comprehensive and in depth interview questions based on search criteria
  Conducted several phone interviews and Skype interviews
  Invited three candidates for weekday interviews and allowed time for candidates to interact with congregants

  Will continue to review resumes and offer interviews if warranted

What is coming up:

Shabbat Visit with Rabbi Smolkin from Feb. 15 - 18

Meet Rabbi Smolkin when he comes back to Adath Israel Congregation. Join him at Friday evening services, Saturday morning services, Saturday Mincha/Maariv services with a teaching during Seudah Shelishit, and/or Sunday morning minyan. Click here for his photo and bio.


  We hope to hire and announce a new Senior Rabbi*

*Although the committee is charged with hiring a new senior rabbi, we will only hire if we find the right match for our congregation. If we haven't found the rabbi, then we have a contingency plan. More details to come if necessary.

Debbie Lempert, Chairperson
Joel Kling, Vice Chair

Senior Rabbi Search Committee

 Chairperson: Debbie Lempert

Craig Coleman
Evelyn Fisher
Ed Frankel
Beth Guttman
Carly Hueber
Zelda Jacobs
Aaron Kaplan
Joel Kling
Beth Kotzin 
Josh Lisman
Evelyn Margolin
Sue Pressman
Pilar Samuel
Cara Shapiro
Anita Schneider
Bob Sugerman
Sherri Symson
John Stillpass - President