RABBINICAL SEARCH UPDATES
This page will be regularly updated with information about the search for our new rabbi.
August 23, 2023
Hello and welcome to our Search Process Blog! Here is where members can come to find out what's new and happening with our search for Beth Adam's next Rabbi Chief Executive. Keep an eye out on the weekly email blasts from our Executive Director, Melissa Weiss, to let you know when something new has been posted here!
Well, we've made a LOT of progress over the past few months. I'm very excited to announce that our job announcement went live this past week. You can find the job brochure we developed in this "For Candidates" section of the website. We love how it turned out and hope you do, too. We're promoting the job on various platforms and are working with a couple organizations whom we believe may have really high quality candidates who may be interested in a congregation like ours. The Rabbinic Search Committee (RSC) plans to complete first round Zoom interviews by the end of October/early November, complete second round Zoom interviews by end of November, and hope to invite 3 candidates for in-person interviews over the first 3 weekends in December. Please earmark Sunday adult education in your calendars to meet/interact with our candidates those first 3 Sundays in December! We need your involvement!
If we are successful in hiring a new RCE in early 2024, that person will begin their tenure with us on July 1, 2024. This will mean that Rabbi Barr's role will begin to change at that time, and he will step back from various duties allowing the new RCE to take on that role. We are still talking through those details, and many will not be finalized until we have a new RCE selected so that person can be part of that conversation as well. Rabbi Barr has been very clear with the Board and the RSC that his primary goal is the successful transition to a new RCE to ensure a bright future for the congregation, and that he will do whatever is needed to support that. If we do not select someone in early 2024, then Rabbi Barr will remain RCE until his official retirement on June 30, 2025. He will have a Rabbi Emeritus role upon his retirement, but, again, the details of how this will be defined are still under discussion.
We are planning a special adult education on October 1st where we will talk more in depth about where we are and what's coming up as well as respond to any questions you may have. And, of course, you are always welcome to email your questions to rabbinicalsearchcommittee@
bethadam.org. Thanks for your support of this effort!