Senior Rabbi Transition | Congregation Beth Am

Senior Rabbi Transition

Please Complete the Survey to Provide Input on Priorities for Our Next Senior Rabbi

As Bruce Ives has reminded us, we have been truly blessed these past two decades with Rabbi Marder’s spiritual and intellectual leadership.  With her planned retirement in June 2020 approaching, we have begun to plan the transition to our next Senior Rabbi.

Beth Am’s Rabbinic Transition Committee has already conducted research on how best to make this transition a successful one. We have spoken with experts from the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, with congregations that have recently been through a rabbinic transition, with past presidents and those involved in Beth Am’s previous transitions, with our clergy, Board, program and administrative teams. We have also learned about Reform congregations and non-congregational Jewish organizations who have creative visions for the future.

For the next stage of our rabbinic transition, we need your input into Beth Am’s vision for the next 5-10 years and what is most important in our next Senior Rabbi. These insights will be critically important in informing the Senior Rabbi search; we want the perspectives, passions and wisdom of our community! Your input can take multiple forms: send us your thoughts on the transition section of the Beth Am website or to; complete the survey distributed to all congregants by March 31; and/or attend one of the input conversation sessions we have named ICARTs – Input Conversations Around Rabbinic Transition. The schedule below will be updated as we add additional Input Conversations. The preliminary dates and times are:

Friday, February 22 5:00 PM, Before our Shabbat Service Beit Kehillah
Friday, February 22 7:30 PM, After our Shabbat Service Beit Kehillah
Saturday, March 2 7:45 AM, Before Torah Study Room Aleph
Sunday, March 3 9:15 AM, During Sunday Program Beit Kehillah
Wednesday, March 6 8:30 PM, Videoconference via Zoom
(click to join at 7:30 PM on March 6)
Tuesday, March 12 1:00 PM, After BAW/BAM Hot Topics Lunch Social Hall
Sunday, March 17 12:00 PM, Sunday Afternoon Library
Sunday, March 17 3:00 PM, Sunday afternoon and
videoconference via Zoom
(click to join at 3:00 PM on March 17)
Library and

We look forward to all of your thoughts, suggestions and recommendations.

-- Alona Scott and Mike Kaplan, co-chairs of the Rabbinic Transition Committee

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