Dear Temple Emanuel Family,
Thank you to everyone who has reached out about our upcoming rabbi search. It’s been great to hear from so many people interested in participating in the process.
I want to take this opportunity to update you on our progress so far.
We have finalized our Search Committee. The committee represents our diverse congregation from young families and seniors to long-time congregants and new members. We will begin meeting next week to learn about the formal search process and begin our sacred work.
- Michael Waxman, Committee Chair
- Jamie Barmach
- Arnold Bedak
- Cory Dillon
- Sarah Felix
- Mara Funke
- Chuck Gealer
- Bill Hylen
- Susan Karesky
- Courtney Kleinebreil
- Jennifer LeGrand
- Sandee McClelland
- Melissa Medvin
- Barry Shapiro
- Thea Weiss
- Cindy Weschrob
Our application will soon be submitted to the CCAR (Central Conference of American Rabbis.) This application starts the official recruiting process. CCAR provides significant resources to guide our search including committee training, handbooks and rabbi resumes.
We are creating three additional committees to support the search committee’s work. These committees are integral to the process. They include:
- Congregational Survey / Focus Groups: This committee will hold a number of written and on-line forums with members to gather your thoughts on the characteristics important for our new rabbi. Your feedback will help us select a rabbi who best fits our congregation. In the next few months, we will reach out to every member and I strongly encourage you to participate.
- Farewell Committee: This committee will plan events so we can properly thank and celebrate Rabbi Dean.
- Welcome Committee: Following our new rabbi’s commencement next June, this committee will plan a number of welcome and meet & greet events.
As you can see, we are moving forward in the search process. I promise to keep you informed along the way. I hope you will be able to participate in providing feedback as your input is vital to our work.
Please contact me if you have any questions. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I thank you for your support.
President, Board of Trustees
Temple Emanuel of Tempe