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As we begin the new year, Temple B’nai Torah has some important and holy work ahead of us. The No. 1 priority this year is finding our new rabbi. I’m sending this letter – the first of many communications – to update you on the search process.
I’m happy to report the search committee has been chosen and is beginning its critical work to find our next spiritual leader.
It is a committee whose members are currently or in the past have filled many different roles at the temple. The board is thankful they are willing to devote their time and expertise to this important work.
Here are the committee members:
Past President Elliot Paull, member of the URJ’s North American Board, and chair of the Camp Kalsman Commission, has agreed to chair the committee.
Current temple board member Amy McGinnis regularly attends Saturday morning services and enjoys Torah study. She will facilitate communication between the search committee and the board.
B’nai Torah Youth (BTY) and North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY)-NW leader Bryce Harnick will add the youth perspective.
Carole Jevons represents religious school families. She also serves on the Sisterhood board.
Carol Schuster is a past Sisterhood president, is a member of the temple choir and is involved in regional Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) work.
Dick Stein is very involved in TBT’s social action committee and represents our Seattle members.
Joe Dover is a regular service attendee and has served in many leadership roles at TBT, including teaching in our religious school.
Jayne Carlin was the long-time leader of Adult Learning.
Robin Negrin is a leader of our Mitzvah Corps, is a big supporter of the temple’s early learning program and is involved in many development activities.
This is not only a diverse and inclusive committee of temple members, it is also a group of people who can learn from our past search experiences but will take a fresh approach since they were not involved in the other rabbi searches.
Thank you to the dozens of other congregants who stepped forward to offer to help and to say, “Hineni: Here I am.” The board was thrilled with the outpouring of offers to serve. Whether or not you are on the committee, we all have a role to play in the search for our new rabbi. It is up to every member of the congregation to make their voice heard about what they are looking for in a new spiritual leader.
If you were unable to attend any of the congregational information sessions, please send your email comments to Joe Dover, jdover10@hotmail.com, and Amy McGinnis,mcginnisar@msn.com. They are co-chairing the listening project and will add your comments to the feedback they hear at the community forums.
The results of the listening project will be combined with what our community learned during the 2020 Long-Range Planning process a few years ago.
Meanwhile, if you know of any temple members who cannot read updates from the congregation via email, please ask them to call the office and we will send them a copy of the emails in a printed form.
We look forward to hearing from you and keeping you up-to-date as we work toward hiring our new rabbi!