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Welcome to Rabbi Search 2019! 

For our Rabbi Search, our hope is to keep you – current and potential members – informed about our progress through this year-long process.

Thank you to the 68 members who responded to our congregation survey!  Perhaps the most important finding is that we know who we are and what we want!   (This is not always the case).   Our synagogue is strong, proud, confident, diverse, and steeped in learning to bring all Jews together and closer to our religious sources.

The next step has arrived!  The finalists are coming!  Meet the Rabbis!  They will be joining us the weekends of:

March 1-3
March 8-10
March 15-17

Don't miss this opportunity to meet and greet our rabbinical finalists and learn from these scholars at the same time.  Let's make them feel at home, as we always do!  We look forward to your feedback, because one of them will hopefully be joining the Ner Tamid family. You may see the upcoming visit schedule and bios for all three candidates.

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Let us answer a few basic questions:

  • Why are we doing a rabbi search? After 11 years, our previous rabbi took a new position for a variety of personal and professional reasons. We appreciate all he did through his Ner Tamid tenure and wished him the best as he moved on to his next professional step.
  • What are we doing in the interim? We are blessed to have found Cantor Caitlin Bromberg, San Diego native recently returned, to lead us during this year. Cantor Bromberg is our interim spiritual leader, and you are welcome to contact her for any reason you would have previously contacted the rabbi. Her depth of knowledge and passion for Judaism are inspiring. We encourage you to get to know her.
  • How long does this take? We anticipate making an offer to a candidate in the spring (March/April) with the next rabbi starting July 2019.
  • How do you hire a rabbi? Through the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) and associated Rabbinical Assembly (RA). There is a very structured process that all affiliated Conservative synagogues are required to participate in or request a waiver. Likewise, Conservative rabbis affiliated with the RA must apply to jobs only through this process or request a waiver. You can learn more about this process and timeline here [link].
  • Didn’t we disaffiliate from USCJ? We dis-affiliated about 5 years ago based on financial reasons. To access the best candidate pool, we have decided to re-affiliate and use the Conservative movement’s standard process. 
  • What do I do if I have more questions? Anyone on the Search Committee or the Ner Tamid Board of Trustees would be happy to answer your questions or address any concerns.

Next, let’s talk about how you can participate in this process. We think it’s critical to the success of our rabbi search that you – yes, you! – play an active role. There are 4 key ways for you to participate:

1)  The initial action all members can take is to fill out the survey.  (COMPLETE)

2)  You can also participate in focus groups. (COMPLETE)

3)  Once the search committee interviews candidates and narrows the candidate pool to finalists, we will have weekend visits. (DETAILS HERE)

These weekend visits will be like those we did with the interim spiritual leader search. These visits will provide multiple opportunities to interact with the candidates – services, events, and Q&A.

4)  After each visit, we will send a feedback survey. (LOOK FOR THESE AFTER EVERY CANDIDATE'S VISIT!)

We want to know your perspective on the candidate! The search committee will review all survey results before making their recommendation to the Board.

We invite you to read through this information and check back at least monthly for updates. We hope to see you often through this process and look forward to planning the future of Ner Tamid with you!

Ner Tamid Rabbi Search Committee Ner Tamid Board of Trustees

Mon, March 25 2019 18 Adar II 5779