FAQs for Interim Rabbi Search

Interim Rabbi Search

Frequently Asked Question

 

  • Why are we conducting a search for an Interim Rabbi?

Rabbi Weber will be retiring at the end of June 2020. The Board of Directors (Board) has requested that a  search be conducted for an Interim Rabbi to lead TRT through this transition for a period of 1-year.

 

  • What is the benefit of having an Interim Rabbi for our Congregation?

Interim Rabbi allows the congregation time to adjust to having a new spiritual and congregational leader. The transition period will allow the congregation to reflect on our vision for the future of TRT and establish our search criteria to ensure the Rabbi we ultimately select will be the best possible fit for our community.

 

  • Who selects the Interim Rabbi?

The Rabbi Search Committee (Committee) selects the Interim Rabbi candidate to be recommended to the Board.  Upon the approval of the candidate, the Board will schedule a Congregational Meeting where the Congregation will make the final decision.

 

  • What is the process for selecting a new rabbi?

The Search Committee has been appointed and works on behalf of the congregation to select a candidate who best represents the needs and desires of the Congregation.  They prepare the application, review resumes and conduct interviews. Once a candidate is selected, the Search Committee makes a recommendation to the Board.

As a member of the Union for Reform Judaism (“URJ”), we are required to participate in a search process governed by the Rabbinical

Placement Commission of the CCAR. The CCAR provides the application form for our Interim Rabbi search and posts the application to its online database of congregations searching for rabbis. Our application is prepared by the Search Committee to provide information about our Congregation’s shared values, philosophy, history, future goals, community, and staff. Before the application is sent to the CCAR it must be approved by the Temple Board.

 

  • Will I be able to share my thoughts about the search process or other ideas I have with the Search Committee?

Yes. Please use the this link for any thoughts you’d like to share. It will be sent to the Search Committee.

 

  • Why are we posting only with the Central Conference of American Rabbis?

 Our Congregation is a Reform congregation and is formally affiliated with the Reform movement. The Reform seminary, the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, specifically serves the needs and concerns of Reform Jews. The CCAR is the placement organization for HUC rabbis.