Rabbi Search Committee, Update on Progress

We are thrilled to share that our Rabbinical Assembly questionnaire is officially LIVE!!! Again, we cannot thank you enough for your participation in our survey and focus groups which informed our document! We were told by our liaison at the USCJ that our submission was exemplary. In fact, she said she will be using it as a template for congregations involved in next year’s searches. These were her words:

“It is a joy to read. It shows that you know who you are, you’re proud of who you are, you understand your history and your challenges, and you know where you want to go. It’s also clear that love your rabbi and that he is leaving on a high note.”

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Rabbi Search Committee, Update on Progress



Shalom Chevrei,

We wanted to share an update on “What We Did on Our Summer Vacation.”

190 of you participated in our community wide survey, representing over 60% of our members. Another 90+ of you took part in one of our 13 focus groups held in person or via zoom, and the input has been tremendous. We think it is interesting to look at some of the statistics of the participation of those focus groups:

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Rabbi Search Committee, Recent Meeting Minutes


The Committee has been very busy this July with the logistics of gathering input from as many congregants as possible to best inform our search for Shomrei’s next Rabbi. We are so grateful to those of you who participated in the survey – and the focus groups are next! Please sign up here to ensure your individual voice is heard! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0845adad2ba75-rabbi.

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Meetings of the Shomrei Rabbi Search Committee
(most recent first)

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Rabbi Search Committee, Meeting Minutes


Meetings of the Shomrei Rabbi Search Committee

July 12, 2021

  • Discussion of the Shomrei Community Survey Distribution
    • Please fill out the survey sent to you by email or in ShomreiWeek.
  • Discussion of Community Focus Groups Logistics
  • Beginning Discussion of the extensive Rabbinical Assembly (“RA”) Questionnaire
    • The main topic this week focused on the wonderful things in our community that we would like to remain the same under new rabbinical leadership.


July 5, 2021

  • Discussion of the Shomrei Community Survey and the importance of maximizing community feedback.
    • Feedback from all members of the community makes this process better, and we encourage all members of the community to use whichever channel they’d like (direct contact with individual committee members, focus groups, survey) to share their thoughts
    • To increase access, committee discussed:
      • Mailing printed versions of materials (survey, summary of process) to community members that do not use email;
      • Asking Shomrei staff to encourage members to speak to committee members; and
      • Having committee members participate in upcoming Shomrei services and events and make announcements about Committee process and our desire for feedback.
    • Discussion of Community Focus Group Logistics
      • No more than 10 people no less than three
      • Mix of in member homes, at Shomrei and via Zoom
      • Offering a variety of dates/times to maximize accessibility
      • Five facilitators doing three groups each with one note taker and one host


Announcing a Change to the Rabbi Search Committee


Shomrei president Miriam Haimes announced this change in an email to the congregation on Wednesday July 7:

Dear Shomrei Community

Art Schuman recently informed us that due to some unforeseen commitments, he is unable to dedicate the time needed to continue to serve on the Rabbi Search Committee.  We appreciate his contributions so far and know that we can depend on Art for input as the search continues.  As I mentioned in my initial announcement, it is important that the Search Committee “broadly reflects our membership, spanning diverse interests, needs, religious practice, age, family status and gender.” Based on this, we wanted to fill the opening with someone who could represent the same generation as Art, and I am thrilled to announce that Barbara Gollob has agreed to join the search committee.  Please join me in welcoming Barbara, a long time Shomrei member, to the Rabbi Search Committee.  Please read on for her bio. Continue reading

Rabbi Search Timeline


Dear Shomrei Family,

The Rabbi Search Committee is honored to help serve our community during this transition, and we are striving for a productive, efficient, and transparent process where all voices are welcomed and heard. To that end, we would like to provide an update of what we’ve accomplished thus far. Please check this page for bi-weekly updates on our progress. Above you will see a graphic of our estimated timeline of milestone events in our search for our new Rabbi. Below you will find a brief overview of the substance of each of our weekly committee meetings.

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Shomrei’s Search for a New Rabbi is Underway


Shomrei president Miriam Haimes announced the formation of a search committee with this letter to the congregation on Monday:

Since we learned of Rabbi Greenstein’s intention to retire next July, I have used the time to absorb the impact of his announcement and to think carefully about the search for our next spiritual leader. In the process, I reviewed the guidance of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the Rabbinical Assembly and recruited a Search Committee that broadly reflects our membership, spanning diverse interests, needs, religious practice, age, family status and gender.  For the last 12 years, we have been blessed with a leader who values learning, compassion and inclusion and our search will be influenced by those values and those of the Conservative movement.

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