Dear Temple members,

Earlier this year the Temple Board of Trustees voted not to renew the Rabbi’s contract. With the current contract expiring at the end of June 2021, it is time for us to begin our search for a new rabbi.

I have appointed a Rabbinic Search Committee that is composed of a cross-section of our Temple membership. The Committee will be chaired by Dick Kirsner and members of the committee are Wendy Beckerman, Laura Belin, Judy Deutch, Dana Dickson, Stacie Franklin, Jeff Greenberg, Rachele Hjelmaas, Josh Mandelbaum, Steve Schoenebaum and myself.

The committee will be committed to being open and transparent about the group’s work, keeping Temple B’nai Jeshurun congregants up to date on search efforts and creating opportunities for congregants to share input and get involved.

The first step in the search process will be to conduct a Temple-wide survey so that our congregants can communicate their ideas about the characteristics they are looking for in a new Rabbi. In addition, we want your input as to where we are as a congregation…not only at this moment, but also in what direction we see ourselves moving in the future.

The Rabbinic Search Committee’s responsibility is to find candidates that speak to as many of our needs and preferences as possible and bring us closer to our goals.

We invite you to take every opportunity to share your questions, suggestions, and advice with the Committee by:

  • A dedicated and confidential email address has been established to which you can email a statement. That address is: Your comments will be shared within the committee. If you ask for anonymity, your request will be respected.
  • Written statements can also be sent to or dropped off at the Temple Office; Please place “Rabbi Search” on the outside of the envelope and it will be given to the Chair.


Bill Grund