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The Rabbinic Search Committee is conducting Congregational Conversations, a series of facilitated discussions to articulate and explore our hopes and aspirations for rabbinic leadership.
We conducted three Congregational Conversation in May. Several dozen congregants exchanged ideas and visions of temple leadership, in discussions that were thoughtful, uplifting and enjoyable.
Future planned sessions are:
*Sunday, June 23, at 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon, general audience.
*Monday, August 26, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. , for Temple youth. A casual dinner will be included!
We hope that every congregant will attend one – or more! — of these Congregational Conversations. The Rabbinic Search Committee also welcomes input from the congregation in whatever form congregants wish, including e-mail to our dedicated mailbox (TJBoard8@gmail.com), or one-on-one discussion with any of us.
The Rabbinic Search Committee members are:
Caroline Heck Miller, 786-942-3188, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellen Barocas, email@example.com
Frank Cauce, 516-279-0366, firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Demar, 305-252-7430
Sheila Freed, Sheila@SFreed.com
David Gershman, 305-467-6959, DGershman@trivest.com
Eddie Ginsburg, 305-238-6090, EddieG@aol.com
Julie Lambert, 305-668-5195, email@example.com
Zach Osofsky, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Rosenthal, 305-205-9944, email@example.com
Jan Yelen Sasso, 305-989-1049, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jayne Siegel, 305 613 5107, email@example.com
Ted Weiss, 305-607-9466, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jocelyn Woolworth, 305-582-9493, email@example.com
Please consider attending a Congregational Conversation. So that we may better accommodate you, please RSVP to 305 667-5657, or by e-mail to TJBoard8@gmail.com
The Transition Committee is itself transitioning. Following consultation with President Gary Berman, the Board of Trustees and incoming Interim Rabbi Knobel, we are now the Rabbinic Search Committee. With input from congregants, lay leaders and senior staff, our committee members were selected based on and expanding from the membership of the Transition Committee. The members of the Rabbinic Search Committee are Caroline Heck Miller (Chair); Ellen Barocas; Frank Cauce; Steve Demar; Sheila Freed; David Gershman; Eddie Ginsburg; Julie Lambert; Zach Osofsky; Stephen Rosenthal; Jan Yelen Sasso; Jayne Siegel; Ted Weiss; and Jocelyn Woolworth.
The mission of the Rabbinic Search Committee is to seek out and recommend to the Board of Trustees the very best rabbinic leadership to take Temple Judea forward. To do this, we as a temple need to articulate and follow our vision of what we want the temple to be, and where we want our clergy to lead us.
Accordingly, the Rabbinic Search Committee will host a series of facilitated Congregational Conversations to explore and discuss our hopes and aspirations for rabbinic leadership. We hope that all congregants will attend at least one of the sessions, and more if they wish.
Three sessions are scheduled so far, open to all congregants; two of the three sessions will focus on particular areas of interest:
- Sunday, May 5, focusing on interests of religious-school families; 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. (followed immediately by Rabbi Goldberg’s book-signing for Saying No and Letting Go: Jewish Wisdom on Making Room for What Matters Most)
- Thursday, May 16, focusing on interests of preschool families; 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
- Wednesday, May 22, general Temple-wide focus; 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Please plan to attend one or more of these sessions. All will be held at Temple Judea. This is the forum for conversation among the congregation, and with the Rabbinic Search Committee, to guide us in the process. If you cannot attend one of these sessions, there will be more during the summer months.
Besides these Congregational Conversations, the Rabbinic Search Committee also invites congregants to communicate with the committee by whatever means is most comfortable. The Committee has a dedicated e-mail to receive and respond to questions and comments from the congregation: TJBoard8@gmail.com . Also, please feel free to e-mail, correspond with or call any members of the committee to discuss your thoughts, hopes and questions. Telephone numbers are in the temple membership directory. You may also reach Chair Caroline Heck Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please RSVP if you will be attending one of the three sessions listed here, to help us plan for seating, etc. To RSVP, call Temple Judea at 305-667-5657 or e-mail.
The Transition Committee is overjoyed to announce the decision of the Board of Trustees to engage Rabbi Peter S. Knobel as Temple Judea’s Intentional Interim Rabbi, to serve one year beginning July 2013. We will have the honor and privilege of bringing to our synagogue one of the most highly respected rabbis, spiritual leaders and teachers in the Reform rabbinate today, with a distinguished career of congregational leadership, scholarship and organizational prominence.
Rabbi Knobel currently serves as Interim Senior Rabbi at Temple Sholom in Chicago, and previously was the Rabbi for the Beth Emet synagogue in Evanston, IL for 30 years. He is past president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, as well as of the Chicago Board of Rabbis. In addition to writing articles on a wide range of topics, Rabbi Knobel chaired the Editorial Committee for Mishkan T’Filah, the new Reform Siddur (prayer book).
Rabbi Knobel received his Ph.D. and Masters in Philosophy from Yale University and was ordained and received a Masters in Hebrew Literature from Hebrew Union College. He earned his B.A. from Hamilton College. A teacher throughout his career, Rabbi Knobel has been an educator at his congregations as well as at the Spertus Institute, Connecticut College, HUC-JIR, Yale University, and the Universities of Connecticut and New Haven.
Beyond these stellar credentials, Rabbi Knobel brings an abundance of personal warmth, spirituality and wisdom to our congregation. We eagerly look forward to meeting him and his wife, Elaine, and to having his guidance, in partnership with Rabbi Siegal, throughout the exciting year ahead.
Caroline Heck Miller, Chair, Transition Committee
Temple Judea’s application for an Intentional Interim Rabbi (IIR) has been completed, and posted with the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). The next step will be the submission to the Transition Committee of resumes by candidates who wish to be considered for the one-year position from July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014.
The following letter co-authored by Rabbi Goldberg and Rabbi Siegal was mailed to the congregation, further discussing and endorsing the IIR process.
Dear Valued Members of Temple Judea:
The last few weeks have been filled with messages of change, transition, and new realities. Much has been going on at 5500 Granada Blvd to organize and mobilize in preparation for the need to fill the rabbinic position that will be open come July 1, 2013. As your current rabbinic leaders, we want you all to know that the leadership of Temple Judea, both emerging and current, are taking the necessary steps to address our needs in a timely and thoughtful manner.
Here are some things we wanted you to know: The Temple Judea Board of Trustees voted on Wednesday, January 16th, per the strong recommendation of both of us, to engage an Intentional Interim Rabbi for the 2013-2014 year. This provides the congregation the necessary support of two full time rabbis to fulfill the full and robust year of b’nai mitzvah, weddings, and other important clergy demands. In addition to the usual rabbinical duties, the Intentional Interim Rabbi is a very specific position that you can read more about in the attached article. Due to the high demands our thriving congregation requires, we believe this is the most helpful and productive way to manage through this year of transition.
Serving as the rabbis of Temple Judea over the past 7 years together has been a completely collaborative venture. As Temple Judea is navigating its path into the coming years and into its next phase of the journey, we want you to be assured that we both are encouraged and supportive of the decisions and direction we see the leadership taking at this time.
Please see Gary Berman’s article in your Tidings for more information about the Intentional Interim Rabbi and see the temple’s webpage at judeagables.org for up-to-date information about the Rabbinic Transition. The Transition Committee, headed by Caroline Heck Miller, will also be letting you know of the many ways that you can get involved and share your perspective on the best ways for our temple community to move forward in strength.
Both of us are here for you. We look forward to helping this community grow in strength and vitality. Temple Judea is and will continue to be a very special community, and we are honored to serve as your rabbis.
Note: The second article found at this link below explains about the IIR process.
Rabbi Edwin C. Goldberg
Rabbi Judith L. Siegal
The Transition Committee is steering Temple Judea through the process of selecting, first, an Intentional Interim Rabbi to serve the congregation July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014, and, next, a senior rabbi to fill Rabbi Goldberg’s position. The Transition Committee is headed by Caroline Heck Miller. Committee members are Ellen Barocas, Frank Cauce, Steven Demar, Sheila Freed, Edwin Ginsburg, Julie Lambert, Stephen Rosenthal and Ted Weiss. The Committee has begun meeting and is preparing the Temple’s application to the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) seeking an Intentional Interim Rabbi. The committee welcomes input and questions from the congregation. Feel free to contact Caroline Heck Miller, or any of the committee members at: TJBoard8@gmail.com.
by Gary Berman, President
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “The only thing that is constant is change.” Nearly 2,500 years later, his words remain relevant.
During the past 65 years, Temple Judea has experienced many changes, growing from a few visionary families–meeting in homes or at Hillel–to a vibrant, caring, wonderful community of more than 630 families worshiping, learning and giving back to our community in a beautiful synagogue.
We have grown from strength to strength thanks to our devoted clergy, staff, lay-leaders and congregants, and we have proven time and again that we’re stronger together than we are individually.
As you know, beginning in July, Rabbi Goldberg will be continuing his spiritual journey at Temple Sholom, a venerable congregation in Chicago. Temple Judea has been blessed with his love, wisdom and vision for the past 17 years. We all share a sense of loss about his decision, while at the same time we want the best for Rabbi Goldberg and his family. These feelings are normal and if any of you would like to reach out to me, or other Temple Judea Board of Trustees. I encourage you to do so to discuss your feelings or ask any questions. On behalf of the entire congregation, we wish Rabbi Goldberg, Melanie, Joey and Benjy good health, spiritual fulfillment and all of the blessings that life has to offer. We will miss them tremendously.
Rabbi Judith Siegal, whom we have been blessed to have at Temple Judea for seven years, will continue to provide Temple Judea with her spiritual leadership. She will continue to lead us in prayer and life cycle events, teach our students and adult learners, provide spiritual counsel, assist in our “Building on Tradition” campaign and help us continue to grow as a warm and welcoming congregation. We are very happy that she, Brian and their family will continue to be a part of our journey and will be very involved in the selection of a new rabbi.
The Temple Judea lay leadership will undergo a thoughtful and thorough process of figuring out what we want for our future. We will be sharing information on our website, and we look forward to opportunities to hear your thoughts during the selection process and in many other forums on a recurring basis to ensure that thoughts, feelings and questions are incorporated into the selection process.
“Intentional Interim Rabbi”
The Temple Judea Board of Trustees has voted to engage an “Intentional Interim Rabbi” for the coming year (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014). The Intentional Interim Rabbi program of the CCAR (Central Conference of American Rabbis) embodies a “best practice” recommended by the Union of Reform Judaism in transitioning to selection of a new congregational rabbi. An intentional interim rabbi is a rabbi specially trained in helping congregations deal with transition. The intentional interim rabbi serves during the transition period and is deliberately — that is, intentionally — someone who will not seek the permanent rabbi position.
Following are four of the most frequently asked questions regarding this approach:
Q. What is an intentional interim rabbi?
A. A rabbi with a defined and short-term contract of one year (July 1st to June 30th). The rabbi is sometimes referred to as a “transitional rabbi” or a “rabbi between rabbis.” They are specially trained and educated.
Q. When should a congregation consider an intentional interim rabbi?
A. After the retirement or departure of a long-term beloved rabbi.
Q. What does an intentional interim rabbi do?
A. Handles day-to-day, traditional rabbinic functions along with our present clergy and allows a congregation time for thoughtful, intentional work, enabling success for the permanent rabbi and future of our congregation.
Q. Will the intentional interim rabbi become our permanent rabbi?
A. No. It would be unfair to other candidates (including Rabbi Siegal), if the intentional interim rabbi would have the inside track and would keep other qualified candidates from applying.
We are blessed that during the past 65 years, Temple Judea has grown and thrived. I’m confident that our community will continue to move from strength to strength.
Jewish Journal, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Jan. 4, 2013
The recent shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT has been on the mind of South Florida Jews. Temple Judea in Coral Gables hosted an interfaith service in memory of the victims — “Comfort & Hope,” that included both Jewish and Christian leaders. During the service, the leaders read from Psalm, sang “Whose Children These, Who Laid to Rest,” and read the names of the victims out loud in a Jewish Mourner’s Kaddish.
Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/13/3000512/south-florida-cantors-get-ready.html#storylink=cpy