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 hmfamily@bellsouth.net .

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.