October 23, 2013

Dear Temple Judea Congregants:

It is with great joy, pride and enthusiasm that I report to you that, yesterday, the Temple Judea Board of Trustees unanimously selected Rabbi Judith Siegal as the senior rabbi of Temple Judea, after the recommendation of the Rabbinic Search Committee.

Led by Caroline Heck Miller, the Rabbinic Search Committee’s unanimous recommendation followed a national search for the position and a detailed application form as prescribed by the Central Conference of American Rabbis. The Search Committee diligently conducted thorough outreach to the congregation for its views, aspirations and hopes for a senior rabbi. In group ‘congregational conversations’, and in many more one-on-one meetings and communications, they heard congregants’ strong hope for a rabbi capable of bringing them a sense of personal belonging, warmth and relationship to the temple. 

Based on this, the Search Committee and Board of Trustees have concluded and feel very strongly that Rabbi Siegal is the best person to fill this position and to inspire and lead our congregation.  Echoing this sentiment, Rabbi Knobel praised Rabbi Siegel for her intelligence, vision, integrity and caring attitude.  In addition to being learned and skilled in the pastoral duties of a rabbi, she has a personal spirituality and warmth that has made her the object of well-deserved love and reverence from our congregation for the past seven years.

Please note that Rabbi Peter Knobel will continue to serve as Interim Rabbi until Senior Rabbi Elect Judith Siegel begins her new position as Senior Rabbi on July 1, 2014. 

I would like to personally thank Caroline Heck Miller and the entire Rabbinic Search Committee for their capable leadership, dedication and exhaustive efforts over the last eight months for selecting an Interim Intentional Rabbi and now a Senior Rabbi.

The Board of Trustees and I continue to make the extra effort on your behalf. 
As always, I welcome your comments and can be reached at: ilsaair@me.com.

Yours sincerely,

Barry Allen Schwartz