Educator Search Committee
Update March 7, 2016
Thanks to all of you who met and interacted with the two Rabbi/Educator candidates who have visited so far, Rabbi Daniel Reiser (our most recent candidate) and Rabbi Daniel Utley (our first candidate). Your hard work and dedication to Beth David is truly appreciated.
As the co-chairs of the search committee, Rachel Mauceri and Jason Newman would love to hear any feedback about the candidates. Please forward any feedback to Rachel or Jason (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) by Sunday, March 13 at 4 pm. It will be compiled and reviewed by the entire search committee.
Our third and possibly final Rabbi/Educator candidate, Rabbi Toba Schaller, will be visiting this weekend, March 13. We invite all adults in the community to meet Rabbi Schaller on Sunday morning, for a meet and greet over coffee and bagels from 9:30 - 10:00 am, followed by adult learning from 10:00 - 10:30 am. Some of our Religious School students and madrichim will also have the opportunity to meet her during the school day on Sunday.
Again, we truly appreciate your input, and look forward to hearing from you.
Rachel Mauceri and Jason Newman
Update - February 26
Things are heating up in our Rabbi/ Educator search! We have already interviewed one candidate, Daniel Utley, and are about to interview two or three more over the next several weeks.
It was wonderful to see so many of you come out to meet with Rabbi Utley. We hope to see even more for the next applicants. Please mark your calendars and plan to meet our candidates on the following dates:
Tuesday, March 1st- Rabbi Daniel Reiser will be interviewing. There will be an opportunity to meet him during 2 separate events
Tuesday March 8- Possible candidate meet and greet in the evening (similar to March 1st)
Sunday, March 13– Rabbi Toba Schaller will be visiting. There will be an opportunity to meet her on this day. Details to follow.
Anyone who has children in the religious school may also hear that a visitor came to their classroom. We hope you’ll solicit and share your child’s impressions!
A formal email will go out soliciting feedback from all congregants who have met with the applicants. However, feel free to email Jason Newman or Rachel Mauceri any time with questions or comments about the Rabbi/Educator search.
We truly appreciate your willingness to be involved in this important process. We hope you are as excited as we are about the future of edu-cation at Beth David!
Rachel Mauceri and Jason Newman
Update - February 12
The Rabbi/Educator Search Committee Co-Chairs along with Rabbi Kalisch spent several days last week meeting with soon-to-be graduates of the Hebrew Union College (HUC) who are interested in our Rabbi/Educator position. We saw many impressive students with excellent qualifications and over the next six weeks three of them will be visiting Beth David.
The first of these visits will take place on Tuesday February 16th! We apologize for the late notice but HUC has strict visitation guidelines and as always it's difficult to coordinate everyone's schedules. We will do our best to provide more advance notice of future visits.
The candidate visiting us next week is Rabbi Daniel Utley. Rabbi Utley has earned a Masters in Jewish Educational Leadership along with his rabbinic degree and comes to us highly recommended.
The opportunities to meet Rabbi Utley will be on Tuesday evening:
• There will be an informal Open House question and answer session from 6:00-6:45pm. If you're picking up or dropping off your child please stop by.
We hope that many of you will take advantage of this opportunity to meet Rabbi Utley and share your feedback with the Rabbi/Educator Search Committee.
During his visit Rabbi Utley will also meet our synagogue president, professional staff, clergy, and students in the Religious School. In addition, the Search Committee will conduct thorough diligence on each candidate.
Update - February 2016
Although the Educator Search committee was only appointed last month, we have already been hard at work. We know how important our committee’s mission is for the congregation, and we have putting a lot of energy into considering what kind of educator or rabbi-educator would best be able to help us build a vision for the future of Jewish education at Beth David, inspire our children, and engage our families deeply into Jewish life. Our committee, as you can see below, includes both new and longtime members of the congregation; parents, faculty, and students in the Religious School; parents of young children and parents of teenagers.
To date, we have received more than 15 applications. Since many rabbis are passionate about education, our applicant pool includes some educators who are also ordained as rabbis, and who would serve as a second rabbi to the congregation in addition to their role as educator. We have already been interviewing some candidates by Skype, and the committee chairs and Rabbi Kalisch will be traveling to New York City in early February to interview graduating rabbinical students who have applied for the position at HUC-JIR’s on-campus interviews. We hope to invite finalist candidates to Beth David for two-day visits in February and early March. We will notify the congregation when we schedule those visits, and we hope that many of you will come to meet the candidates and give us feedback.
Please feel free to be in touch with the committee chairs, Jason and Rachel (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org), or other committee members, with any questions, comments, or concerns, or if you would like to contribute to the process in any way. Thank you!