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Temple Beth Ora’s  

Rabbinic Transition 

Frequently Asked Questions


 Q:  When will Rabbi Harari complete her time with Temple Beth Ora? What is planned to collectively thank and bid her farewell?

  • Rabbi Harari will be here until at least mid-June. Her final date will be influenced by whether she is starting a new position on July 1.
  • We are planning a farewell for Rabbi Harari to coincide with our Shabbat service on Friday, June 14. Anyone who would like to help with the planning is invited to please contact Steve Friedenthal at tboffice@shaw.ca.

Q:  Have we started looking for a new Rabbi? Are we seeking a new full-time, resident Rabbi right away?

  • We see the upcoming year as a year of transition. Our Rabbinic Services Committee formed in November 2012 and we put out a posting in late January 2013.
  • We are starting by hiring a High Holy Day Rabbi for September 2013. As we review the resumes, we are also considering if the candidate might be a fit as a visiting Rabbi for our congregation.
  • In the immediate term, we are looking to balance our needs and wants with our resources, considering options that include a visiting Rabbi, a resident part-time Rabbi, and an opportunity to learn from Rabbis who bring different kinds of backgrounds and experiences.

Q: Where did we advertise our position?

  • We posted our opening with the Union for Reform Judaism, the Reconstructionist Movement, Jewish Renewal, and the Academy for Jewish Religion.
  • We remain a Reform congregation and a member of the Union for Reform Judaism, regardless of whether the person received their training within or beyond Hebrew Union College. We are seeking a Rabbi who is a good match for our congregation!

Q. Have we received a lot of resumes? Have we started interviewing? Who is involved in the interviews?

  • We have! To date, we have received about 20 resumes. Several are individuals specifically seeking a position with a congregation moving through transition.
  • Thus far, we have interviewed three candidates by telephone. Dan, Francie, Debby, Ann, and Maita have been involved in one or more of the interviews. More interviews are planned.

Q. How do the congregational dialogues connect with this process?

  • We are using the congregational dialogues to shape our direction as Temple Beth Ora, and to provide guidance on the choice of a suitable Rabbi and the design of our space.
  • The next dialogue is on Sunday, March 17, from 10 until 1 pm, at Temple Beth Ora. If you have not already RSVPed, please let Ann Goldblatt know at ajg@interbaun.com if you plan to take part.

Q. Who will lead services during the summer and between visits from Rabbis?

  • The Ritual Committee is in the midst of lining up service leaders from our congregation.
  • Ritual and Education are working on transition planning for the major aspects of synagogue life.

Thank you for your support, input and trust as we move forward in this process!


Francie Nobleman, Ann Goldblatt, Dan Barer, and Debby Waldman, on behalf of the Rabbinic Services Committee