Who hires the new rabbi?
As directed in our By-laws, the RSC will recommend a candidate to the Board of Directors. Upon the Board’s approval of the candidate, they will then put out a vote to the congregation. With a 70% congregational approval, the Board will offer the position to the next CKS Rabbi.
What is the process for selecting the next rabbi?
The RSC’s work involves identifying and representing the needs, wants and interests of the congregation. Based on what we learn, we will participate in a formal search process. It is most likely that we will be reviewing resumes and conducting interviews with a diverse set of rabbis in December 2018 and January 2019. We will then invite finalists to come to CKS sometime in February, where each will be invited to conduct Shabbat services and meet with the congregation.
The leading candidate will be invited to return with their family (if applicable) for an additional weekend. Prior to April 2019, we will recommend that the Board extend an offer to the candidate. Following Board approval, the congregation will vote and we can extend a formal offer to the candidate.
How can the congregants provide input into the search process?
In order for this process to be successful and representative of the many interests of our congregants, we not only want, but we need your participation! To this end, we are sending out a survey in July, which we hope each of you will complete, as this will be an important guide in directing us. We will then analyze the results and share them with you.
We are also holding congregational meetings so we can all hear from each other, and discuss, question and consider together. The topic will be the same at all three meetings; the design is that each person attends one meeting so that we can hear from every member. The RSC will reach out to congregants who cannot attend and gather their input.
We believe that coming together as a community and talking about what we each value in the next rabbi and the future of CKS, will be an incredibly powerful experience that will benefit our entire congregation in the years to come.
What is the timeline for the search?
Our work has already begun. Below is a general outline of a typical search, but please understand that these dates are subject to change as new developments arise in the process.
- Ongoing: Provide congregants with the current status of search process via email and conversation.
- July 2018: Survey congregation, hold congregational meetings
- November 2018 – January 2019: Search committee receives and reviews rabbi applications, conducts telephone and/or Skype interviews
- January – March 2019: Rabbinic finalists invited to CKS for a weekend to lead services and meet congregation
- March 2019: Final candidate, and family (if applicable), visits CKS for a weekend
- March – April 2019: Search committee forwards hiring recommendations to the Board, which will call for a congregational vote. Offer is extended
- July 2019: CKS welcomes the next rabbi.
What are we looking for in the next rabbi?
The RSC will use the wealth of information gathered in our survey and congregational meetings to identify the specific qualifications that will best meet our congregation’s needs. As we move forward in the search process, the RSC invites your continued input to supplement this information. We will look for a rabbi who will best support our present needs, and who we believe has the potential to build on this wonderful foundation to take on the challenges and excitement of 21st century Judaism in North Kitsap and beyond. We believe this involves an approach that is a balance of tradition and creative, engaging Jewish practice and ideas. While we recognize that no one rabbi will be “perfect” for every individual, we are confident we will find a rabbi who will be right for us as a community.
Will the congregation have a chance to meet the candidates before a final decision is made?
Definitely! When the final candidates visit CKS, there will be many opportunities to meet and interact with them.
Update from the Rabbinic Search Committee
Congregational Mailing from July 27, 2018
Thank you to everyone who provided valuable feedback by participating in one of the three congregational meetings, completed the rabbinic search survey, and through other forms of communication. The congregational meetings were frank, lively and positive discussions of our feelings about CKS, our goals and challenges going forward and the qualities we seek in our next rabbi. Many common themes emerged and it became obvious that our commonalities outweigh our differences. The survey response exceeded expectations. We received 88 completed surveys providing detailed information about the needs, values and wishes of the CKS community. If anyone would like to review the detailed survey results, please let us know and a link will be provided.
The Rabbinic Search Committee will now use the wealth of information received to compile a job description that accurately reflects the values, ideals and unique characteristics of CKS, to attract the best candidates to apply for the position. We have now completed the information gathering phase and have entered the active search phase of this process.