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Rabbinic Search Update

November 30

The recently expanded Search Committee has been working very hard since the High Holy Day update. After hearing from many members through numerous focus groups and other discussions, along with clergy, staff and the board, we have completed an extensive 41 page questionnaire (think SAT’s for a congregation!) that is required by the Rabbinical Assembly to serve as both a job description and job posting for our Assistant/Associate Rabbi position.

There were more requests to join, than slots available for the committee, but we believe that the committee represents our diverse Beth El family and brings together the range of skills required to search for and hire a new rabbi. The committee includes those who are both extensively involved in the synagogue and those whom we hope the new rabbi will be able to reach and engage.

We are ready to post the position and hope to get some immediate interest. The committee will receive applications, review candidates, interview individuals and arrange visits (most likely) in the spring with candidates who appear to be good fits for our shul. Scheduling and coordinating these visits so that the entire congregation has an opportunity to meet the candidates is a key element of the search process. We look forward to your assistance, attendance and feedback during this time!


Todah Rabah to the Rabbinic Search Committee:

Adrienne Berman; Co-chair
Jerry Ribnick; Co-chair
Robyn Awend
Dina Blumenfield
Marty Chester
Jim Cohen
Emma Dunn
Sally Forbes Friedman
Susie Kaufman
Gary Krupp
Brad Ingber
Tyler Rendleman
Gail Rosenblum
Elly Sternberg
Alan Yousha

Ex Officio
Rabbi Alexander Davis
Cantor Ben Tisser
Matt Walzer
Liz Rappaport


September 4, 2021

Beth El is in the process of searching for an Assistant Rabbi to work with Rabbi Davis as a spiritual leader for our synagogue.

Early in the summer, we held congregational listening sessions where individuals shared their insights and hopes. Future phases include crafting a job description, creating a Rabbinic Search Committee, interviewing candidates, hosting candidates for Shabbat and hiring. It is a long process and we hope to have a new Rabbi by July 2022.

As the process unfolds, the Committee will provide regular updates in the Kesher, on the Beth El website and via Beth El’s social media platforms to keep the congregation fully informed and to solicit additional assistance as needed.


Would you like to participate?

Beth El’s congregants are diverse and we are looking for a wide-range of people to help either as full members of the search committee or by contributing their expertise and assistance as needed, especially in the following areas:

Interviewing Candidates
Logistics and Visit Coordination
HR Experience

If you are interested in being involved in this special task please email the committee co-chairs Adrienne Berman and Jerry Ribnick at

Shana Tova u’Metuka,
Adrienne Berman Jerry Ribnick


November 30
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Beth El Synagogue
5225 Barry Street West
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416 United States


Beth El Synagogue (Organizer)