President's Message - February 2013 Print

Dear Members of CBI,


This month you Board of Trustees was very busy and took several actions that affect the entire Congregation.

First, I want to bring you up to date on plans to search for a rabbi to serve Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) following Rabbi Roseman’s recently announced retirement.  At the January meeting of the CBI Board of Trustees the Board authorized the President to 1) appoint a Rabbinic Search Committee of no more than 8 people representative of the congregation, 2) prepare and submit an application to the appropriate URJ office to advertise for the position of Associate Successor Rabbi to begin on or about June 1, 2013, and 3) to prepare and send a letter to the congregation informing them of the process and timeline for filling the position.  The letter was sent to the congregation soon after and the Rabbinic Search Committee was formed and met. The first hour of the meeting discussed the procedures we would use while the second hour was a conference call with Rabbi Allen Henkin the Director of Placement for the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Rabbi Henkin expressed 2 major concerns: first, the congregation had not gone through a thorough “study” to determine what personal and rabbinic characteristics would best serve our congregation.  Congregations that go through such a process are most successful in selecting their Rabbis. Second, most congregations seeking a rabbi beginning the summer of 2013 have already hired or are near the hiring stage. This means that although we may still select an outstanding Rabbi,  the pool to select from is greatly diminished.  After further discussion the Rabbinic Search Committee felt it was in the best interest of the congregation to take the rest of the year in conducting our Strategic Planning Initiative and to resume the rabbinic search by June 2013 with the new rabbi expected on the pulpit by  June 2014. This approach appears to be in the best interest of the congregation and maximizes our chances of finding a rabbi that will best meet our identified needs.

Second, as some of you may have noticed the fountain at Seaside Cemetery memorializing Doris Grossman Simon has been removed. The Board recognized the need for an appropriate replacement memorial. In order to facilitate this task the Board of Trustees adopted the following resolution:

It is the Board of Trustees’ commitment to create a memorial for Doris Grossman Simon that will properly commemorate her memory and be an enhancement to the Jewish section of Seaside Cemetery which she dedicated so much time, effort and love in maintaining. The Cemetery Committee working with family members will have the responsibility of expediting this task.

The Board of Trustees also approved a set of guidelines for donations of property or money to purchase specific objects. Although the Guide provides specific tasks and responsibilities the general guidelines are as follows:

1. All Objects or property donated to CBI become the sole property of CBI.

2. It is the responsibility of CBI to maintain all donated objects.

3. All changes or destruction of donated items are the sole responsibility of CBI.

However, if the donated items are to be destroyed or modified a good faith effort should be made to notify and solicit family reactions. Such reactions should be included in any action taken.

We will publish the actual guideline in a forthcoming newsletter and it will be posted online.

Last but not least you will receive information in February regarding the CBI Strategic Planning Process. I look forward to your participation in the process since we will setting the course for CBI over the next 10 years or so, Your opinion counts!


   Shalom,
        Jim Gold