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Blog  - Feedback from the 1st Town Hall Meeting (10/19/17) 

12/12/2017 08:54:36 AM

Dec12

During the 1st Town Hall meeting, the Clergy Search Communications Committee passed out notecards to 50+ members in attendance and received 16 responses back.  Feedback from TI members included positive reflections they would want potential Cantor/Rabbi candidates to know, such as:
 
- There is great opportunity at TI to engage and inspire a very diverse congregation.
- Congregants welcome change and look forward to what our new clergy will bring.
 
The top 5 items of feedback from members who attended the meeting were:
 
(16) responses for Cantor:
(6) Desire greater engagement of young people/kids
(4) Have questions about a candidate's personal leadership skills and style
(4) Have questions about engaging such a diverse congregation (balancing elder versus youth needs, differing Hebrew levels, diverse backgrounds, natives vs. newcomers, etc.)
(3) Have questions about personal musical tastes (tunes for teffilot, favorite musical selections, etc.)
(3) Acknowledge the need to balance long-held Temple traditions with a desire for change 
(3) Have questions about the role of music/cantor in Jewish ritual
 
(16) responses for Rabbi:
(7) Have questions about engaging such a diverse congregation (balancing elder versus youth needs, differing Hebrew levels, diverse backgrounds, natives vs. newcomers, etc.)
(7) Desire greater engagement of young people/kids
(4) Have questions about candidate's leadership style/working with other TI leaders
(3) Have questions about personal reasons for wanting job (Why Charlotte? Why TI? Long-term goals?  Passions?)
(3) Desire a strong emphasis on Jewish education and greater involvement at TIRS
 
We look forward to hearing more at our next Town Hall Meeting!

Blog - Cantor Job Description (12/03/17)

12/03/2017 12:13:02 PM

Dec3

Please see the attached Cantor job description that was submitted to the Cantors Assembly (CA). Please forward this to anyone who may be interested in the position. It is important to note that all applicants have to apply to the CA.

 

JEREMY LIPTON

Director of Placement & Human Resources, Cantors Assembly
(210)410-7003
jeremylipton@cantors.org

 

Thanks!

 

click here to download job description.

 

November 13, 2017 Town Hall is  cancelled.

11/08/2017 09:49:40 AM

Nov8

The November 13, 2017 Town Hall is cancelled. There is not a substantial update at this time and there is a Panther's home game!  

See everyone at our next scheduled meeting on Monday, December 11, 7:45pm – 9:00pm for a very informative Town Hall!

Blog - Feedback From Sisterhood Meeting (10/09/17) 

10/26/2017 07:23:24 PM

Oct26

During October's Sisterhood meeting, the Clergy Search Communications Committee passed out notecards to 25+ members in attendance and received 15 responses back.  Feedback from Sisterhood members included positive reflections they would want potential Cantor/Rabbi candidates to know, such as:
  • TI enjoys singing/music.
  • TI is a warm, welcoming, tight-knit, involved, family community.
The top 5 items of feedback from Sisterhood members included:
 
(15) responses for Cantor:
  • (6)  Have questions about teaching ability (kids and adults, teaching new tunes, etc.)  
  • (5)  Have questions about personal reasons for wanting job (Why Charlotte?  Why TI? Long-term goals?  Passions?)
  • (4)  Have questions about working with the TI Choir
  • (3)  Have questions about how he/she would engage such a diverse congregation (balancing elder versus youth needs, different Hebrew levels, diverse backgrounds)
  • (3)  Have questions about personal musical tastes (preferences for Teffilot tunes, favorite musical selections)
 
(15) responses for Rabbi:
  • (5)  Have questions about engaging such a diverse congregation (balancing elder versus youth needs, differing Hebrew levels, diverse backgrounds)
  • (4)  Have questions about personal reasons for wanting job (Why Charlotte? Why TI? Long-term goals?  Passions?)
  • (4)  Would like the candidate to know that we are a Conservative shul, but open to change
  • (3)  Desire greater engagement of young people/kids
  • (3)  Desire a candidate who is familiar/comfortable with elder congregants and their needs
 
Thank you to our Sisterhood Members for providing such helpful feedback for our Clergy Search!
 
 

Blog - Feedback from Temple Israel Religious School (TIRS) Parents (9/10/17)

10/26/2017 05:47:25 PM

Oct26

In addition to the congregation-wide survey, the Clergy Search Communications Committee is gathering additional qualitative data from as many TI members as possible to help guide the Search Committee. This data will be anonymously collected during TI meetings by asking members to write responses to two questions onto notecards:

1) What is the most important thing that you would want the new Cantor/Rabbi to know about TI?

2) What question would you like to ask the Cantor/Rabbi candidates?

Notecards will be anonymously collected, then categorized and reviewed to gain greater congregant insight into priorities for our upcoming Cantor and Rabbi searches.

On the first day of TIRS, the Clergy Search Communications Committee passed out notecards to 200+ religious school parents during Opening Session. The Committee received 30 responses for the Cantor search and 34 responses for the Rabbi search. Feedback for both positions included feedback of what is great about TI. These are attractive points for potential clergy to recognize our synagogue as a great place to work and make a difference:

  • We have a warm, welcoming, tight-knit, involved, strong, family-oriented, community atmosphere.
  • We have a very diverse membership base (children, seniors, young adults, young families, interfaith families, converts, new members, etc.).
  • We have many families/children who want to be more engaged in Shabbat services and programs and desire energetic, child-friendly clergy leadership.
  • We desire a strong Jewish education for our children and well-prepared B'nai Mitzvah students.

As we enter into this search, the following (Top 5) points are on TIRS parents' minds:

CANTOR (30 responses)

  • (17) Desire a cantor's strong engagement of families/kids during Shabbat services (strong pulpit personality, musical ability, energetic and consistent tunes, inclusion of children/young adults during services)
  • (10) Have questions about a cantor's ability to engage such a diverse congregation (elder versus youth needs, differing Hebrew levels, diverse backgrounds)
  • (9) Desire a cantor who feels comfortable and enjoys working with children
  • (7) Have questions about the involvement of a new cantor at TIRS (desire greater involvement)
  • (6) Have questions about Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation (desire greater involvement and more-prepared kids)

RABBI (34 responses)

  • (15) Desire increased engagement of families/children of all ages at services and programs
  • (15) Believe it will be very important to not only engage diverse groups of people, but create cohesion among them (children, seniors, young adults, young families, interfaith families, converts, new members, etc.)
  • (8) Desire a Rabbi who connects with and energizes children
  • (4) Desire a Rabbi who will bring energy/revitalize congregation (charisma, pulpit style, spirituality)
  • (4) Have questions about Shabbat services (Pulpit style, sermons, inclusion of young families/kids)

This feedback is incredibly important to the Search Committee and we look forward to engaging many more groups of people over the next few months!

 

Blog -  Town Hall Meeting (10/19/17)

10/23/2017 02:27:27 PM

Oct23

CLERGY SEARCH presentation
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Clergy Search Survey - Final Reports
Click here

Blog : CLERGY SEARCH

10/04/2017 09:36:54 AM

Oct4

What an incredible summer!   After months of hard work (and dust), the Temple Israel renovation is wrapping up and the building looks amazing!  As one major project comes to a close, a new one begins.  But, unlike the building makeover, this one requires the assistance of more congregants and in a different way.

As you probably already know, both Rabbi Ezring and Cantor Roochvarg will be retiring in the next two years, the Cantor in 2018 and the Rabbi in 2019.  These two members of our Clergy team have served our congregation for decades and with their departure will come significant change.

As we cherish their remaining time on the bimah, we also begin to take steps towards Temple Israel’s next chapter.  The process of searching for a new Senior Rabbi and Cantor has begun and we are blessed to have tremendous talent within our membership during this important time in the life of our congregation. 

Please be a part of the discussion! 

Clergy Search- Congregational Meeting Updates @ Temple Israel

  • Thursday, October 19  (7:45pm-9pm)

  • Monday, November 13  (6:15-7:30pm)

  • Monday, December 11  (7:45-9pm)  

  • Sunday, January 7  (10:45am – 12pm)

  • Sunday, February 11  (10:45am – 12pm)

 

 

 

Thu, December 14 2017 26 Kislev 5778