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RABBI CHANA LESLIE GLAZER TO BECOME RABBI OF ADAT REYIM ON JULY 1!

We are excited to announce that we have a signed ratified contract with Rabbi Chana Leslie Glazer who will become our spiritual leader on July 1!

 

Rabbi Glazer brings many gifts as she leads us into the future. Her strengths make her an excellent fit for our diverse congregation, embodying the values members said they are seeking. Congregants overwhelmingly found her compassionate, engaging and inclusive.

 

Rabbi Glazer is a lifelong learner with extensive knowledge of Judaism, along with diverse life experiences, making her an inspirational teacher for our youth and learners of all ages. She is deeply committed to Jewish inclusion and Jewish pluralism, excelling in building community, values that are important to our congregants. She is knowledgeable and experienced in leading ritual with tradition, purpose and meaning. Read her full bio below.

 

As we make this transition, we want to acknowledge the committed leadership of Rabbi Bruce Aft for nearly 30 years. Rabbi Aft was the first full-time rabbi of our then-fledgling congregation, guiding us in so many ways during our seminal years. He has been the face of our congregation both internally and in the community, leading services, educational programs and community events. And he has shared many significant personal moments with us from baby namings, B’nai Mitzvah and weddings, to hospital visits and funerals. We have contacted him to share good news and to help us through difficult times. During his years with Adat Reyim, Sue has been by his side, instrumental in founding our preschool and a beloved educator for our students and others. How often we see her at services with a member’s child in her lap! We wish Rabbi Aft well on his retirement as he becomes Rabbi Emeritus – he and Sue deserve the best as they enter their next chapter.

 

Bio for Rabbi Chana Leslie Glazer:

Rabbi Chana Leslie Glazer is a pluralistic Jewish spiritual leader and educator of all ages. She comes to Adat Reyim from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, where she serves as the campus rabbi, Hillel advisor and director of Jewish Life.

While at Bucknell, Rabbi Glazer has revitalized Jewish Life on campus, achieving significant gains in visibility, attendance and involvement of students, staff and faculty with Jewish community. Specific accomplishments include:

- Building three Jewish student leadership programs and successfully recruiting students to serve in each program.

- Creating a Jewish Faculty & Staff Interest Group to support students and expand community on campus.

- Launching three Jewish student engagement programs in collaboration with Hillel International - involving travel to Israel, Jewish learning and building Jewish social connections, respectively.

- Proposing and supporting a successful fundraising drive with Bucknell Jewish alumni to acquire a second Torah scroll.

- Collaborating with students to launch a sustainability program at Bucknell’s Jewish program house, the Berelson Center for Jewish Life.

- Establishing and maintaining a certified Kosher kitchen at the Berelson Center.

- Winning the President’s Staff Award for Diversity and Inclusion two times, for her work across interfaith and intersectional lines on campus.

Rabbi Glazer is deeply committed to Jewish pluralism and inclusion, having worked, lived or studied with many denominations of Judaism - including the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where she received her ordination, earning multiple honors and awards. Rabbi Glazer served as the spiritual leader of Congregation Am Haskalah of the Lehigh Valley, PA (Reconstructionist); Beth Sholom Synagogue of Memphis, TN (Conservative); and Beth Israel Synagogue of Roanoke, VA (Conservative). She also spent a year as a student chaplain in the Abramson Center for Jewish Life of North Wales, PA, a senior living residence – which was invaluable experience in working with Jewish elders.

Prior to that, Rabbi Glazer spent more than a decade working as a journalist, foreign correspondent and editorial manager, most of which was served covering Latin America and the Caribbean. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University.

Rabbi Glazer speaks five languages and loves learning. She enjoys art and culture of many kinds, current events, travel, spiritual practices including prayer, yoga and meditation, as well as getting outdoors and playing with her rescue dog, Nina Mina.

She is very excited to meet the Adat Reyim community!

~RABBI SEARCH PROCESS~

We received over 35 applications and conducted extensive interviews, as well as reviewing written and video materials.  We have checked numerous references.  The Search Committee was excited to welcome our top three candidates for weekend visits.

We appreciate the engagement of the congregation in the many events held during each rabbi candidate visit.  The committee carefully weighed the information from the surveys submitted after the candidate visits and considered every comment. This data was considered along with the information from resumes, materials submitted, extensive interviews and references.   

At a congregational meeting on Sunday, March 15, the congregation approved the decision of the Board to hire Rabbi Chana Leslie Glazer. 

JOB DESCRIPTION  for Rabbi 

We're in the news! Washington Jewish Week highlights our process:  
Adat Reyim Searches for 'Compassionate, Approachable, Open-Minded Rabbi'

Our congregation was recognized for the exemplary methods and efforts related to our Rabbi Search process. Members of our Rabbi Search Committee were interviewed regarding the thoughtful and thorough process we have established including:

Research and Outreach:
* To congregations nationwide who have recently gone through the process of hiring a rabbi
* To a vast network of rabbis
* To seminary placement offices

Introspection/Community Input:
* Extensive survey
* Forums
* Guest rabbi visits
* Congregational meetings
* Identification of shared values for the congregation and characteristics of next rabbi

Selection Process:
* Developed a job description based on shared values
* Posted job description on multiple sites, including seminaries placements and on rabbi listservs
* Developed interview questions based on shared values

* Conducting three rounds of interviews, including congregational visit for top candidates
* Utilizing metric based on shared values to analyze candidates and determine best fit fo our congregation

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Community Letter January 2019
Letter from Rabbi Aft
Letter from Synagogue President Bruce Kaplan

CONGREGATIONAL INPUT 

We heard you - Over the course of four months, more than 100 members gave thoughtful responses to our survey; nearly 250 members provided insights at our 16 focus groups; and some 75 members provided reactions to three  guest rabbi visits! 
Wow, thank you for your thoughtful participation. 

The Rabbi Search Committee reviewed all of the information gathered to form a picture of who we are today,  where we want to be in the future, and what characteristics we are seeking in our next rabbi. These key findings are the foundation of the job description we developed and the questions we asked
applicants during interviews. 

Here are some key values that emerged:

Today, our community at Adat Reyim is a  caring, connected congregation reflective of a diversity of Jewish practices and welcoming of interfaith families. We are a participatory, innovative congregation.


In the future, we want to be even more welcoming to all individuals.  We want to improve the religious education for our children from preschool through teens and create a learning home for all members.  We want to provide a spiritually fulfilling home to all members and provide the supports needed so all can comfortably participate in the spiritual and community life at Adat Reyim.

The characteristics we want most for the next Rabbi include someone who is an approachable, compassionate leader – working to building community within Adat Reyim.  An engaging spiritual and religious educator for all members, particularly children and youth. We want someone who is a collaborator and someone who has a strong presence in congregational life.

For a more detailed description of what we learned through the process, please see the executive summary HERE

Adat Reyim is accepting applications for the position which begins July 1, 2020.  Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.  The job description is available on the website HERE

                                  GUEST RABBI VISITS                                  

The Rabbi Search Committee brought in three guest rabbis from diverse backgrounds in 2019. Congregants expressed appreciation for the opportunity to experience rabbis on our own bimah with different styles and approaches as we prepare for a change. They also liked the education session since rabbis perform many duties.

Through surveys of those who attended the visits, we gained insights into what is meaningful to our congregants. Among the things that congregants noted was that they liked the opportunity to learn more about what we do and why. They liked that educational aspect as part of services, in addition to separate adult education programs.

 

Congregants also found it meaningful to have the chance to learn about each other, through opportunities to share personal perspectives at services, in discussion, or at pot-luck meals. This enhanced the experience for them, while building our community.

 

RABBI SEARCH FAQs

 Q: When will Rabbi Aft retire?

In 2005, the Board of Directors and Rabbi Aft discussed plans for Rabbi Aft to serve as Rabbi of Adat Reyim through June 2020, when he will retire. The new rabbi will begin July 1, 2020. Rabbi Aft has given us ample time to think deeply about our values as a community and what we seek in our next spiritual leader. We are grateful that he has provided us with the gift of time to ensure a smooth recruitment and transition process. Rabbi Aft is very supportive of the search committee and he is committed to helping us thrive during this important transition period. 

Q. How can a candidate apply for the position of rabbi at Adat Reyim?

A: Adat Reyim is currently accepting applications which will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The job description is posted on our website and is posted with numerous seminaries and placement sites. Applicants can request an application packet at RabbiSearch@AdatReyim.org.  

Q: How are you engaging the congregation in the selection process?

A: Insights and opinions from congregants have been collected in a variety of ways. More than 100 members gave thoughtful responses to our survey; nearly 250 members provided insights at our focus groups; and some 75 members provided reactions to the guest rabbi visits. The congregational values and rabbi characteristics identified through this process have formed the foundation of the job description and the questions that will be asked of rabbi candidates. You can read the executive summary of what we learned through the congregational input process here. After the Rabbi Search Committee reviews applications and conducts interviews, the top candidates will be brought in for congregational visits with varied opportunities for congregants to interact with them. Congregants are encouraged to share the job description with friends or colleagues who may know of interested candidates! 

Q: Is the committee looking to hire an interim rabbi?

A: The committee carefully considered, researched and explored options for an interim rabbi. Ultimately, the committee rejected hiring an interim rabbi for a variety of reasons including the desire to start the search early and focus on a longer-term solution to our leadership needs. Our permanent new rabbi will begin on July 1, 2020.  Please click here to learn more about the decision not to hire an interim rabbi.

Q: Who is on the Rabbi Search Committee?

A.  Esther Bland leads the Search Steering Committee. Committee members span a wide variety of demographics to ensure that we have widespread involvement. Committee members represent all parts of our community including newer members, long-time members, empty nesters, and parents of students in the preschool, religious school, and teen program. The committee also includes subcommittees which focus on various parts of the search process. Nearly 50 congregants have been involved in the process so far. The list of committee members can be found below.

Q: Is there planning underway to celebrate Rabbi Aft’s retirement?

A: The Adat Reyim community is extremely grateful to Rabbi Bruce and Sue Aft for their service to our synagogue. Throughout the year, there will be many events to celebrate, reminisce and properly thank them for their commitment to Adat Reyim. 

 

MILESTONES FOR THE RABBI SEARCH PROCESS

Milestones, month by month

RABBI SEARCH COMMITTEE MEMBERS

STEERING COMMITTEE:
Chair:  Esther Bland
Members: Randi Adleberg, Sarah Berry, Andrea Cate,  Mark Cutler, Rebecca Geller, Eileen Kugler, Michelle Mermelstein, Andrea Sobel, Ed Weiner

SUBCOMMITTEES:

Congregational Input and Values Clarification

Co-Chairs: Andrea Sobel and Mark Cutler
Committee members:  Randi Adleberg, Susan Bigman, Rebecca Gibson, Joanie Hunn, Linda Kain, David Richter,  Sunny Rome,  Sherri Shunfenthal .

Mission: To gather perspectives from every member of Adat Reyim in order to articulate (1)  Core values of our congregation:  How we would describe ourselves to Rabbi candidates and; (2) Most important characteristics and qualities our next Rabbi should have.

Outreach and Recruitment

Co-chairs: Eileen Kugler and Sarah Berry
Members: Josh Green, Aviva Kurash,  Loretta Stein

Mission: To identify best practices for hiring a rabbi through outreach to rabbis, seminaries, and leaders of congregations who have recently hired rabbis. To reach qualified potential candidates for our rabbi position by broadly identifying outlets, including individuals and organizations, to share information about our congregation and position.

Overall Selection Process

 Co-Chairs: Rebecca Geller and Ed Weiner
Committee members:  Ed Weiner, Steve Adelberg, Joanie Hunn, & Beryl Loveland-Ebert.  

Mission: To oversee a smooth and fair selection process that will enable the synagogue to find the best candidate for a long-term rabbi with Adat Reyim.  We will develop a detailed plan and budget for selecting the rabbi, based on the timeline. This subcommittee will organize initial interviews and plan candidate weekend visits. We will develop draft interview questions for candidates for discussion by the full committee. All committee members will have the opportunity to participate in interviews. We will conduct rabbi interviews, obtain feedback from committee members, and prepare recommendations to the board.

Communications

Co-Chairs: Michelle Leff Mermelstein and  Shelly Zocchi. 
Committee Members: Dory Lummer, Suzy Tucker

Mission: Establish and maintain open lines of communications between search committee/subcommittees and congregation; actively share information with congregation regarding opportunities for input into the rabbi search process and candidates; provide regular updates regarding search process and candidates with congregation and community.

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