Cantor Search Committee

Cantor Search Committee


Judy Goldberg
Janet Strassman-Perlmutter

June 1, 2022 update

We write today to update you on the clergy search process. Jim Billings, as Beth El president, has asked us, Judy Goldberg and Janet Strassman-Perlmutter, to chair the next phase of the search for Beth El’s next cantor, and we have begun our work.

We have met with outgoing chairs, Bonnie Jenson and Howard Boles, who have generously offered to continue to work as advisors to the process. Howard and Bonnie have debriefed us on the committee’s work of the past year and remain available to us. We are grateful for their tireless dedication to the search and the work of the past year’s committee. We look forward to building from their experience as we move ahead.

We’ve met with Rabbi Breindel, as we expect to do regularly until the search is complete, to exchange information with one another with the goal of finding the cantor who will be the best fit to meet the needs of this community.

We understand, with these meetings as background, that we have agreed to take on a holy task, embedded with an array of practical challenges. In the coming weeks we will be (in an order yet to be determined):

  • refining the job description for our cantorial professional
  • reassessing the most promising avenues for sourcing candidates appropriate to the role and to this community
  • ascertaining from our Board of Directors and the finance committee the salary our congregation can afford for our new hire
  • assembling a committee to join in this work
  • addressing the processes to bring us a leader to support and enhance joyful, innovative, participatory ritual life at Beth El

We intend to provide regular updates to the congregation as we complete these tasks and move forward with the search.

Please note, a separate group is working on recruiting an interim cantor. Stay tuned for separate communications on that front.

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