- Temple B’nai Abraham has benefited from strong clergy, professional staff, and lay leadership for many years, resulting in stable and robust membership and school enrollments.
- Rabbi Clifford M. Kulwin is only our fourth senior rabbi in almost 120 years. We are proud to have enjoyed long-term rabbinic leadership.
- We are financially strong with ample fundraising, sizable endowments, and no debt.
- The Temple’s youth education programs are dynamic, active and very successful starting with our Early School and continuing with our Jewish Learning Program.
- We are located in an area with a large Jewish population that continues to attract young, Jewish families and provides us with stable membership.
- We have a sizable, committed congregation that is dedicated to the synagogue, a large, hardworking group of lay leaders, and lively Temple groups, including Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Prime Time, Social Action Committee, and others.
- Our building is attractive, well-maintained, and offers a variety of flexible spaces that allow us to host a range of events and religious services.
- We have many multi-generational member families. We value our rich history.
- We have sufficient resources to provide Temple membership to those individuals or families with financial need.
- We are independent of the various synagogue movements, which allows us to evolve as we deem appropriate and continue to meet the needs of our changing Jewish community.
The successful rabbinic candidate will be a visionary and a team builder, with demonstrated successes in creating dynamic relationships and strong congregational participation, blending tradition with modern liberalism in religious services, congregational activities and pastoral roles, and with the skill and drive to lead and grow a sophisticated suburban congregation in the 21st century.
We seek a proven inspirational and motivational leader whose creative approaches and practices have combined traditional and contemporary motifs and modalities to:
- Foster a strong sense of community for the congregation as a whole and for peer groups.
- Offer participatory religious services that draw growing levels of attendance.
- Supply pastoral care and congregational counseling as needed.
- Effectuate congregation-wide awareness of, and action in response to, global, national and local societal issues.
- Provide rabbinic contribution at all levels of educational activity within the congregation.
- Unambiguously and affirmatively welcome all who seek to share, explore, establish or maintain Jewish experiences.
- Create a cohesive professional team at all staff levels implementing shared goals and objectives.
Julie A. Silbermann, Rabbinical Search Committee Chairperson