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Transition at Kol Haverim

 

Hiring a rabbi is one of the most important steps a synagogue community takes, and prior to welcoming a new rabbinic leader we have many challenges and opportunities to address. One of our guiding principles in this process is to be transparent to our congregation. This page will be updated on a regular basis as we move forward to allow you to review and comment on this important process.

New Rabbi Announcement - Rabbi Kari Tuling (posted 2/13/17)

CKH President Judy Kulick is delighted to announce the signing of a contract with Rabbi Kari Tuling as the next settled Rabbi for Congregation Kol Haverim, beginning July 1, 2017.  Approximately 50 brave congregants came out in the midst of a raging snowstorm on Sunday February 12th to meet Rabbi Tuling and, with the addition of online votes and absentee ballots, ratified the Board of Trustees' recommendation to hire Rabbi Tuling.

Judy Kulick, presided over the meeting and introduced Rabbi Tuling and her family. The Rabbi spoke about her background and responded to questions from the gathering.  Judy had the opportunity to host Rabbi Tuling and her husband in her home, and get to know them better.  She is very excited to begin working with her, and sure she will be a great fit for our congregation.  Rabbi Tuling promises to bring great enthusiasm and energy and organizational experience to our community. Rabbi Tuling’s resume and personal statement can be reviewed HERE.

Thank you to the 12 member Search Committee, chaired by Len Kaplan, who spent the last seven months creating on-line surveys, holding focus group meetings, sorting through resumes, conducting on-line interviews and hosting Rabbi candidates to find Rabbi Tuling. Thank you also to all who provided feedback on the process.  Watch for more information from Rabbi Tuling and the Board as we move forward.

Rabbinic Search Committee Update (posted 1/18/17)

The Rabbinic Search Committee recommended Rabbi Kari Tuling from Temple Beth Israel in Plattsburgh, NY as our next permanent Rabbi to the Board of Trustees. The Board, in a Special Session, approved that recommendation and authorized negotiations to begin to establish parameters for a contract. Contract negotiations are going well. Judy Kulick, our President will call for a Congregational Meeting in February to approve the hiring of the new Rabbi.  Our thanks to all who participated in the on-line surveys, Focus Group sessions, Rabbinic Candidate visits, attended Question and Answer sessions, and provided feedback to the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees.  Rabbi Tuling’s resume can be reviewed at https://images.shulcloud.com/580/uploads/Tuling-Kari.pdf.

Rabbi Search Committee Update (posted 12/1/16)

The Rabbinic Search Committee has been working hard reviewing resumes and determining which Rabbinic candidates they want to talk to.  Interviews begin on Dec 8th and will continue for the follow-on weeks.  When interviews are completed, three finalists will be asked to come to the congregation (in January) to meet with members of the congregation.  From the three finalists, one will be selected to pursue as our new Rabbi.

Rabbinic Search Focus Groups - Update (posted 9/1/16)

So far the Rabbinic Search Focus Groups have been successful. This is a chance for congregants to voice their opinions directly to committee members.  Congregants may attend either session and if neither session is convenient they may attend any another group meeting.  Each group session will be limited to approximately 16 people. Please note the changes below to meet the expressed needs of the Congregation.

Group A:  Congregants with children in the religious school and/or younger children at home- Babysitting will be available upon request. RSVP to Andy Greenfield, email: groovygreenfield@gmail.com

Sep 18th, 9:15 am to 11:15 am held at 20 April Drive in Glastonbury.  This is a change that will allow parents with children in school to attend the Focus Group

Group B: Congregants with post B’Nai Mitzvah children living at home and teenagers/Youth Group members interested in joining the process. RSVP to Andy Greenfield, email: groovygreenfield@gmail.com

Sep 7th, 7:00 to 9:00 held at 20 April Drive in Glastonbury

Group C: Congregants with no children living at home. RSVP to Manny Jainchill, email: jainchill1@cox.net

Sep 12th, 7:00 to 9:00 held at 153 Needletree Lane in Glastonbury

Sep 14th, 7:00 to 9:00 held at 153 Needletree Lane in Glastonbury.  This is a newly added Focus Group session to meet the demand.

Any teenagers/Youth Group members who would prefer a separate Focus Group without their parents attending should contact Aleksei Sandals, email: lexsandals@gmail.com.  If there is enough interest, a separate Focus Group will be provided.

Rabbinic Search Focus Groups (posted 8/18/16)

To the Congregants of Kol Haverim,

Rabbinic Search Focus Groups: The Rabbinic Search Committee is organizing focus group meetings arranged by demographics. This is a chance for congregants to voice their opinions directly to committee members.  Congregants may attend either session and if neither session is convenient they may attend any another group meeting.  Each group session will be limited to approximately 16 people. Additional groups will be provided if there is a large demand.

Group A:  Congregants with children in the religious school and/or younger children at home- Babysitting will be available upon request. RSVP to Andy Greenfield, email: groovygreenfield@gmail.com

  • Aug 28th, 10:00 to 12:00 in the Kol Haverim Social Hall
  • Sep 18th, 7:00 to 9:00 held at 20 April Drive in Glastonbury

Group B: Congregants with post B’Nai Mitzvah children living at home and teenagers/Youth Group members interested in joining the process. RSVP to Andy Greenfield, email: groovygreenfield@gmail.com

  • Aug 23rd, 7:00 to 9:00 in the Kol Haverim Social Hall
  • Sep 7th, 7:00 to 9:00 held at 20 April Drive in Glastonbury

Group C: Congregants with no children living at home. RSVP to Manny Jainchill, email: jainchill1@cox.net

  • Sep 1st, 7:00 to 9:00 held at 153 Needletree Lane in Glastonbury
  • Sep 12th, 7:00 to 9:00 held at 153 Needletree Lane in Glastonbury

Any teenagers/Youth Group members who would prefer a separate Focus Group without their parents attending should contact Aleksei Sandals, email: lexsandals@gmail.com.  If there is enough interest, a separate Focus Group will be provided.

Survey - Please respond by August 15th (posted 7/25/16)

The Rabbinic Search Committee has developed a survey, which will work as an adjunct to upcoming focus group meetings to identify our expectations for our new Rabbi and to be able to identify strengths of our congregational environment. 

It is important to have your input as the Rabbinic Search Committee works to find the right Rabbi for our near term and long term needs.  Please take some time and respond to the survey.  Follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/76R29QL.  Please complete the survey by Monday, August 15th.  Your feedback is critical to this process.

We also suggest you keep a copy of your response to take to the Focus Group you will attend for further discussion.  If you have any questions about the survey, would like more information about the process, or would like to be invited to a Focus Group meeting, please contact me at vice-president@kolhaverim.org. Thank you for your time and support.

Len Kaplan
Rabbinic Search Committee, Chair

Rabbi Search Committee Update - 7/14/16

The Rabbinic Search Committee convened on Wednesday, 13 Jul, to begin the search for a new, permanent, Rabbi for the congregation.  Members include:  Len Kaplan – Chairperson; Judy Kulick; Aleksei Sandals; Andy Greenfield; David Bass; David Gorman; David Souder; David Weinberg; Ellen Dougherty; Manny Jainchill; Marla Perlstein; and Rachelle Blume.  The mission of the committee is to find the best Rabbi fit for our congregation.  The committee has an aggressive timeline and will require help and support from the congregation.  Focus groups will be planned and scheduled in order to solicit the traits we believe we need in the new Rabbi, and of those traits, which are “must have” and which are “nice to have”.   Watch for further communications from the committee announcing the dates, time, and location of the focus groups.  Please plan on attending and letting us know your thoughts.

Interim Rabbi Search Committee is pleased to announce selection of Rabbi Stephen Wylen

The Interim Rabbi Search Committee is pleased to announce that they have selected Rabbi Stephen Wylen to serve as the interim Rabbi at Congregation Kol Haverim from 7/1/16 until 6/30/17.  The Board has approved the hiring of Rabbi Wylen and Rabbi Wylen has accepted our offer, all subject to a congregational vote. 

After reading resumes and completing several Skype interviews with candidates, the committee unanimously agreed that Rabbi Wylen was our first choice.  He visited CKH on Monday March 7th for an in-person interview and met with a number of staff members and lay leaders.  At the end of the day, the Search Committee met to review the findings of the day and after discovering that everyone he had met spoke only favorably about him, the committee unanimously recommended his hiring to the Board. The Board then met after that and unanimously approved his hiring subject to a congregational vote.  The following morning we conveyed our offer to Rabbi Wylen who very happily accepted.

Our Bylaws require that there be a congregational vote in order to hire a Rabbi so we have scheduled such a vote for Wednesday March 16th at 6:30 pm in the social hall.  Everyone is welcome to come at that time.  Rabbi Wylen will make a brief presentation followed by a question and answer session.  After that the congregation will vote on the approval of his hiring as our interim Rabbi.

For a full bio of Rabbi Wylen, CLICK HERE.  You can see that he has had a great deal of experience which we feel will assist us greatly.  He has a passion for religious education from preschool through 12th grade and we feel he will truly be an asset to our Congregation in transition.  If anyone has any questions prior to the congregational meeting please feel free to email the search committee at transition@kolhaverim.org.

We look forward to seeing all of you on March 16th!

Update 3/1/16

The first Congregational Forums to discuss our Rabbinic Transition were held February 23 and February 24. Thank you to everyone who attended these discussions. After introductory remarks by Congregation Kol Haverim President Howie Breinan and heart-felt reflections by Rabbi Marantz, President Breinan spoke about the Board of Trustee’s plan for the Rabbinic Transition.

Transition Principles

  • Be led and staffed together by the Board and congregation
  • Be transparent and easy to navigate and understand
  • Ensure continuity in our religious and community practices
  • Meet the religious and life cycle needs of the congregation
  • Be highly inclusive and reflect the wide diversity of our congregants
  • Include regular communication in print, on-line, and in person
  • Allow opportunity to reflect as a community on our future
  • Be driven by our vision and values as a community

Interim Rabbi Update

The Transition Committee held its first meeting on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016.  They reviewed several resumes and will be conducting in-depth Skype interviews by March 2, 2016 with all five candidates.  The goal of the committee is to hire an Interim Rabbi by April 1, with a planned start date of July 1st, 2016.

 
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