Temple Sholom Senior Rabbi Search

In keeping with our desire to keep the Congregational Community informed about the search for our new Senior Rabbi, we have created this dedicated web page. This web page has general information about the search, including a timeline, and will be updated as we move forward.

Identifying a Senior Rabbi is one of the most intense and critical jobs a synagogue experiences. I want to thank Marc Kaufman, Chair of the Search Committee, for taking on this job so willingly and skillfully. Below we have highlighted the steps taken to date, and the remaining steps in place for finding the next leader of our sacred community. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at templesholomjed@gmail.com should you have questions about this process. Thank you.

Jed Silberg


July-August 2019

Congregational Town Halls/Listening Sessions and Online Survey Monkey questionnaire designed to identify key rabbinical traits and personality characteristics the congregation seeks in the next Senior Rabbi.

These findings were shared with the Search Committee and serve as the foundation of the application to the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). The CCAR assists congregations in identifying eligible clergy.

August-September 2019

Search Committee completes application and submits to the CCAR.

Search Committee develops interview protocol and questions to be used in initial interview stage.

September-October 2019

Search Committee receives and vets candidate resumes and conducts initial interviews via video conference.

November 2019

Search Committee identifies candidates for on-site interviews and schedules candidate interviews and one-on-one interaction with the most viable candidates.

December 2019

One-on-one meetings with candidates continue during the URJ Biennial, December 11 – 15.

January 2020

Search Committee anticipates making a recommendation for the Temple Sholom Board of Directors to consider at the January Board Meeting, January 7, 2020.


January 7 Board Meeting: The Search Committee made its recommendation for our new Senior Rabbi and the Board accepted it. We are currently working through the details and anticipate making the formal announcement by the end of the month.

January 23rd, 2020

Temple Sholom names its current Associate Rabbi, Shoshanah Conover, its next Senior Rabbi, making her the 8th rabbi in the synagogue’s 151-year-old history. Rabbi Conover begins her new position on July 1st, 2020.