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Rabbi Search Update: February 19, 2018

Quick update on this weekend's schedule.

Rabbi Kobrin will now be leading Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv service this coming Friday night as part of our monthly Kabbalat Shabbat & Shmooze program. The schedule will be: 

  • 5:30pm - Schmooze, snacks and Shabbat blessings
  • 6:00pm - Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv Service lead by Rabbi Kobrin
  • 7:15pm - Dinner and dessert for those who have signed up for Kabbalat Shabbat & Schmooze program.

Babysitting will be available from 5:30 – 8:30pm

Whether you plan to attend the entire Kabbalat Shabbat & Schmooze program, or just the first part (5:30 – 7:15pm) with Rabbi Kobrin, please register here so we know how many people to expect.

Remember, you can also meet Rabbi Kobrin on Shabbat, February 24 as well. She'll be at these events:

  • 9:00am - Participating in Shulbucks (social gathering prior to Shabbat services).
  • 9:30am - Shabbat morning services. Rabbi Kobrin will be leading  services, reading from the Torah, giving a sermon, visiting Tot Shabbat and leading Adon Olam. A kiddush will follow services.
  • 6:30pm - Havdalah services. Rabbi Kobrin will be leading the service, delivering a lesson and participating in a Q&A session.  

You can also virtually meet Rabbi Kobrin here. 

Rabbi Search Update: February 15, 2018

Watch Rabbi Paskin's Musical Mincha/Maariv and Q&A session by clicking here.

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Thank you to everyone who attended one of the sessions with Rabbi Paskin. We hope you enjoyed his musical services and hearing him teach Torah.  With further ado, we would like to invite you to join us for Shabbat February 24th to meet our third candidate, Rabbi Kobrin.

You will have a chance to learn more about her at one of these events:

  • Saturday, February 24, 9:00am
    • Participating in Shulbucks (social gathering prior to Shabbat services).
  • Saturday, February 24, 9:30am 
    • Shabbat morning services. Rabbi Kobrin will be leading  services, reading from the Torah, giving a sermon, visiting Tot Shabbat and leading Adon Olam. A kiddush will follow services.
  • Saturday, February 24, 6:30pm
    • Havdalah services. Rabbi Kobrin will be leading the service, delivering a lesson and participating in a Q&A session.  

Rabbi Search Update: February 7, 2018

Wow, what a fun weekend we had with Rabbi Wohl this past weekend. It was quite the whirlwind tour, but we hope that everyone got an opportunity to talk to Rabbi Wohl and get a sense of if he's the right fit for our community. 

Next up is Rabbi David Paskin who comes to us from the Palm Beach and Broward county Jewish communities. Rabbi Paskin currently serves the Palm Beach and Broward county Jewish communities as a spiritual leader and teacher while spending his summers as Rosh Musica (Music Director) at Camp Ramah Darom in Georgia.

Rabbi Paskin will not be able to join us for Shabbat, but we have arranged for him join us for 3 very special events next week. Please do your best to attend one of these:

  • Wednesday, February 14, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
    • A Mincha/Maariv musical service followed by a Q&A session. Babysitting will be available.
  • Thursday, February 15, 7:30 a.m. 
    • A morning Shacharit service, where Rabbi Paskin will read Torah
  • Thursday, February 15, 11:00 a.m. 
    • Rabbi Paskin will be co-opting Rabbi Gerson’s Tanakh and Tabloids class (thank you for your flexibility Rabbi Gerson!) and teaching a class on a topic of his choosing 

In addition, Rabbi  Paskin has prepared a short video introducing himself to our community. Click here to watch that as well as hear him answer some fun questions. 

Rabbi Search Update: February 2, 2018

Dear Rodef Shalom Family,

There is a very famous Yiddish proverb that goes, “Man plans and God laughs.” Regarding our Rabbinic search, this is exactly what has happened. However, it has just caused us to make new plans! 

After many hours of effort, reviewing resumes and interviewing individual candidates, our Recruitment Team of our Rabbi Search Committee identified three phenomenal candidates as potential Rabbis for Rodef Shalom.  On Wednesdayafternoon, the unexpected occurred and one of those candidates, Rabbi Phillip Weintraub, rescinded his candidacy. Rabbi Weintraub had visited another synagogue who made him an offer that he could not refuse and he decided to cancel his visit to our Congregation instead of being disingenuous. Although we are grateful for his honesty, this left us in a lurch as our Rabbinic Search leadership believes that we promised our congregation that we would have three candidates.

Thus, in the midst of our first Rabbinical candidate visit (which is going very well as you will see tomorrow) we have needed to make some new plans. In the past 40 hours, our Rabbinic search leadership has worked extremely quickly and efficiently to determine our next steps and how to address this curveball. Fortunately, our Recruitment Team had the foresight to create an alternate list, and one of our alternates has not only agreed to come visit us, but has stated the he is “honored” to do so. As usual, the scheduling was a bit tricky at this late date in the search process and so this morning we were finally able to agree on a time when this third candidate can visit us.

Our third candidate will be Rabbi David Paskin. He literally has his own website (www.davidpaskin.com). Rabbi Paskin will be visiting us from Tuesday, February 12th – Thursday, February 15th.

Because we could not arrange for Rabbi Paskin to come on a Shabbat, we are hoping that our community will be able to make the time to visit with him when he is here. Thus we are offering multiple ways to meet with him, as follows:

  • Wednesday, February 14th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm:   A Valentine’s Day Mincha/Maariv musical service that is open to the public followed by a Q&A session. Babysitting will be available. 
  • Thursday, February 15th at 7:30am:  A morning Shacharit service, where Rabbi Paskin will read Torah
  • Thursday, February 15th at 11:00am:  Rabbi Paskin will be co-opting Rabbi Gerson’s Tanach and Tabloids class (thank you for your flexibility Rabbi Gerson!) and teaching a class on a topic of his choosing to whoever can attend.

 Although a weekday visit is not ideal, it will by no means preclude us from getting a strong sense of who he is, his style and how he operates.

I wish to extend a special thank you to our Recruitment team, Shana Adler, Larry Englander, Gerald Falchook, Joel Friedlander and Shira Zimmerman for their amazing work on this effort. I would also like to publicly thank our Logistics Team,  Lois Feinstein, Sarah Felson, Shana Friedman, Jason Steele, and Mira Zevin for their tireless work in addressing this last minute change.

Rabbi Search Update: January 30, 2018

Two Opportunities to meet the first Rabbi candidate, Rabbi Wohl

On Shabbat morning, February 3rd, Rabbi Wohl will be conducting Shacharit services, reading from the Torah and will be providing the day's sermon. He also will be participating in Tot Shabbat. Everyone is invited to join us for services that start at 9:30 a.m.

Towards the end of Shabbat, Rabbi Wohl will be leading a special Havdallah service and facilitating a discussion. This event starts at 6:30 pm and is open only for Rodef members. Childcare will be available with snacks for kids of all ages.

Please do your best to attend either or both events. We're excited to show Rabbi Wohl how vibrant our community truly is! 

For questions, please contact Michele at 303-399-0035 or michele.campbell@rodef-shalom.org.

 

Rabbi Search Update: January 22, 2018

Please meet the rabbi candidates and save these dates:

February 3 - Rabbi Josh Wohl, Agudath Achim Congregation - Altoona, PA

February 24 - Rabbi Rachel Kobrin, Congregation Adath Jeshurin - Elkins Park, PA

More specific details and video introductions from each rabbi will arrive in your inbox in the coming weeks. We also ask that unless you know the Rabbis personally, please do not contact them.

Please feel free to contact Marty Zimmerman with any questions.

Rabbi Search FAQ's

Will the rabbis be available during their weekend visits for one on one time?

Unfortunately not. The rabbi candidates will be available after shul during kiddush and during the Saturday night Havdalah program to shmooze with the community.

Can I give you my thoughts on the candidates?

Absolutely! The Survey and Assessment Team will be providing a feedback system shortly. Look out for that in the next few weeks.

Will the rabbis be attending Tot Shabbat and Mini Minyan?

Yup! Each rabbi candidate is excited to meet our youngest community members and, each in their own unique way, will be enhancing the program that weekend.

What should I do when I meet the Rabbi Candidates?

Just be yourself! Feel free to ask them any questions you'd like, but just remember that they are here to evaluate and interview us  as well. 

As such, please remember to do your best to make the rabbi feel welcome and  never forget to highlight the fact that our community is second to none and that Denver is an amazing places to live. 

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