Come and tell us what you’d like in a rabbi

All Beit Emanuel members are invited to a discussion this Sunday afternoon about the qualities and values you feel are important in a rabbi.
What sort of person should be our next rabbi? Does the rabbi have to be a man? Should the rabbi have children? Would you prefer someone who is learned, or someone who is approachable? Should the rabbi’s sermons tackle difficult topics that might upset some people, or steer a middle ground?
Answers to these questions and many others will determine whether the congregation is able to grow in years to come, which is why it is important that as many people as possible attend on Sunday to add their voices in setting our goals.
At the meeting, members of management will provide feedback on the search for a rabbi and explain the processes involved. Then, people in the audience will be invited to participate with their own opinions. To make sure all suggestions are heard, even from those uncomfortable with speaking in public, the meeting will be co-ordinated in a structured format by Merle Favis, a long-time member, who has extensive experience of running community feedback sessions of this kind.
This will be a general discussion rather than an assessment of the existing candidates, which is the job we have given the Rabbinic Search Committee. This Committee will continue to search for and select a rabbi, and the feedback from these discussions will be helpful to their task. The discussions will also help to guide us in interacting over the coming months with visiting candidate rabbis, both formally and informally. And once a rabbi is appointed, written feedback from this meeting will provide an invaluable resource to our new rabbi as to the priorities and perspectives of the congregation.
We look forward to the participation of a large number of our members and to hearing your voices!
Please bring a small packet of biscuits or a snack to share for tea.
Sunday, 3 February, 2.30 p.m . At Beit Emanuel.

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