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Rabbinic Search: All About Interviews - Shared screen with speaker view
Leah Meir
33:37
Leah Nadich Meir - Beth Sholom, Teaneck, NJ
Judy Woll
33:46
Judy Woll from Beth Abraham Dayton Ohio
Hal Koplin
33:46
Hal Koplin from Temple Beth El in Lancaster, PA
Aviva Jezer
33:49
Aviva Jezer - Temple Aliyah - Needham, Massachusetts
Alistair
33:50
Richmond - Congregation Or Atid
Frederick Levick
33:51
Hi I am Fred Levick from Congregation B’nai Torah in Atlanta
RICHARD QUATEMAN
33:53
Hello, watching from Gloucester, MA. Temple Ahavat Achim
Isabel Schechter (she/her)
33:54
Hi from Tifereth Israel Synagogue in San Diego
Geri Samuels
33:54
Geri Samuels-Or Atid, Richmond VA
Jillian Bernstein
33:58
hi! Jillian Bernstein, Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, MD
R. Salomon Gruenwald
34:02
Rabbi Salomon Gruenwald, Congregation HEA, Denver CO
Madelaine Yafet
34:03
Congregation Beth Israel in Greenville, SC
Betsy MacCarthy
34:06
Betsy MacCarthy - Congregation Beth Israel in Greenville, SC.😊
Sue Lampert
34:06
Sue Lampert - Congregation Beth Shalom, Northbrook, IL
Rose
34:09
Marty Chester from Beth El Synagogue in Minneapolis, MN
Adrienne Berman (she/her)
34:09
Adrienne Berman, Beth El, Minneapolis, MN
Fonda Lowe
34:13
Fonda Lowe, B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD
Tova Tolman
34:13
Tova Tolman, Agudath Achim in Savannah, GA
Andrea Hagan
34:13
Andrea Hagan Temple Beth-El Poughkeepsie, NY
davidgoldstein
34:16
David Goldstein San Francisco, Am Tikvah
Laura Intfen
34:19
Hello from Hebrew Educational Alliance, Denver CO from Laura Intfen
Ronald Fink
34:22
Ron Fink Cong. Or Atid, Richmond, VA
Robyn Feuerberg Herndon, VA
34:23
Robyn Feuerberg , Congregation Beth Emeth, Herndon, VA
normanlewis
34:23
Norm Lewis, Beth Abraham Synagogue, Dayton, OH
Bev Mendelson
34:24
Bev Mendelson-Shaare Zion Beth-El Congregation, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Rebecca Rothman
34:26
Hello from Beth El in Birmingham, AL
Amy Farber
34:27
Also from Gloucester, MA
Philip Freidenreich
34:32
Phil Freidenreich, Congregation Beth El, Yardley, PA
David Braitman
34:33
David Braitman, Beth Israel Congregation, Owings Mills MD
Ellen Kischel
34:34
Ellen Kischel, Temple Israel, Sharon, MA
Lori Shiffman
34:36
Hi all. Or Atid. Richmond VA.
Adam Fins - AA Savannah
34:44
Adam Fins, Agudath Achim, Savannah, GA
Marcel
34:49
Marcel Buchsbaum, Congregation Sons Of Israel, Woodmere NY
Martha Katz-Hyman
34:51
Martha Katz-Hyman, Rodef Sholom Temple, Newport News, VA
Joan
34:52
From Monroe, NY
wendy rapps
36:08
Wendy Rapps from Shaare Zion Beth EL Montreal
Emily Hendel
36:52
Aliyah: https://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/sites/default/files/2021-09/aliyah-2021-a-congregational-rabbinic-search-guide.pdf
Betsy MacCarthy
38:43
So would a congregation hold both kinds? or does one take the place of the other?
Leah Meir
39:26
Can you explain why a screening interview should not include the entire search committee, especially if it's not a large group?
Bo Abrams (She/her)
39:55
Sorry if I missed this, will you be sharing the slides?
Jo-Anne Tucker-Zemlak
40:16
we will share slides and answer questions at the end
Ellen Rothberg
40:20
Leah-we did this last year, wasn’t optimal for us. WE’RE INCLUDING THE FULL CTTEE THIS TIME AROUND, MUCH BETTER
Frederick Levick
54:08
When hiring an associate rabbi, should the senior rabbi be the primary questioner?
Rachel Sisk-USCJ
55:59
You will get a full sample interview note taking form, and questions
Aviva Jezer
56:10
Can you send link to sing up for next week’s session on eliminating/recognizing bias in interviews?
Rachel Sisk-USCJ
56:30
https://crm.uscj.org/civicrm/event/info?id=448&reset=1
Ellen Rothberg
58:42
so you recommend that we see all applicants before offering the next step?
Miriam Rubin
59:08
Is it an issue that all of us will be asking very similar questions?
Bev Mendelson
01:01:36
Being in Canada, we are better with virtual.
Martha Katz-Hyman
01:02:03
Having 2-3 candidates come in assumes that you've had more than 2-3 respond to the congregation's questionnaire posting. Sometimes a congregation doesn't get a lot of response, or the responses they get are candidates who are not judged to be suitablel.
Rebecca Rothman
01:12:20
Do you have recommendation for them to bring/not bring small children on a visit weekend?
Emily Hendel
01:13:22
Have them decide. Some may say it's more difficult to have them there for an interview, some may say it's important the whole family unit is part of the decision, but that can be their decision.
Tova Tolman
01:13:29
And a recommendation for a proper/appropriate way to ask if there is a partner or family they'd like to bring with them for a visit?
R. Salomon Gruenwald
01:14:30
I will share as a rabbi who has been through the process that rabbis talk to one another and share information about their visits.
Frederick Levick
01:14:32
At what point may an offer of employment be made?
Martha Katz-Hyman
01:15:32
@Rabbi Gruenwald, I would be very surprised if they didn't!
Marlene Dodyk
01:15:57
Are Rabbis encouraged to communicate with us about how they felt after a visit?
Bo Abrams (She/her)
01:16:31
@tova Tolman, excellent question
Isabel Schechter (she/her)
01:18:56
How do you manage looking interested vs deperate with a candidate you really like?
Frederick Levick
01:19:02
At what point is it appropriate to check references?
David Braitman
01:19:41
What is reasonable time frame to expect a response to an offer from a candidate
Jennifer Stofman (she/her)
01:20:04
after the weekend visit or before if you prefer
Robyn Feuerberg
01:20:33
How do you let them know you are only paying for 2 if they say they are bringing 4
Jennifer Stofman (she/her)
01:21:12
You can request a response by the end of the week or after a weekend if offered on a Thursday
Rachel Sisk-USCJ
01:22:35
Yes, Bev, totally appropriate; we can send you suggestions for virtual interview "visits"
Bo Abrams (She/her)
01:25:44
This might be a too big question for here but are there any guidelines (other than to not use yes or no questions) for spotting “red flags” when references give candidates positive reviews
Robyn Feuerberg
01:27:02
No one gives a name (knowingly) of someone who is going to give a "bad" reference. You have to read between the lines - don't you think?
Betsy MacCarthy
01:27:20
I have a friend who is a rabbi who went through the process of interviewing only a few years ago. Would it be inappropriate to ask them about the things in their interviews that enticed them or turned them off to a particular congregation? What made their choice feel "right"?
Frederick Levick
01:27:40
Is it acceptable to contact references not on the list provided by the candidate?
Jennifer Stofman (she/her)
01:27:54
Great idea Betsy!
Robyn Feuerberg
01:28:46
Don't let your committee members just ask any question without you knowing what they are going to ask.
Adam Fins - AA Savannah
01:28:58
@Frederick - we're Jews, so we're all going to naturally play geography....
Hal Koplin
01:29:27
Please respond to Frederick's question about contact references who are not on the candidates list of references. Such as synagogue officers, etc I would assume.
Robyn Feuerberg
01:29:32
sending two bouquets of flowers might make you look desperate. Just send 1. lol
Bev Mendelson
01:29:54
We had the first interview taped and the Co-Chairs were able to see it later. That was really helpful.
normanlewis
01:29:54
Can you give us an idea how many synagogues are looking for rabbis and how many rabbis are looking for positions?
Jennifer Stofman (she/her)
01:30:20
It is common for the president of the shul in search to contact the president of the shul where the candidate currently is.
Rachel Sisk-USCJ
01:30:37
reminder that recorded interviews need to be approved by the candidate in advance
Martha Katz-Hyman
01:30:45
Years ago, we had a short period of time to look for a rabbi, and the search committee ended up with someone who was "the last rabbi standing." The rabbi turned out to be a very poor match for the congregation and had issues that we wish we'd known about ahead of time. It is sometimes better to go without a rabbi, if the congregation can handle that, or engage an interim rabbi, rather than to engage the wrong person for the congregation.
Rabbi Joshua Heller
01:31:00
Yes, Martha.
Jo-Anne Tucker-Zemlak
01:31:35
we also suggest after a long time rabbi, a transitional rabbi is helpful
Robyn Feuerberg
01:31:44
I have a template letter I send after receiving their initial resume that says we would ask to be able to record the conversation and it will be erased after all committee members have viewed it. This way I don't forget to ask for permission.
Bo Abrams (She/her)
01:32:19
This might make some congregations feel better ;) -We are behind the curve in terms of when we learned we needed to start a search. Any helpful suggestions?
Robyn Feuerberg
01:32:24
How do we know if a rabbi's congregation knows he/she\/they are looking?
Miriam Rubin
01:32:40
Asking members of the office staff can be very helpful
David Braitman
01:32:54
when can we expect to get the recording and the slide deck.
Rachel Sisk-USCJ
01:33:31
there will probably be a follow up e-mail tomorrow
Jo-Anne Tucker-Zemlak
01:33:56
To be in search a candidate has had to let his leadership know, whether the community knows is up to that shul
Jo-Anne Tucker-Zemlak
01:34:47
all material will be out later today / or by tomorrow morning
Frederick Levick
01:36:42
Can you break down by synagogue size how many congregations are looking in each category?
The Tabers
01:37:09
Thank you so much. Very helpful.
Bo Abrams (She/her)
01:37:14
This was wonderful thank you
Allison Kapusta (she/her)
01:37:17
Evaluation: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RabbinicSearch12-7-21Bias Webinar: https://crm.uscj.org/civicrm/event/info?id=448&reset=1Final Steps Webinar: https://crm.uscj.org/civicrm/event/info?id=442&reset=1
Martha Katz-Hyman
01:37:32
Thanks so much to everyone--this has been very helpful!
David Braitman
01:37:37
Thank you for an informative and helpful webinar
Jo-Anne Tucker-Zemlak
01:37:38
they will also be sent in the follow up
Bev Mendelson
01:37:49
Thank you for your insights .
Bo Abrams (She/her)
01:38:09
@fredrick. Great question
Ellen Kischel
01:38:14
Thank you.
Betsy MacCarthy
01:38:19
Thanks so much
Frederick Levick
01:38:26
Thank you