A Letter to the Congregation from the Interim Search Committee

Dear members:

In response to Rabbi Jonathan’s announcement of his retirement effective at the end of June, 2022, the board asked several members of the congregation to be members of a search committee for an interim rabbi to serve the congregation from June, 2022 – June, 2023. Besides leading services and taking on all the responsibilities of our rabbi, the interim rabbi’s job is to help our community process the loss of our long-time rabbi and guide us as we discern the qualities we want in our next “settled” rabbi.

The search committee has created a job posting, which will be advertised on various Jewish job sites after Yom Kippur.


The process will proceed as follows:


Early fall: The committee will receive resumes and decide which candidates to interview on Zoom.


Late fall: The committee will conduct preliminary interviews via Zoom.


Mid-winter: The most promising candidate(s) will be invited to Woodstock to lead services in our sanctuary and via Zoom.  We will ask for your feedback on these candidates.


Late winter: After reviewing the feedback, the committee will recommend to the board which candidate to hire.


Early spring: If the board accepts the recommendation, they will offer a contract to the candidate.  The successful candidate will be announced to the congregation.


The committee will keep you updated on the search process via email and at www.wjcshul.org/about/transition/  If you have any questions or comments, please send them to transition@wjcshul.org.


Interim rabbi search committee

Laurie Mozian, Chair

Blaze Ardman

Ron Carleton

Jessica Greenstein

Dennis Launer

Myrna Sameth

Rabbi Ellen Triebwasser

Matt White, President

Cornelia Seckel, Vice President

Andrew Maayan, Executive Director