Interim Rabbi Search: Frequently Asked Questions

Interim Rabbi Search

Frequently Asked Questions

Aug 18, 2021


When is Rabbi Jonathan leaving and what will his role be after he retires?

Rabbi Jonathan will be our rabbi through June 2022. After he retires, we expect he will be busy writing, performing, and traveling outside the Hudson Valley.


Why are we searching for an interim rabbi rather than a permanent or “settled” rabbi?

The common practice among synagogues with long-serving rabbis is to hire an interim rabbi to give the congregation time to reassess its values and process the change of spiritual leadership before searching for a permanent, or “settled” rabbi.


How long will the interim rabbi serve and might they become the settled rabbi?

The interim rabbi will serve for one year and will not be eligible to apply for the settled rabbi position.


What are we looking for in an interim rabbi?

The interim rabbi will perform all rabbinic functions of the shul, including leading services, supporting life cycle events, providing pastoral care, and engaging in educational programming. Thus, the ideal interim rabbi will have experience as a congregational rabbi and interim rabbi, and be able to continue our tradition of welcoming, warm, and musical services. In addition, the interim rabbi will help the board and congregation through the transition process as we search for a settled rabbi.


Will the board and search committee seek input from the congregation during the search process?

Yes! We will regularly give updates to the community via email and the website.  We welcome your questions and comments via email at You will have the opportunity to meet and give feedback on one or more candidates when they come to Woodstock to lead Shabbat services during the winter.