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Senior Rabbinic Search

In September 2021, the Valley Beth Shalom Community announced our embarkment on a nationwide rabbinic search, at a level that has not been conducted in over fifty years.

Identifying a rabbi who will meet the spiritual needs of our large, diverse and growing community is of foremost importance. In consultation with the Rabbinic Assembly and adhering to best practices for a search of this scope, VBS has appointed a Senior Rabbinic Search Committee lead by co-chairs Roslyn Grinberg and Nurit Robin. We are fortunate to have the support of Rabbi Feinstein, Executive Director Matthew Weintraub, and our Boards of Directors and Trustees in conducting this search. 

The Rabbinic Search Committee introduces Rabbi Carnie Rose, a candidate being considered for the VBS Senior Rabbi position.

Rabbi Rose will be visiting VBS from November 21-24, 2021. There will be both in-person and online opportunities for interaction throughout his visit, providing opportunities to engage with Rabbi Rose and to be a part of this important process. We look forward to the participation and feedback of our community.

*Masks and proof of vaccination required to participate in all in-person events.

Sunday, November 21

"Making the Case for Synagogue Life in the 21st Century."

6:30pm In-person Meet & Greet

7:00pm Online and on-site, Rabbi Rose will share his vision of synagogue life, followed by a discussion with VBS President, Jeff Goss.

Monday, November 22

8:15am Day School and ECLC Parents Meet & Greet

9:15am ECC Parents Meet & Greet

5:00pm Rabbi Rose will join Evening Minyan

Tuesday, November 23

7:30am Worship and schmooze with Rabbi Rose at Morning Minyan

12:00pm Lunch & Learn (online only) Online Torah Study led by Rabbi Rose.

5:00pm Rabbi Rose will join Evening Minyan

Wednesday, November 24

7:30 am Worship and schmooze with Rabbi Rose at Morning Minyan

Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose currently serves as Senior Rabbi at Congregation B'nai Amoona in St. Louis, MO and is a nationally recognized rabbi. He has lived, studied, trained, and taught throughout the world- including stints in Canada, the Far East, Europe, and Israel, with which he has an especially deep connection. An accomplished scholar, Rabbi Rose is deeply committed to inclusion and pluralism, continually striving to find innovative ways to make Jewish tradition and wisdom existentially relevant for contemporary seekers. He is a dynamic and passionate teacher and preacher, and works diligently to bridge the ways of the past with the needs of the present for the sake of the future. Rabbi Rose is a loving husband and father. He and his wife, Paulie, a native Angeleno, have four wonderful children.

Message from Rabbi Ed Feinstein

October 27, 2021

Dear VBS Friends,

In 1993, Rabbi Schulweis invited me to join him as a rabbi at VBS. I grew up here in the Valley and have revered Rabbi Schulweis since I was a teenager. It was an honor to accept his offer and a joy to work closely with him. Rabbi Schulweis surprised me one morning in 2005, when he came into my office and announced that we were switching jobs. He invited me to become the congregation’s Senior Rabbi while he would continue to serve the community as a teacher, pastor, and visionary leader. “It’s time,” he announced. 

Today, I find myself in the same position. I have informed the synagogue’s leadership that “It’s time” — time for someone else to step into the role of VBS’s Senior Rabbi, to shape the future of this congregation. I plan to continue to serve as a Rabbi at VBS — teaching adults and children, sharing comfort and care, celebrating sacred moments, and offering my visions for our future together. But it’s time for a new Senior Rabbi.

To make this transition happen, the VBS leadership has established a Rabbinic Search Committee, chaired by two very capable leaders — Nurit Robin and Roslyn Grinberg. The Search Committee is made up of dedicated members from every part of our VBS community. I will certainly share my insights with the Search Committee, but this process belongs to the Committee, and beyond them, to the entire VBS community.

The Search Committee has begun working with the Rabbinical Assembly, the national organization of Conservative rabbis, to solicit applications and begin our search. Over the course of the next months, we anticipate that the Search Committee will be talking with many potential candidates — interviewing, vetting, and eventually inviting a select few to visit VBS. At that point, the congregation will be invited to meet and evaluate our final candidates.

This is the first time in more than fifty years that Valley Beth Shalom has engaged in a national search for a new Senior Rabbi. This certainly brings a level of anxiety, but VBS is a strong synagogue with a uniquely powerful culture. I have every confidence that new rabbinic leadership will bring new inspiration and new energy to our community. I have great faith in our future together.

Over the months ahead, our Search Chairs, Nurit and Roslyn, will be reporting to you on the progress of our search. I am sure they would welcome your suggestions, comments, and recommendations. And of course, during this time I am here to share all the depth and joy of Jewish life that we so cherish at VBS.

With my blessings,

Rabbi Ed Feinstein

Rabbinic Search Update

November 10, 2021

Dear VBS Community,

In September, our Rabbinic Search Chairs shared information with our community about an exciting next chapter for VBS: the formation of our Rabbinic Search Committee and the launch of a nationwide search for a new Senior Rabbi. In October, Rabbi Feinstein followed with a letter to the community explaining his decision to take a step back from his Senior Rabbinic duties while remaining an active member of our rabbinic team. While it’s hard to imagine anyone but Rabbi Feinstein as our Senior Rabbi, we understand that, as he says, it’s time.

I’m sure many of you have questions and I think it’s important to communicate as much as possible about this transition. Most importantly, we are fortunate that Rabbi Feinstein has made it clear he intends to remain on our rabbinic team for many years to come.

Passing on the duties and title of Senior Rabbi to the new rabbi will allow Rabbi Feinstein to spend more time with his family. We are fortunate – and I am deeply grateful – for his leadership as he works closely with our Rabbinic Search Committee, Executive Director Matt Weintraub, and our lay leaders to help identify a new Senior Rabbi. Our goal is that this new rabbi will build on the foundation that Rabbi Feinstein and Rabbi Schulweis have created for this very special and deeply engaged Community.

As we work together to find and welcome the next Senior Rabbi of VBS, we are optimistic that we will identify a thought leader who will teach and engage our community and share a vision for the growth and evolution of VBS for generations to come. 

As we herald this exciting transition, I want to invite you to continue asking questions and sharing your thoughts. With that in mind, as promised, Rabbi Feinstein and I will be hosting a Town Hall in December about the Senior Rabbi search and the rabbinical transition. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us in person or remotely the evening of Tuesday, December 14. An email with RSVP and details for attending the town hall will be sent to the community.

Thank you all for your commitment to and care for VBS.

Jeffrey Goss

Sat, November 27 2021 23 Kislev 5782