BI Clergy Search

A Special Message from BI’s Clergy Search Committee

We would like to share a little news and clarify once again our committee’s search objectives. Gaynor Levin, who has served as Beth Israel’s outstanding program director on a part time basis for 18 years, has decided to take on new responsibilities in our synagogue. She will remain an integral part of the Beth Israel staff. But we will now need to hire a new person to take on the program director responsibilities.  Since Cantor Lawrence Szenes-Strauss will also leave by the end of this July, we are currently searching to hire one full time position and one part time position. Between these two positions we need to meet three particular needs.

  1. Musical support, growth and leadership. This includes but is not limited to leading services on Shabbat and holidays and musical programming such as choirs.
  2. Extra help in serving the clergy and pastoral needs of our synagogue.
  3. Program directing.

We have decided to cast a wide net and think outside the box a little. Here are the possibilities:


            Possibility 1

A full time Assistant Rabbi, with

programming responsibilities.

AND a part time Cantor


            Possibility 2

A full time Cantor

AND a part time

Program Director


At the moment we are very busy vetting and interviewing candidates.  Our goal is to bring the best people to Congregation Beth Israel’s staff.

We are pleased to announce that our next candidate for our open clergy position, Rabbi Ilan Schwartz, is going to visit Congregation Beth Israel on March 18th and 19th. Rabbi Schwartz is going to graduate from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles this May.

Since he will be here on weekdays we want to make a special request that you do all that you can to come and meet him.

Please note the following opportunities to meet Rabbi Schwartz:

Wednesday March 18

5:30pm     Meet and Greet at BI  

6:00 pm    Minyan led by Rabbi Schwartz, followed by a teaching.

Thursday March 19 Morning Minyan with D'var Torah by Rabbi Schwartz.