Rabbinic Search

We wanted to provide an update on the rabbinic search process and announce our planned Rabbinic Candidate Visit Weekends on March 20-22 and 27-29. 

Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word about the job posting! We received many applications and are currently interviewing several strong candidates. The strength of our applicants is a testament to the strength of our community: people want to be our rabbi.

We expect that our two finalists (TBD) will join our community for Candidate Visit Weekends Shabbat Parshat Vayakel-Pkudei March 20-22 and Parshat Vayikra March 27-29.

On Friday evening the Rabbis will give Dvar Torah. On Saturday morning, the Rabbis will lead services, lead a short Torah discussion, and read Torah. On Sunday afternoon, we will host meet and greet/question and answer session where community members will be able to get to know the rabbi candidates. The Shabbat services will be at our current location on Lochstead Ave, and the meet and greet sessions will be Sundays March 22 and 29 from 3-5pm at First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain.  Childcare will be provided, and older children are invited to join the adults in asking questions. There will be an online survey available following the visits where folks will be able to provide their input to the search committee.

Please mark your calendars so you can meet our next Rabbi!


As always, email rabbinicsearch@neharshalom.org with any questions or feedback!


Welcome to the Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue Rabbinic Search Info Corner! We aim to have an open and transparent process and want to be sure all members of our community can check in regularly with us. Below we will share who we are, our values guiding the process, and our timeline.

The Rabbinic Search Committee is being led by board member Gabriella Spitzer (they/them). On the committee are Nehar Shalom members Elana Brochin (she/her), Bruce Ecker (he/him), Mark Finklestein (he/him), Aviva Herr-Welber (she/her), Erica Mintzer (she/her), and Board President Adina Koch (she/her). These members represent many facets of our community and are committed to ensuring we find leadership that meets the needs of our entire community.

 The committee is committed to ensuring a fair and just process to find our next leader. We aim for a process which includes representation and voices from all parts of our community, including yours!

 The committee is being guided by these values:

  • Kindness, listening, and respect
  • Productive disagreement
  • Confidentiality
  • Transparency
  • Patience
  • Urgency

 We are also adhering to integrity policies that include conflict of interest, confidentially and communication policies. These policies are linked here.

 Search Process:

  The search process started with community conversations at the Spring 2019 House Meetings, Fall 2019 Community Meeting, discussions with Rabbi Victor, and other informal conversations throughout the community. 

The Rabbinic Search Committee used the information from the community conversations to develop the rabbinic job description. It will be released to the public in early January 2020. This will be shared on the members listserv, through rabbinical school and networks, and on the wide-reaching Jewishjobs.com. Please share it widely!

  During February and early March the search committee will be conducting the first two rounds of interviews. Interview round one is with two members of the committee who do not have a prior relationship with the candidate, to the greatest extent possible. Candidates who move on to round two will interview with the entire search committee.

  In late March, the final two candidates will each be invited to spend a weekend with our community where they will lead services and give a drash or lead study. We will also conduct an open community interview, inviting all members.

  After these visit weekends, community members will be invited to submit anonymous feedback to the rabbinic search committee.

  Finally, in April of 2020 the Rabbinic Search Committee will submit a recommendation for hire to the Board of Directors.

 In effort to keep confidentiality and integrity, the Search Committee will not be sharing information about candidates until the two finalists are brought in to meet the community.

 If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback or input about any part of this process, please reach out to Rabbinic Search Committee Chair Gabriella Spitzer, gabriella.spitzer [at] gmail [dot] com or Board President Adina Koch, adinakoch [at] gmail [dot] com.

 We look forward to hearing your input!