Congregation Beth Hatikvah
Saving a Faith by Embracing the Interfaith
Join us for a special Shabbat, Friday evening, April 25th at 7:30 PM
CBH Spiritual Life Chair, Archie Gottesman will lead us in a discussion of this important topic. Check out Archie's article in the NJ Jewish News
Members and Guests Welcome. Oneg to follow.
|Congregation Beth Hatikvah is located at the intersection of Union, Morris, Somerset, and Essex Counties. We think we're building something special here — a progressive community of committed, engaged people, who come together from different Jewish backgrounds and experiences, different traditions, different races, sexual orientation, you name it — and who care about each other, their heritage, and their world. More about CBH...|
Meet our Interim Rabbi
Rabbi Jon Cutler, a native of Philadelphia, PA, earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Temple University in religious studies in 1979 and 1981. He earned a Master of Hebrew Letters and ordination as a Rabbi in 1987 from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Wyncote, PA. In 1996 he earned his Doctor of Ministry from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, NY. More..
Our Search for a permanent rabbi continues...
First, thanks to all of you who took the time and made the effort to join us this past weekend to experience Rabbi Hannah Orden, the second candidate our committee chose to present to you. We were so pleased with the turnout, and the warm welcome you gave her. Each of these weekend-long interviews is, of course, a two-way street. While we certainly want to get to know the Rabbi, we also know the she or he is evaluating us as well.
If you had the chance to observe Rabbi Hannah during any part of her visit last weekend, we want and need your feedback. You have received via e-mail a short survey that can be completed on-line. There are only five questions, and you need answer only the ones you feel you can form an opinion on. Every adult in each household may complete his or her own survey. We have reached out separately to the teens who met Rabbi Orden, and, of course, we expect that if you have kids who interacted with her, you'll get their thoughts as well. If you need us to send you the e-mail again, just let us know.
We also want to share with you some overall statistics that we presented at the congregational meeting last month (updated to reflect more current activity). Overall, we have received and reviewed the resumes of 10 Reconstructionist rabbis and seven non-Reconstructionist rabbis. Of these, we conducted 10 initial interviews primarily by phone. Five of these candidates moved on to second interviews either via Skype or in-person, with one more pending. Finally, we have so far selected two candidates to present to you in person. Each interview takes between one and one-and-a-half hours, and each weekend visit requires extensive planning, so you can see that this is a demanding, time-consuming process. Again, we want to thank our committee members for their total commitment to this task. It is daunting, sometimes frustrating, and always exhausting, and they have all been unstinting in putting forth every effort on behalf of our community. If you see them, please thank them for their continuing commitment.