Cantor Search Updates

New Cantor Search & Celebrating Cantor Croen

When Cantor Laura Croen announced her retirement after nearly 30 years at Temple Sinai, our congregation responded in several ways. We felt sad to anticipate her goodbye and happy for Cantor Croen and her family as they embrace the opportunities and excitement of their next chapter. We formed a committee who began planning events and other ways to celebrate Laura and the incredible impact she’s had on our community. We formed a task force to learn about the current state of the Reform cantorate, explore possibilities for the future of our clergy team, and engage our members to learn what you value most in your clergy in general and cantors in particular. They met for several months in the first half of 2022 and produced a report summarizing their work. Read the report here. Finally, we created a search committee to lead our efforts to recruit and select our next cantor. The participants on each of these committees are: 

 

Celebrate Cantor Croen Team

Carole Brand
Stephanie Lebow
Lafe Solomon
Myra Weinberg

Future Cantor Task Force

Bobbe Mintz, Chair
Jeff Berger
Stacy Cantor
Katie Herman
Joshua Mintz
Sara Rosenblum
Steve Sacks
Marcie Solomon
Anita Stoll
Rabbi Hannah Goldstein
Rabbi Jonathan Roos

Cantor Search Committee

Anita Stoll, Chair
Catherine Gibson
Stephanie Lebow
Ginny Levin
Anthony Murphy
Rabbi Jonathan Roos
Deborah Smolover
Marcie Solomon
Seth Speyer
Myra Weinberg

Save the dates for these events celebrating Cantor Laura Croen:

Shabbat Shira: February 24, 2023
Six13 Concert: March 19, 2023
Celebration for Cantor Croen: April 29, 2023
Shabbat Honoring Cantor Croen: June 2, 2023

Updates from the Search Committee

November 29, 2022

We have received more applications in the past weeks and have some outstanding candidates to consider. We just hosted our first in-person interview and audition with a finalist. We expect to have others join us in the coming weeks. We are excited and energized by the process and candidates we have met so far. We do not have a firm deadline by which we must select a cantor but we expect to be able to make a recommendation to the Board by February (if not sooner) and will keep you posted as the timeline becomes more clear. These visits are critical opportunities to learn more about the candidates, introduce ourselves more fully to them, hear them sing and teach, and see how well we fit with other. For each audition, the cantors sing a variety of pieces through which they can demonstrate their talent, styles, and preferences. It’s a combination of High Holy Days, Tot Shabbat, B Mitzvah Service, and Cantor’s Concert all in 30 minutes! The auditions are kept to a limited pool of attendees who are representative of the congregation’s demographics and avenues of engagement – members of the search committee, the future cantor task force, the temple board, committee chairs, and clergy and senior staff. This group of approximately 50 people includes all ages and interests across the congregation. The names of the board and committee members are on this website. We continue to welcome your input, feedback, and questions. Contact Anita Stoll, committee chair (aks31@yahoo.com).

On behalf of the search committee, Anita Stoll and Rabbi Jonathan Roos

 
November 11, 2022

Our committee has received several applications so far and invited three candidates for initial interviews on Zoom. Those interviews are occurring over the next two weeks.

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