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Focus Groups are Upcoming as We Await Candidate Applications

October 1, 2021

Focus Groups are Upcoming as We Await Candidate Applications

Dear Friends:

Now that the congregation survey is completed and results have been analyzed, the Rabbinic Search Committee has turned its attention to planning the upcoming Focus Groups. Coordinated by Liz Kaufman-Taylor, Marijke Shenkman and Andrew Altman, these will be opportunities for KI members to gather in small, facilitated groups – some in-person and others virtually – to discuss important attributes of the next KI Rabbi and to envision ways to build on our robust community and secure our future together. An email invitation will be sent to all members soon. Those KI members interested in sharing their perspectives are encouraged to return the requested form as this is yet another way to be part of the process and for your voice to be heard. We look forward to your participation.

Our detailed application to post our rabbinic search was completed and submitted to the Placement Office of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). We expect it to be posted on the CCAR website in the next several days. The first group of applicants will be sent to us in the next few weeks, and the committee will review the applications and invite candidates for the first virtual interviews. Search Committee members have been creating thoughtful interview questions so that we can evaluate which candidate will be the best fit for KI.

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact either of us at or at our individual email addresses below.

Until next month – or sooner if we have specific updates…


Janice Schwartz-Donahue (

Karen Sirota (

Rabbinic Search Committee Co-Chairs