Temple Israel Senior Rabbi Search Committee

The Temple Israel Senior Rabbi Search Committee is co-chaired by Andie Gordman and Dan Gilbert, both are Trustees and both have professional backgrounds that will add significant expertise to this process. Andie is a Senior Consultant with Silverstone Group’s Human Capital group and has extensive experience recruiting executives for leadership roles in organizations throughout our region. Dan has led strategic planning and visioning sessions for learning organizations around the world and is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance.

In addition to Andie and Dan, the committee consists of a diverse set of Temple Israel members: Denise Blake, Larry Budwig, Justin Cooper, Jim Farber, Naomi Fox, Cindy Goldberg, Wendy Hamilton, Danielle Howell, Lester Katz, Steve Levenger, Jon Meyers, Troy Meyerson, Joe Murphy, Susie Norton, Shayna Ray, Jane Rips, David Saylan, Harley Schrager, Jeff Schweid, Dorothy Spizman and Rosie Zweiback.  

In the spring of 2016, the committee is charged with creating a job description that reflects what our congregation wants and needs. Candidates will apply over the summer. In the early fall, the committee will conduct multiple interviews with the strongest candidates to identify the very best leader for the next chapter in Temple’s history. The committee hopes to announce the new senior rabbi by the end of 2016.

Temple Israel Assistant Rabbi Search Committee

The Temple Israel Assistant Rabbi Search Committee was formed in January 2016 and represents a broad cross-section of Temple Israel's membership. The committee is: Rosie Zweiback (chair), Jessica Cohn, Rachel Dysico, Mike Halsted, Jill Idelman, Brandon Koom, Stan Krieger, Dan Marburg, Jeff Platt, Silvia Roffman and Cantor Wendy Shermet

The committee has worked diligently throughout 2016 to bring a wonderful assistant rabbi to Omaha to join our Temple Israel family. After reviewing multiple applications and meeting several candidates in person at Hebrew Union College, the search committee has brought the most promising candidates to Omaha for onsite interviews. The committee's goal is to have our next assistant rabbi join our community early in the summer of 2016. There will be multiple opportunities for the congregation to welcome our new clergy; please watch Temple Israel communications for more details.

The Temple Israel Interim Rabbi Search Committee

The Temple Israel Interim Rabbi Search Committee worked in the summer and fall of 2015 to identify the best candidate to lead our congregation during the 2016-2017 program year. According to the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), “A synagogue’s work with a trained interim rabbi allows time for thoughtful, intentional work, strengthening congregations for a healthy search process… Ultimately, the interim process enables the success of the relationship with the next settled rabbi."

This committee consisted of: Rosie Zweiback, Chairperson, Dennis DePorte, Dan Gilbert, Scott Goodman, Andie Gordman, Mike Halsted, Sally Kaplan, Jane Rips, Dorothy Spizman, and Louri Sullivan. The committee created a job description, reviewed more than ten resumes and invited two finalists for in-person interviews. Temple Israel is thrilled that Rabbi Darryl Crystal will serve us as our interim rabbi for the 2016-2017 year and help us navigate the transition to our next senior rabbi.

The Temple Israel Transition Committee

The Temple Israel Transition Committee is led by co-chairs Jane Rips & Sally Kaplan. They are joined by Board of Trustees members Dan Gilbert, Scott Goodman, Andie Gordman and Louri Sullivan. This committee is advising Temple Israel President Mike Halsted on creating opportunities to honor and celebrate Rabbi Azriel and engage the congregation as we celebrate his leadership, vision, and contributions to our congregation.

The transition committee has also reviewed best practices from the CCAR and URJ and has communicated with specific congregations across the country that have gone through transitions that follow the rabbinic retirements. Building on these insights and our congregation’s mission, the committee’s goal is to create a path forward that connects our storied past with our exciting future.