Today is July 18, 2018 /

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FAQs

FAQs

Q:  When is Rabbi Berkowitz starting?
A:  Rabbi Berkowitz joins the Kol Ami family July 1 and wants to meet with members and the community.

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Q:  Will we still have Shabbat on the Meadow and when does this begin with Rabbi Berkowitz?
A:  Rabbi Berkowitz will lead erev Shabbat services on the meadow throughout the summer with Rebecca Schwartz leading us in prayer and song on Friday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. (5:45 p.m. BYOD).  The Congregation, through our Worship Enhancement Committee will be hosting four Shabbat potlucks throughout the summer. The first will take place on Saturday, July 7 at 10:00 a.m. where Rabbi Berkowitz will join members at the home of Bill and Betty Shapiro.   Space is limited for Shabbat services in our member’s homes, so please let Bill and Betty know if you plan to attend and we can plan ahead. Look for more dates on services and potlucks on our congregational calendar.

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Q: When and how does Rabbi Berkowitz plan on working with our Congregational Committees?
A:  Congregational  committees are the lifeblood of our programming. Our committees connect members to each other, advance our values of social justice, and help us connect to the Jewish faith. Recognizing their importance to our mission, Rabbi Berkowitz is going to meet with each committee chair over the summer to learn about their activities and provide support.

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Q:  How will our programming and calendar change?
A:  Rabbi Berkowitz wants to support our current schedule and plans for our education programs – both for adults and young people. She does not want to disrupt students in the middle of preparation for their B’Nai Mitzvahs.  Rabbi Holin, Rabbi Berkowitz and Elaine Stevens are working together to successfully coordinate this planning.

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Q: Are There Other Ways to Connect?
A:  Rabbi Berkowitz is committed to meeting each of you and learning from you over the next twelve months. We will be hosting small get-togethers throughout year so each of us can have individual time with the new Rabbi. Look for our next Pulse in June, which will ask you for ways you want to help.

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Q: If I have questions where can I ask; I want to help with the transition, how do I do so?
A:  If you have questions, suggestions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Transition Co-Chairs (Ilene Schafer, Barry Boise); any member of our Board of Trustees, or email your questions or comments to questions@kolamielkinspark.org.

Q. What are the essential facts of Rabbi Holin’s retirement announcement?
A. Turning 70 this year, Rabbi Holin will retire at the end of June, 2018. He and Susan will remain in Philadelphia but will be devoting more time to travel, family, and other activities.

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Q. Will there be any other changes to the spiritual, educational or administrative leadership of our Congregation?
A. No. Key personnel including our cantorial soloist, Rebecca Schwartz, our Director ofthe Early Learning Center, Sheri Cutler, and Elaine Stevens, our longtime Executive Director are all in place and committed to helping build our “Bridge to the Future”, our Gesher L’Ahteed.

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Q. How will we be selecting a new spiritual leader for our congregation?
A. Our Rabbinic transition will occur in three phases:

  • Phase 1, “Engagement”, has already commenced and will continue through July, 2017. This important phase will map out a clear vision and set priorities for our future by directly engaging our congregation in an active dialogue using every available tool (meetings large and small, our website, committee work).
  • Phase 2, “Implementation”, will begin August, 2017 through January, 2018 during which formal recruitment will occur through the leadership of our search committee.
  • Finally, Phase 3 will take place between January and June, 2018 where  we will settle upon and conduct negotiations to have our new Rabbi in place by July, 2018.

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Q. How can I help or become involved?
A. There are many opportunities during each of the three phases to become involved. Please contact one of our committee chairs corresponding to the phase(s) in which you’d like to help or be involved. Send inquiries questions@kolamielkinspark.org to learn more about committees, their purpose and leadership, or just call us.

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Q. Will we be recognizing Rabbi Holin for his many years of service and leadership?
A. Yes. An important part of creating “Gesher L’Ahteed“, our bridge to the future, is honoring and celebrating our friend and spiritual leader. Our “Gesher“, our bridge, serves to connect our rich history to our promise for the future. This transition is truly an opportunity to create continuity and renewal, and growth. There is no better way to cement this connection, to build this “Bridge”, than by celebrating Rabbi Holin.