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Embarking on a New Era 

Ohr Kodesh is rare among communities to have enjoyed the continuity and spiritual leadership of only two rabbis in its 70+ year history.

The time has come to embark on a new era and we look forward to an exciting future.

Current Status & Upcoming Plans: 

In February, we are delighted to welcome three phenomenal rabbis to “virtual visits” – when we will share opportunities for prayer, learning and conversation over three exciting Zoom weekends.

Each weekend will showcase both the visiting rabbi’s impressive talents as well as our unique and diverse membership.  

Members may sign up NOW for events during each rabbi's visit. Please click the "Rabbinic Candidates & Visits" box (above). Remember, you must be logged in to your OKC account to access the Schedule & Sign Up pages (log in info here)

January 11

The Rabbi Search Committee is pleased to share the news that we have invited three phenomenal candidates for virtual visits with the Ohr Kodesh Congregation community. Our rigorous interview process was designed to find the best potential rabbi to guide OKC in the next chapter of spiritual and communal leadership, and we are certain that these visits will both inspire and guide the final recommendation.

Our invited candidates are Rabbi Corey Helfand, Rabbi Daniel Nevins, and Rabbi Eytan Kenter. Please visit HERE to read brief introductions to these remarkable rabbis. You must be logged into your OKC account to access this section.

You will be invited to participate in a virtual small group and/or communal sessions with our rabbinic candidates and to give your feedback to the Search Committee.

 Virtual visits are planned for Thursdays-through-Sundays, with no programming during Shabbat. In the days before each visit, we will invite everyone to attend large-group sessions. In addition, sign-ups will be open for members to take part in small-group sessions. To maximize everyone's chance to interact with the candidate, some sessions will have a limited capacity; please sign up for only ONE limited-capacity session per visit.

Want to hear a sermon or a Q&A session? Zoom in on Thursday evening!

Prefer adult education? Join Sunday afternoon!

Want a small group informal conversation? Several limited-capacity sessions on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday will be available.

Join a prayer service? Minyan on Thursday evening, Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday afternoon, or Shacharit on Sunday morning!

A post-visit online survey will be open for three days after the visit to record your opinions: please take part! The Rabbi Search Committee expects to move promptly to make a recommendation to the Board of Directors.

Meanwhile, watch your email for further announcements about our candidates, invitation links, and sign-ups.

Questions? Contact Gary Libbin or Kim Price at

Remaining Timeline
(1) inviting finalists for virtual congregational visits (January - February 2021); 
(2) making a hiring recommendation to the Board of Directors (March-April 2021). 

Hiring Process
The process for hiring Conservative Movement rabbis is managed by the Joint Placement Commission (“JPC”). The JPC is a partner- ship between Conservative theological seminaries, the Rabbinical Assembly (“RA”) (representing Conservative rabbis) and the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism (the network of 600+ Conservative communities, including Ohr Kodesh Congregation). This partnership has developed a set of rules and practices that congregations and rabbi-candidates follow for search/hiring, referred to as the “Placement Code.” This includes waiver procedures for congregations wishing to consider rabbis who are not members of the RA. By registering our pulpit position in the JPC process, Ohr Kodesh promises to abide by the rules of this system, and gains access to the highly qualified roster of potential candidates in the Conservative rabbinate. 

The RA Career Center is the central entity that counsels both rabbis and search committees, provides resources, and manages the online placement system. Once we register and submit our answers to the placement questionnaire, our position will be posted to all members of the Conservative rabbinate seeking positions. Interested candidates will then send letters and résumés to us; we will screen and engage candidates in interviews. We will identify finalists who are the best fit for our unique congregation. 

Engaging with Candidates:                                                                                                       The RA has made the decisions to temporarily ban all rabbinic search interviewee travel until at least April of 2021. The Search Committee will focus on offering an all-virtual interview experience our membership needs to evaluate candidates, as well as the experiences we want candidates to share. The Search Committee is just beginning to brainstorm creative ideas to make candidate virtual visits enjoyable and meaningful. 

To illustrate our flexible approach, consider our members’ expressed need to hear the candidate deliver a d’var Torah. There are various formats we can consider. For example, if a traditional weekend visit takes place, the candidate would give a talk from the bimah on Shabbat morning that would be heard by all members who attended the service. In an virtual visit, the talk might be delivered in Zoom format attended by everyone interested, on a day other than Shabbat. 

From the candidates’ perspective, we’d like the finalists to have positive social experiences with different parts of our community. Over a long weekend visit with fewer restrictions than now, segments of the community might host a social event such as a brunch, an afternoon meet-and-greet, or a school-based program. For an all-virtual visit, we might consider a Zoom event with a central Q-and-A session, followed by different break-out rooms. 

We welcome your suggestions as we prepare options over the coming weeks and months. Contact Gary Libbin or Kim Price at

Fri, February 26 2021 14 Adar 5781