President’s Breakfast / Congregational Meeting


March 1, 2020    
9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Event Type

Newly Selected Interim Rabbi and Cell tower lease to be voted on after the President’s Breakfast
Invitation from Richard Alter, Temple President

9:30 AM • President’s Breakfast: The Brotherhood and Sisterhood have generously offered to sponsor this event at no cost to attendees. After enjoying breakfast together I’ll have the opportunity to update you regarding the “State of the Temple” followed by a Q&A.

11:00 AM • Congregational Meeting: I’m very pleased to call for a meeting of the congregation on March 1, 2020 @ 11:00 AM. There are two agenda items to be presented to the congregation:

1) Request for approval to enter into a 5-year ground lease with a telecommunications company providing for the installation of a cell phone tower on the northerly most portion of our property (beyond the overflow parking area, in the woods).

2) After an extensive search the rabbinic search committee has recommended hiring a wonderful candidate as our interim rabbi. We now present to the congregation a request for approval to hire, for a one year period, Rabbi Deborah Hirsch as our interim rabbi starting July 1st, 2020. Rabbi Hirsch is currently with The Village Temple in New York City.

Rabbi Deborah Hirsch’s Bio is as follows:
Rabbi Deborah A. Hirsch joined The Village Temple as rabbi on July 1, 2016. Though she is a native of Chicago, Rabbi Hirsch has spent her entire rabbinic career in the metro New York area. Previoulsy she was senior rabbi at Congregation Shaaray Tefila, where she has served as clergy for the past six years. In 2000, Rabbi Hirsch joined the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), where she was the regional director for the Greater New York Council of Reform Synagogues. In 2003, she became the URJ director of regions and supervised the Union’s regional structure throughout North America. Previously she served as rabbi at East End Temple in Manhattan for 15 years.  She has been active in the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) for many years, serving as finance officer, chair of the Nominating Committee, and chair of the Audit Committee. Rabbi Hirsch has also been a faculty member at Eisner, Crane Lake and Kutz Camps. She was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1982, received her Doctor of Ministry there in 1997, and was later awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity from the same institution in 2007.

Rich Alter
Temple President