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Sukkat Shalom Rabbinic Search Committee Congregational Information
Sukkat Shalom has established a Rabbinic Search Committee to lead the formal search for a new senior rabbi. The committee is operating in accordance with the placement procedures of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR).
Based on the congregation-wide survey and focus groups, the Search Committee is working with a rabbinic search consultant to develop the rabbinic profile that will help create the formal application to post with the CCAR. A timeline is included in the FAQ, detailing when the committee will review candidate applications; conduct and host interviews, and recommend a  selected rabbinic candidate to the Sukkat Shalom Board.
A Transition Committee oversees the entire process, including engaging the search consultant, conducting research, and planning for recognizing and celebrating Rabbi Gordon’s retirement.
To reach out to committee chairs, or for other information, please send a note to

Rabbi Search News and Updates

Week ending August 6, 2022

We are writing to let you know that we have formally begun the search process for our next Senior Rabbi by submitting our application to the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR).

Based on the feedback from the candidates we interviewed last year and feedback from other search committees, we have taken a different approach to this year’s search. Since our last search, our clergy and staff have been very proactive in informing Reform rabbis around the country about Sukkat Shalom, identifying potential candidates for our position, and encouraging them to enter the CCAR placement process.

We have also hired a veteran Reform rabbi with deep expertise in the placement process to assist us in spreading the word, updating our application, and revising our process over candidate interviews and visits.

The entire Rabbinic Search Committee is continuing to serve -- bringing the knowledge, experience, and insight gained during last year’s search.

We are confident that this year’s search will come to a successful conclusion to find a senior rabbi who is right for Sukkat Shalom. Our next senior rabbi will join us secure in the knowledge that our congregation is well served by Rabbi Carlie Daniels as our Acting Senior Rabbi, ably assisted by Kenny Lyonswright, Director of Liturgical Music and Pastoral Care. We have added Rabbi Allison Tick Brill to serve as Adjunct Rabbi, and Missy Bell, RJE, as our new Director of Family Education. 

Our lineup of clergy and staff is strong and well prepared to meet the spiritual, pastoral, and educational needs of our congregants and families.

We have received wonderful accolades on our application to CCAR and invite you to view our current application at this link. We will be sure to keep you updated on the progress of our search through the Sukkat Shalom website and through regular communications like this one.

Thank you for your continuing interest and support, which makes Sukkat Shalom the very special place it is. Please feel free to share your thoughts, concerns, or questions with any of us at any time.


Week ending January 8, 2022
We are pleased to begin the New Year with the following news: The Rabbinic Search Committee has recommended, and the Board of Directors has approved, Rabbi Carlie Daniels as Acting Senior Rabbi for Congregation Sukkat Shalom, July 1, 2022- June 30, 2023.

We are thrilled that Rabbi Daniels has agreed to take on this important role for the year following Rabbi Gordon’s retirement while we begin a new, national search for a permanent Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Daniels is a treasured member of our clergy and has formed deep relationships with many of our members and their children over the past 6 years she has been with Sukkat Shalom.  Along with Cantorial Soloist Kenny Lyonswright and Executive Director Andy Schultz, she will provide comfort and continuity as we continue our search for a Senior Rabbi.

In addition, the congregation will begin a search immediately for an assistant or associate rabbi to start by mid-year. This new clergy member will be responsible for our Family and Adult Education programs, currently run by Rabbi Daniels, as well as performing worship services and providing pastoral care. 

Together, we will ensure that Congregation Sukkat Shalom continues to grow and evolve while maintaining our core values of strong personal relationships, inclusion, and honoring each member of our congregation.

Week ending December 24, 2021
The Rabbinic Search Committee carried out a rigorous process, beginning in April 2021, to identify a senior rabbi who shares our values and is best prepared to lead us into the future.  We reviewed dozens of resumes, conducted 15 virtual interviews, and invited two rabbis to visit and meet with members of the congregation. The search committee did not secure either candidate in the position, so our search for a senior rabbi will continue.
We are working closely with the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) to select a senior rabbi to succeed Rabbi Gordon when he retires on June 30, 2022, and are looking at both short and long-term options.  We expect to have a definite course of action to share with you shortly after the winter break.
Week ending November 6
The final stages of our search for a senior rabbi to succeed Rabbi Gordon included inviting two finalists to visit Sukkat Shalom for third-round interviews. During this time, the candidates had the opportunity to meet with our clergy, staff, and congregants representing a variety of constituencies including Family School and B’nai Mitzvah families, Social Justice Committee members, Senior Men’s group, individuals from Women’s Connections, and Touchpoints, and Torah Study Group members. The candidates each delivered a presentation and participated in Q&A sessions that were shared on line and in person at the synagogue. The visits we conducted in late November and into mid-December.


The Search Committee made its final deliberations by the end of the year, with a recommendation for the next senior rabbi delivered to the Board of Directors, a recommendation which would then need to be approved by an online vote of the entire congregation.

Week ending September 25. Please click here for an update from the Rabbinic Search Committee, and here for a photo of the committee meeting on Zoom!

Week ending September 4. The Rabbinic Search Committee is happy to report that it is actively receiving and reviewing rabbinic resumes and has begun interviewing candidates.  Due to the rolling nature of the application process, we expect this process to go into the late fall.  We will continue to update the congregation with any new developments and wish you all L'Shana Tova, a good and sweet New Year!

Week ending July 2. Sukkat Shalom Survey Response Report. Members have inquired about the online survey conducted this spring to assist the Transition and Search Committees to better understand the vision, values, and skills the congregation seeks in a new senior rabbi. We are pleased to be able to share the data report of this survey when you click here. This is a colorful graphic display of responses, along with tables of the survey data. Questions? Andy at

Week ending June 19. To see the Covenant for the Rabbinic Search Committee, please click here.
Week ending June 5. To read a letter from Transition Committee Chair, John Kupper, on the recent congregational focus groups, please click here.
Week ending May 29. To read a message from Rabbi Gordon on the search process, please click here.


Please reach out to us at or use the Contact Form below if you have any questions and suggestions for the committee.


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