Sign In Forgot Password
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.

Rabbi Search News and Updates

Week ending November 6.

Dear Fellow Congregants:
I hope this finds you and your families well.
We are quickly approaching the final stages of our search for a senior rabbi to succeed Rabbi Gordon and I’d like to share the selection process as it unfolds in the weeks ahead.  In response to our application, the Rabbinic Search Committee has received many applications that have been given close review.  Its members have conducted online interviews with many impressive candidates – some of them for a second time.
Soon, the Search Committee will be inviting up to three finalists to visit Sukkat Shalom for third-round interviews. During this time, the candidates will have 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 visits will be scheduled between November 28th and December 15th.
During their two days with Sukkat Shalom, each visiting rabbi will engage in conversation, answer questions, and may also share a D’var Torah or other presentation in our sanctuary for congregants able to attend in person or online.  This way, every member of the congregation will have a chance to hear and see the candidates and complete an evaluation form for the Search Committee.
We are doing our best to accommodate additional smaller-group meetings, following the Covid-19 protocols issued by the Central Conference of American Rabbis and our own congregation.
The Search Committee is planning to undertake its final deliberations by the end of the year, with a recommendation for the next senior rabbi delivered to the Board of Directors early in the new year.  That recommendation must be approved by a vote of the entire congregation, which will be conducted online. Therefore, I sincerely hope you can participate in the opportunities outlined above.
We appreciate your continuing interest and involvement in this process and are very excited that we will soon meet the next senior rabbi of Congregation Sukkat Shalom. You will receive subsequent communications with further detail as plans are confirmed.  As always, please feel free to share any thoughts or questions with Search Committee Co-Chairs Andrea Pauls Backman and Cathy Baker, Transition Committee Chair John Kupper, or me.  It is an honor to serve as President during such an important time in the life of our congregation.


Lisa Fingerhut Carlton
Congregation Sukkat Shalom

To reach out to me or the committee chairs, or for other information, please send a note to

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.


Sun, January 16 2022 14 Sh'vat 5782