Special Message from our Board President
Click here to watch the Board’s strategic plan for Shaarie Torah’s bright future.
Dear Congregation Shaarie Torah (CST) Community,
We are writing to share some important news: after much deliberation, Rabbi Rose has decided that he wants to pursue a different career path in the future and no longer serve as a congregational rabbi. Therefore, he will conclude his role as Shaarie Torah’s rabbi in June of 2021. While we are saddened by the Rabbi’s decision, we are 100% supportive of it. We are also happy that Rabbi Rose and his family will stay in Portland and plan to remain connected to the Shaarie Torah community. We will be forever grateful to Rabbi Rose for his committed service and leadership to CST. Rabbi Rose’s personal note to you is included at the bottom of this letter.
While Rabbi Rose’s departure from CST is not for another 18 months, the Board has already begun the Rabbinical Search process with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (the umbrella organization for Conservative Judaism, of which CST is a member). The Board is confident that this process will result in hiring a rabbi who will lead, instruct, and inspire our community, just as Rabbi Rose has done for the past 6 years.
While the departure and replacement of a beloved rabbi is never easy, it is a challenge that countless synagogues have successfully met before. The meticulous hiring process your CST board put in place, which resulted in the successful hire of our excellent Executive Director, Jemi Kostiner Mansfield, is also being implemented to find and hire a full-time Education Director in the spring of 2020, and will continue to be leveraged for the Rabbinical Search through 2021.
The Rabbi’s departure also coincides with a Board decision to produce a multi-year strategic plan with the goal to create an innovative institution of Conservative Judaism. Our welcoming community, grounded in tradition, is primed to bring life, energy, and culture into CST and the wider Portland Jewish community. And we will have Rabbi Rose’s guidance as we undertake this planning process and the transition in general.
Please take a moment to view the video clip to learn more about the Board’s strategic plans. Click here to view the video.
The Board will be in regular communication over the next 18 months, and we welcome your questions and feedback; please feel free to contact the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org or the CST Future Committee directly at CSTFuture@shaarietorah.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
In closing, we are deeply thankful to Rabbi Rose and Channah for all that they have given to our community, and we wish them the very best.
Daniel Petcher, Board President
A Letter from Rabbi Joshua Rose
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