Rabbi Searches Are Tough, but Are They Illegal?

By Barack D. Richman

Forward Association, September 29, 2010

As a member of my synagogue’s rabbi search committee, I was deeply troubled to learn of the rules imposed by the Rabbinical Assembly, the Conservative movement’s governing rabbinical body, on rabbinic searches. The RA requires synagogues to enroll exclusively in its search process, filters the selection of candidates the congregations may interview, and prohibits candidates and congregations from finding each other directly. Any Conservative rabbi who seeks a pulpit outside the RA’s centralized process, and any congregation that interviews candidates from other movements, will be penalized.

Topic: Masorti Judaism, Rabbinate, Conservative Judaism, Law, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: Jewish Daily Forward

Editor: Eisner, Jane

Genre: Opinion

Coverage: North America

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Richman, Barack D. Rabbi Searches Are Tough, but Are They Illegal?. Jewish Daily Forward. Forward Association. 29 September 2010: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7239


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