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Rabbi Search and Transition

Mazal Tov to Rabbi Amy on her coming retirement in June 2023!

Welcome to OZ’s Rabbi Search page.  As new information develops, we will add it here.  Questions can be sent to our search committee co-chairs Judy Danzig and Rich Berger by emailing [email protected] or through our website contact form.


September 21, 2022

Ohavi Zedek released its rabbi job description and began accepting applicants.

September 15, 2022

OZ held its Special Congregation meeting about the rabbinic search.

September 9, 2022

The following message was shared by OZ’s President, Jeff Potash:

“At our annual meeting in June, we proposed coming to the congregation in September to share options for hiring a part or half time Rabbi and to elicit the congregation’s preference in a vote. However, since June, we have raised funds (three year pledges from a small number of our congregants) … [that] … will allow our congregation to move forward with hiring a full-time replacement for Rabbi Amy beginning in July, 2023…”

A diverse Rabbinic Search Committee made up of 14 individuals has been assembled, and includes members with involvement in many areas of OZ life, including preschool and Hebrew School, social justice, family engagement, religious & spiritual, disability inclusion, young professional, Jewish culture, interfaith families and Jews by choice. 

Timeline and Tasks can be accessed by clicking here.

July 18, 2022

OZ President Jeff Potash announced, “With guidance and support from our congregation, we are forming a Rabbinic Transition committee with which to determine how best to find a partner for Cantor Steve. You will be hearing more from us as we reach out to the congregation for further guidance in the months to come. Additionally, we are planning a special September Congregational meeting to finalize plans for our Rabbinic search.”

June 2022 Annual Meeting

Transition planning was discussed at the annual meeting.

May and June 2022

OZ’s leadership hosted nine ‘listening sessions’ – zoom and in-person meetings of members to hear feedback and discuss ideas around the future of our clergy.  Nearly 100 people participated.

January 20, 2022

OZ President Jeff Potash shared this message with the congregation, “With the announced retirement of Rabbi Amy, the board has decided to begin a community conversation to determine what our clergy leadership should look like in the fall of 2023. Starting in early spring and extending to early summer, we will be reaching out to every congregant and offering you an opportunity to engage in small discussion groups on different opportunities for the future. Our goal is to have a clear direction for our clergy leadership before the High Holidays.”


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