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Charlene Levine, Chairperson
Daniel Goldstein, Gemma Holgate, Debbie Lavine, Kat Sheedy, Fred Thomsen and David Zinner
The Cantor Search Committee (CSC) is charged with finding a full or part-time cantor for Columbia Jewish Congregation (CJC). Our new cantor will be tasked with leading the congregation in song and prayer at services and holiday celebrations and teaching songs for prayers and festivals to the children enrolled in Columbia Jewish Community School and tutoring children in preparation for B’nai Mitzvah. In addition, the cantor will work with the CJC choir on a regular basis. Other responsibilities may include pastoral counselling, community engagement and TOT Shabbat programs, attending Board meetings and staffing committees. Toward the hiring of a new cantor, the CSC has accomplished the following to date:
After receiving 7 responses to our call for cantor candidate applications and 5 zoom interviews, the Cantor Search Committee scheduled a hybrid cantor candidate weekend, Friday, November 12- Sunday, November 14, 2021. All of the applications were carefully considered by the committee and first and second interviews were conducted. This led us to identifying one candidate they found very well suited to fulfill all the cantorial needs of CJC. There were many opportunities throughout the weekend for members to interact with the candidate, both virtually and in-person. A survey following the candidate’s weekend resulted in a decision to re-open the cantor search and not offer the candidate the position.
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