June 27th, 2019
It is with much excitement that I’d like to announce Shenk’s new Rabbi.
The votes were collected, your voices were heard and the Shenk community has elected Rabbi Matt LeVee as our new Rabbi.
Due to exciting circumstances we cannot announce an official start date, however we are very excited for his impending arrival later this summer.
I want to again extend a huge thank you to our Search Committee. Akiva Schreiber (head of Committee) as well as Gabby Miller, Julie Wasserman, Yitzy Mayefsky, Yael Green and Adin Liss have spent countless hours over the last month ensuring the Shenk community had the best candidates to choose from. Please send your sincerest thank yous when you next see them.
I’d also like to thank the community for exercising your patience these last two months. It was with your help we were able to successfully undergo three Probah Shabboses and a smooth votingprocess.
Thank you to all members of Shenk who participated in this process. We couldn’t have done this without you.
This is an exciting time for our community and we you hope you continue to join us every Shabbos!
President of Shenk Shul
A Message From The President - April 2019
Over the course of the next few months, Shenk Shul will be undergoing several changes. After much discussion and deliberation with our board, we believe that these changes will be executed with the community's best interests in mind.
The first change is an upgrade to our physical space. Yeshiva University is expected to have completed the renovation of our ceiling when we return to our Shul on Friday, May 3rd. As you are no-doubt aware, the Shul's ceiling has deteriorated to the point where a repair was necessary. This is the most notable physical change to our Shul.
While we work on other possible aesthetic and physical changes to our Shul space, we will also be entering a month of leadership changes.
As Rabbi Wiederblank has announced, our Mora D'asra will be leaving our community this summer. We are grateful for all the time, hard work and relationships he's built with us over the last four years. We will miss the entire Weiderblank family and wish them well in their new home in Passaic.
With the Rabbi's impending departure, a search committee has been formed and tasked with selecting our new spiritual leader. Headed by Akiva Schreiber, I am confident in this group's ability to find the best fit for our community's needs.
Over the next few weeks the search committee will continue to collect applications. The committee will then interview potential candidates and select a few of them for a Probeh Shabbos. On those Shabboses the community will have an opportunity to hear from each candidate during the morning drasha slot, before mincha on Shabbos afternoon, plus a Q&A program during Suedah Shlishit. The entire community is invited to meet our candidates and help us choose the future spiritual leader of our community. More details will follow regarding the exact dates and times for each of the Probehs. We hope to have the Probehs and membership vote within the month of May and hope to have a new Rabbi this summer.
The month of May is also the end of the board's term. I would like to thank Evie Tavin, Rivka Grossman and Andy Botvinik for their strong work in making Shenk what it is today and hope that they will continue to stay involved in the community. In the next few weeks, board applications will be sent out and I encourage all interested to apply. We are looking for a few dedicated volunteers to hop on our board for the 2019-2020 year. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
Another change that I can happily report to the community is that the board has voted to begin a new initiative called the "Hot Kiddush Initiative". After years of no kiddushes or simple dessert kiddushes, the cold kiddush option is a thing of the past. Instead, you can expect a hot kiddush served every single week. We hope this will come as a welcome addition to our community. Click here for more information.
The above changes are just some of the upgrades that I can announce at this time. I firmly believe these changes and upgrades will usher in a new and exciting time in our community. Our Shul and its community has unlimited potential and I hope that this is just the beginning of great changes and new beginnings at Shenk.
As always, please don't hesitate to reach out to me or any board members with any comments, questions, suggestions or criticisms you may have. Myself and the board would love any and all feedback and we look forward to hearing from you.
President of Shenk Shul
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