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Clergy Search 2022

January 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Clergy Search

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. What is the difference between what a Rabbi and a Cantor can do?
A. Rabbi Paula Feldstein at URJ wrote the following:  “There really is no difference between what a rabbi can do and what a cantor can do (except the singing part and that isn’t always true, either). The cantor is a full clergy person and can do all the life-cycle events, pastoral work, teaching, etc. that a rabbi can do and is trained at HUC to do so.”


Q.  What is the process and time frame?
A.  There will be two more open forums (January 31 and February 2) and the surveys are due by March 1.  The Clergy Search Committee will then compile the information and make its recommendation to the Board. In June, at the Annual Meeting, the Congregation will vote on the Board’s decision.


Q.  How many Temples our size have a cantor?
A.  According to the URJ, there are 55 congregations our size in the URJ. 42 of them (76%) have ordained cantors.


Q.  If we hire a cantor, will Jennifer Diamond’s role change?
A.  No. Jennifer’s role will not change. She will continue to be a cantorial soloist. 13 congregations in URJ have cantorial soloists who sing on the bimah without any formal training.

Clergy Search 2022 – Important decision for the congregation
We want to know what YOU think about this important decision that will shape our congregation.

Please help The Temple Clergy Task Force by making your thoughts heard! In 2022, our Senior Rabbi, Joe Rooks Rapport, will become a Rabbi Emeritus. Our congregation will decide whether we hire a Rabbi or a Cantor.

Please share your thoughts at one of these open forums or online at thetemplelouky.org/survey.

Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30-6:30 pm in the Klein Center
Thursday, December 12 at 10:00-11:00 am at the Glenview
Friday, December 13 at 8:00-9:00 pm during Oneg Shabbat after services
Friday, January 31 at 6:00-7:00 pm during Family Shabbat Dinner
Sunday, February 2 at 9:45-10:45 am in the Klein Center


If you have any comments or questions that you would like to committee to answer, please email ­­­[email protected].



January 31
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Category:


The Temple
5101 US-42
Louisville, KY 40241 United States


The Temple