President's Blog - Seeds of Change: 5778

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:00am -- Anonymous

This is an exciting time at IHC! We stand at the precipice of the future with a new team nearly in place. Jewish life is ever-evolving and IHC is poised to honor the past as it embraces the future. There is new energy, new inspiration and new ideas to help you find “Your 21st Century Spirituality in Judaism’s 5,000-Year-Old Tradition.” [i]

After conducting video interviews with a dozen cantorial candidates and inviting two to visit, we have not yet found our bashert … the very best cantor for IHC.

While we were hoping to receive some resumes from two well-respected trans-denominational seminaries, we knew we were out of sync with the traditional clergy hiring season. Accordingly, we will relaunch our search in the fall right after the high holy days. The Cantor Search Task Force clarified its vision over the past year and we are grateful that all of its members have agreed to continue to serve.

For the coming year, we have developed an interim plan just like we did in the year following Marcia Goldstein’s retirement when we had not yet found our Director of Lifelong Learning. I am excited to share the details of this plan with you.

High Holy Days Cantor

We are delighted to announce that Cantor Betsey Peters-Epstein will join us for the High Holy Days this year. Cantor Epstein was named Cantor Emerita at Temple Sholom of West Essex in Cedar Grove, NJ, when she retired in 2016 after serving for 14 years. Among her professional pursuits are sermon presentation, choral conducting, musical theatre, song repertoire in Yiddish and Ladino, and chamber music. While she is enjoying her retirement, she still has lots of music to share and we are happy she is sharing her talents with us during the High Holy Days!

Cantor Epstein will be with us for Shabbat on Friday, July 28, at 6:15 pm to get to know IHC and our amazing community. Please plan to join us and meet our High Holy Days Cantor for 5778!

Tami Krichiver

Maybe you already know that Dr. Tami Krichiver recently opened her own psychology practice. What you may not know is that before attaining her doctorate in clinical psychology and before moving to Indianapolis, Tami served as Cantorial Soloist at a number of congregations including Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, CA and Temple Bat Yam in South Lake Tahoe, CA. Those who regularly attend Nefesh Shabbat and the Nefesh style Yom Kippur service are already familiar with her soulful voice and amazing guitar skills.

As her new psychology practice grows, Tami has agreed to increase her role for this interim year at IHC. In addition to her ongoing commitment to the Nefesh experience, Tami will share her gifts at a traditional Shabbat service each month and will lead music for Bar and Bat Mitzvah services when her own professional and personal calendars permit. (Rabbi Brett will provide plenty of notice to b’nai mitzvah families of the dates Tami will not be available and will either assist each family in arranging a suitable music leader or will, together with Rabbi Scott, provide the music for the service.)

We are grateful for Tami’s willingness to help and excited to lift our voices together in the year ahead.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Coordination

The amazing and indefatigable Marv Goldstein has also agreed to take on an additional role during the interim year. Marv will serve as our Bar/Bat Mitzvah Coordinator, helping guide students and their families in the exciting months before their special day. We thank Marv for sharing even more of his talents with our community.

IU Borns Jewish Studies Program, Sacred Music Student

We are in conversation with the Borns Jewish Studies Program at IU about inviting a Jewish Sacred Music student to join IHC from time to time during the upcoming year. Many of these young men and women are considering Cantorial school after graduation. Experiencing a student’s musical gifts would clearly enrich IHC and the student would gain valuable insight and experience by spending time in our community. Stay tuned.

Guest Cantors

Plans are being made to invite one or more cantors to visit IHC as a guest musician and scholar. This might be someone who serves a scholar in residence for a weekend or someone who joins us multiple times in the coming year. More information to follow.

Other Clergy Duties

For Rabbi Brett and Rabbi Scott, it is business as usual. Our rabbis are here for you … preaching, teaching, inspiring, challenging, celebrating and grieving. If you need to connect with either rabbi, please contact Clergy Assistant Erni Slater. And our Caring Community volunteers will be providing additional support to our rabbis throughout the coming year. Please contact caring leader Norm Sider if you would like to help.

[i] The God Upgrade: Finding Your 21st Century Spirituality in Judaism’s 5,000 Year-Old-Tradition, Adventure Rabbi Jamie S. Korngold, Jewish Lights Publishing, 2011

Patti Freeman Dorson