It is with great pleasure that I write to tell you that the Board of Governors has recommended the hiring of Rabbi Mitchell Berkowitz as our next Assistant Rabbi. We are grateful to so many of our members for having shared their feedback about the candidates. The Search Committee was most impressed with Rabbi Berkowitz’s scholarship and warmth. We know that he and his wife, Rebecca, will make a wonderful addition to the B’nai Israel community.
The Congregation will have the opportunity to approve this recommendation at our Annual meeting on Monday, May 15th. I encourage you to attend this meeting so we can all celebrate the beginning of this next stage in the history of the congregation.
Thank you to Jay Wechsler, Gail Rubinson, and the members of the Search Committee for engineering such a transparent and inclusive process. And thank you, our members, for your enthusiasm and participation along the way.
President, B’nai Israel Congregation
Rabbi Mitchell Berkowitz
Rabbi Berkowitz will be ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in May. He has been a Rabbinic Intern at the Shelter Rock Jewish Center in Roslyn, New York since the fall of 2014. At Shelter Rock, he engaged congregants in a variety of ways, including monthly “Lunch and Learns,” Shabbat Family Services, sermons, Adult Education classes, and a class on liturgy called “Prayer by the Pool” at congregants’ homes. He previously worked at Camp Ramah Darom for three summers and spent two summers as an intern in the Department of Education and Community Engagement at American Jewish World Service.