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Chizuk Amuno Congregation

Hazzan Search

As part of our Hazzan Search process, we will host Hazzan Brian Shamash from March 1st-3rd and Hazzan Steve Zeidenberg from March 8th-10th. After receiving and reviewing over twenty five applications, Hazzan Shamash and Hazzan Zeidenberg are two hazzanim that the committee has decided to bring to the congregation and schools for a weekend to see if they embody the traits and characteristics that our community indicated it wants in our next Hazzan . The committee is eager for the members of the Chizuk Amuno community to engage with the candidates in conversation, song, prayer and learning and believe that this extended weekend visit will provide an opportunity for you to help us evaluate each candidate. It is the intention of the Search Committee to continue to bring candidates to meet our community until a Hazzan is found who meets the standards and expectations we have set as a diverse and unique community. 
Below is a detailed schedule of your opportunities to meet and engage with the candidates. While they will also teach in Rosenbloom Religious School, Krieger Schechter Day School, Goldsmith Early Childhood Education Center, and will spend time with our synagogue’s staff and lay leaders, we are are delighted to introduce them to the full Chizuk Amuno community at the following times:
Friday March 1st and 8th
5:15-6 p.m. – Oneg Shabbat meet and greet in the Stulman Auditorium 
6 p.m. – Candidate will lead portions of our musical Kabbalat Shabbat service in the Stulman Auditorium
Saturday March 2nd and 9th
10:30-11 a.m. – Family Shabbat service in chapel with Rabbi Seltzer
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Candidate will lead the end of the Torah service and the Musaf service in the sanctuary
12 p.m. – Community lunch with the candidate followed by singing and question and answer session in the Hoffberger chapel
5:30 p.m. – Candidate will read Torah and lead Havdalah in the Minhah/Ma’ariv service in the Hoffberger chapel
Sunday March 3rd and 10th
9:15-10:15 a.m. – Candidate will lead portions of morning minyan in the Hoffberger chapel 
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. – Drop in meet and greet coffee for Rosenbloom Religious School, Goldsmith Early Childhood Center and Krieger Schechter Day School families
While no RSVP’s are required for the events, we hope that you will attend as much as your schedule allows and that you encourage family and friends to join as well. And finally, kindly remember to complete the community survey that will be distributed at the conclusion of each candidate visit. It is this vital input that will help the search committee to determine a candidate’s suitability for our Chizuk Amuno community.

Please reach out with any questions:

Hazzan Search Committee Members:
Jenny Gamliel (Co-Chair), Antony Rosen (Co-Chair), Sandy Abramoff, Rabbi Marci Jacobs-Aronchick, Yifaat Asher, Marc Attman, Jay Baraban, Jerry Buxbaum, Jeff Cooper, Arnold Feiner, Judy Gerstenblith, Barry Gittlen, Jane Kahn, Rena Lapidus, Laura Reaven, Erica Schon, Meira Silverstein, Jeff Snyder, Charlee Sterling. Ex-officio: Sandi Moffet, Bob Hallock, Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg, Glenn Easton