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Chizuk Amuno Congregation

Hazzan Search

With gratitude for your participation, honesty and vision, we share with you the findings of both the community conversations and survey.  Community conversations, conducted between August and October, were held on various dates, and times and in different modes.  We were delighted to hear from over 200 community participants.  The community survey, distributed at the end of October and closed in early November, yielded over 400 responses.   

The goal in sponsoring these engagement opportunities was twofold.  The first was to create a framework for the search committee.  The committee seeks to identify the Hazzan who best embodies what the Chizuk Amuno community indicates it needs and wants in its next Hazzan.  By conducting community conversations and survey, it is our hope to paint as complete a picture as possible of the community’s vision for its musical future.  The second objective was to allow every member of the Chizuk Amuno community the opportunity to learn more about the preferences of fellow congregants as it pertains to sacred music, musical engagement and what engages them spiritually. 

Please find the summary of the findings from this outreach here: Community Conversations Summary (PDF)   |  Community Survey Results  (PDF)

Our  sincere thanks to the community conversations and survey subcommittees for their diligent work distilling a massive amount of data into concise statements, which capture the major themes and repeated motifs that were expressed by all who participated. Unsurprisingly, there was a vast range of opinion on most of the questions addressed throughout the process. 

We encourage you to review the documents to better understand the totality of the portrait that is our diverse, vibrant and engaged Chizuk Amuno community.  As always, we welcome your comments, questions and further thoughts, and encourage you reach us at:

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