Special Announcement

We are very excited to report that the Rabbinic Search Committee made an unanimous recommendation to the Temple’s Board of Trustees to engage Rabbi Karen and Rabbi Micah Citrin and that the Board voted unanimously to approve that recommendation. 

12/12/15

As we all know, the past year has not been an easy one for the Temple Beth David community.

It has been a period of change and uncertainty, a period when each of us has surely and understandably wondered, “What lies ahead for our congregation? When will our Temple’s time of transition turn to more permanence and stability?”

That time is now at hand.

We are very excited to report that the Rabbinic Search Committee made an unanimous recommendation to the Temple’s Board of Trustees. Following the Committee’s presentation, the full Board held a lengthy discussion and then voted unanimously to approve that recommendation.

This was no ordinary recommendation. In approving it, the Board agreed to extend an offer to not one but two Rabbis.

Rabbis Karen and Micah Citrin are husband and wife, and presently serve as Co-Rabbis at Temple Israel in Tulsa, OK. Rabbi Karen and Rabbi Micah Citrin present Temple Beth David with a truly unique and remarkable opportunity: to put in place and begin a path forward with two esteemed and dynamic co-Rabbis who, as co-educators, would also collectively assume full responsibility for the religious school at Temple Beth David. In addition to their Rabbinic degrees, both Rabbis have Masters Degrees in Jewish Education. The Rabbis Citrin will also guide us in creating an overall musical vision for our community. Music is a very important part of both their rabbinate and their lives; Rabbi Micah plays the guitar and has song-leading experience, and Rabbi Karen has a musical background and also sings. See below for more biographical information about these experienced rabbis.

In extending this unique offer, the enthusiastic and unanimous vote of the TBD Board of Trustees serves to underscore the keen and genuine excitement the Board feels about this possibility for our community.

Rabbi Karen and Rabbi Micah Citrin have expressed their willingness to accept the board’s offer, pending congregational approval. By virtue of the Temple’s by-laws, this can only be finalized by a formal vote of the congregation as a whole.

Shortly, you will be receiving more detailed information about the Search Committee’s extensive work and this new staffing model, as well as information about how you, as a member, can ask questions, meet Rabbi Micah and Rabbi Karen, and fulfill a key role in the election of Temple Beth David’s new, permanent Rabbis.

It’s been several years of often difficult change for everyone in our Temple community. We acknowledge that there will be other changes ahead. On behalf of the Rabbinic Search Committee and the Board of Trustees, we hope that you, too, can envision the exciting, extraordinary and enduring changes for Temple Beth David under the future leadership of Rabbis Karen and Micah Citrin. They look forward to being part of the Temple Beth David community, partnering with our leadership, and getting to know you.

Through it all, we thank you for being a part of our community.

Amy Cook and Lisa Fassberg Weller

Co-Chairs, Rabbinic Search Committee

David Wang

President

 

Introducing Rabbi Karen and Rabbi Micah Citrin

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Rabbi Karen, originally from Belmont, Massachusetts and a graduate of Brandeis University, was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in 2003. Prior to serving in Oklahoma, Rabbi Karen served as Associate Rabbi and Rabbi/Educator at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, CA for ten years. In addition to leading worship, lifecycle events and fostering pastoral relationships, Rabbi Karen directed a variety of education programs including a nationally recognized Shabbat family education experience. Rabbi Karen values partnering with congregants to create and communicate vision, empowering innovation and involvement.

Rabbi Micah, originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico (although born in Brookline, MA!) and a graduate of the University of Oregon, was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in 2005. Rabbi Micah has also served as Associate Rabbi at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, CA, and Director of Community Life and Learning at Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto, CA. He worked with Rabbi Karen and the clergy team at Peninsula Temple Beth El for three years in San Mateo, CA as Rabbi/Educator, especially focusing on teen engagement. Rabbi Micah strives to build connections through worship, study, and lifecycle moments. He believes in empowering congregants to become more knowledgeable in the Jewish tradition so that they can find personal meaning and feel inspired to make a difference in the world. Rabbi Micah has extensive experience in informal Jewish education and infuses this ruach (spirit) into synagogue life.

Both Rabbis hold Master’s Degrees in Jewish Education from the highly esteemed HUC-JIR Rhea Hirsch School of Education. They are the proud parents of twin 3rd grade boys.