The Retirement of our Beloved Rabbi Perlin
We are a congregation that has a strong sense of who we are, and we are committed to living by our Jewish values. If you randomly ask our members to list the reasons they love TBS, the answers aren’t surprising: a caring community, membership, our Rabbis, the programming, a safe place for our children, the best religious school, and a place that makes us better people.
It was 32 years ago when a younger Rabbi Amy Perlin, near the beginning of her Rabbinate, along with Gary Perlin, and our caring community’s founding families formed Temple B’nai Shalom. How brilliant their vision was as they made such important decisions about what type of synagogue TBS would be.
Our beloved Rabbi Perlin will be retiring in June, 2018 as our Senior Rabbi. In the years to come, she will still be a very important presence at TBS as our Rabbi Emeritus and Founding Rabbi. We are so fortunate to have our amazing Rabbi Rappaport to continue to serve as our Associate Rabbi and bring us her creative ideas, curriculum and vision for our religious school—a top priority for her—as well as her other rabbinical responsibilities. We also have our excellent staff here at TBS that will continue to be key to making TBS run smoothly in the weeks, months and years ahead.
We have hired a fantastic Interim Rabbi (more information below) to be with us for two years, as we work to find the right Senior Rabbi to lead our congregation during our bright future ahead.
Celebrating and Honoring Rabbi Perlin
We are planning two very special events to celebrate and honor Rabbi Perlin.
The first will be a musical and good-deeds weekend beginning Friday, April 27th. We will start on Friday with a Shabbat service featuring Jewish rocker Sheldon Low, and other musical guests. On Saturday, we will have a multi-media family concert and Havdalah featuring renowned Jewish musicians. Sunday will be our annual Mitzvah Day, which will showcase one of Rabbi Perlin’s favorite projects.
In May, we will have a gala dinner event with wonderful food, dancing, and entertainment. Proceeds from the Gala event will support The Rabbi Amy & Gary Perlin Endowment for Temple B’nai Shalom. For information on donating, please email Lynn Richmond.
Introducing Interim Rabbi Darryl Crystal
TBS is thrilled to announce the hiring of Rabbi Darryl Crystal as Temple B’nai Shalom’s Interim Rabbi for two years beginning on July 1, 2018.
Rabbi Crystal is one of the leading Interim Rabbis in the Reform movement. Since 2004, he has traveled the United States, serving as Interim Rabbi for thirteen congregations that ranged in size from 230 to 975 households. He is the manager of the Interim Rabbi Program for the Reform movement, responsible for training and consulting with all Interim Rabbis.
Prior to his work as an Interim Rabbi, Rabbi Crystal served North Shore Synagogue in Syosset, New York for eighteen years from 1985 to 2003 as Assistant Rabbi, Associate Rabbi, and Senior Rabbi. He established a synagogue youth program which began with twenty members and grew to over 400 during an eight year period. He also created the Center for Adult Jewish Learning, which brought renowned speakers to North Shore Synagogue and led the congregation’s participation in the national project to revitalize worship and congregational life, Synagogue 2000. Additionally, the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) and Reform Camps have been an important influence in Rabbi Crystal’s life. He is a past chair of the Committee on Youth for the Central Conference of American Rabbis and was a member of the Youth Coordinating Committee that oversaw all of the youth programs for the Union for Reform Judaism.
Life-long learning is a passion for Rabbi Crystal. He was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1985 and earned a BA degree from the University of Maryland. He studied at the PARDES Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem in 2003-04. He was one of the first rabbis to train with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, which teaches rabbis, educators, and lay leaders about spirituality through study of classic texts and Jewish meditation. Rabbi Crystal trained as a hospital chaplain at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, in Chicago, and was an Eisendrath Intern at the Religious Action Center, the legislative office of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C. He has pursued advanced training in the area of organizational development at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the Hauser Institute at Harvard University, the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western University, and Gratz College in Philadelphia.
As our Interim Rabbi, Rabbi Crystal will fulfill all of the responsibilities of a congregational rabbi and work with TBS during this transition as we develop a vision for the future and search for a settled Senior Rabbi. Rabbi Crystal states in his personal statement, “As an Interim Rabbi I help synagogues affirm their ideals and learn about how to build a sacred relationship with their new rabbi.” We are excited to have such an experienced rabbi, and one who is a leader in his field, to help lead us over the next two years.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Please click Transition FAQs 2018 to find our FAQs about the transition process at TBS.
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