TBS Transitions

The Retirement and Honoring of our Beloved Rabbi Amy R. Perlin, D.D.

Rabbi Perlin was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 1982.  When she and her growing family moved to Fairfax Station four years later, a handful of local families invited her to join them in founding a new Reform congregation.  The demand for TBS was clear when 100 mostly unaffiliated families from several nearby communities came together for High Holy Day services in the fall of 1986.  They included civil servants, teachers, military leaders, physicians, and many more — all determined to build a vibrant and meaningful Jewish life for their families in the far Northern Virginia suburbs.  Within nine years, TBS consecrated its permanent home, and in time welcomed hundreds of families, many multi-generational, from an expanding geographical area.

Under Rabbi Perlin’s nurturing leadership, TBS has become known:

  • locally, as a values-driven, welcoming, diverse, caring and highly-participatory congregation;
  • regionally, for its impact on NFTY, camping, social action, Sisterhood and Brotherhood;
  • nationally, as a model for retaining and inspiring generations of youth to continue through Confirmation and Post-Cofirmation, and for sending a record number of rabbinic students to HUC-JIR.

Although Rabbi Perlin will retire effective July 1, 2018, after 36 years in the rabbinate, we are determined that her legacy will live on through the thriving community she built and served for 32 years.  We are delighted and privileged that Rabbi Perlin will become our temple’s Rabbi Emirita upon her retirement.

As we draw closer to Rabbi Perlin’s retirement date, we have invited all of our temple members, from our youngest to our oldest, to join together in celebration of her extraordinary achievements and the many ways she has touched our lives.

We held a wonderful musical weekend in April, and an amazing gala dinner to which leaders from the Reform movement and other dignitaries joined temple members in honoring Rabbi Perlin.  A special tribute book was created and provided to each attendee of the gala.

For details on our April weekend of special events, please click here.

For details on our May 12 gala dinner to honor and celebrate Rabbi Perlin, please click here.

To help ensure the continuity of Reform Judaism here and elsewhere, and to commemorate the invaluable leadership provided by Rabbi Perlin and her family, we have established the Temple B’nai Shalom Rabbi Amy R. Perlin and Gary L. Perlin Endowment.  Rabbi Perlin is a pioneer and TBS is her legacy, and your contribution honors her extraordinary leadership by sustaining Reform Judaism and our thriving community in Northern Virginia.

For details on the Temple B’nai Shalom Rabbi Amy R. Perlin and Gary L. Perlin Endowment, please click here.



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)

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