Interim Clergy Selection Progressing

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Interim Clergy Selection Progressing

The CJC Board of Directors is pleased to share the news that it has voted to extend an offer of employment as interim clergy to Rabbi Jane Litman.  The feedback received from community members who met Jane at the Kabbalat Shabbat service on March 6th was overwhelmingly positive.
A contract committee, composed of President Cathy Hauer, Vice President Sara Russell, Treasurer Dave Schorr, and Board member Chip B. Goldstein, has begun negotiations to reach agreement on Jane’s terms of engagement with CJC for the period beginning April 1, 2015.  Rabbi Jane will lead our Passover Seder on April 4th, and she has responded with enthusiasm to the news of her selection.  If you previously missed it, a summary of Jane’s bio is reposted below.

Once again, the Board extends its utmost gratitude for the enormous time and energy invested by the dedicated search committee that brought forth the two worthy finalists for our community’s consideration.  The committee was co-chaired by Amy Lansky and Bobbi Bornstein, and composed of Avram Frankel, Julie Moed, and Wendi Shafir.

About Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman

Rabbi Litman is already familiar with CJC, being long-time friends with former clergy Jhos Singer and Julie Batz, and having attended CJC services in past years.  She brings us over 25 years of experience as a congregational leader and consultant, as a teacher in congregational and university settings, as a scholar and author, and as a community activist.

For the past 7 years she has served as the Western Regional Director and Senior Congregational Consultant for the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities.  Prior to this she served for 9 years as the Rabbi Educator at Congregation Beth El in Berkeley, and for 2 years as Rabbi at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco.

Rabbi Litman has taught at California State University-Northridge, Loyola Marymount University, University of Judaism (now American Jewish University), and California Institute of Integral Studies.

Her community activism includes chairing the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, and serving as vice president of the East Bay Jewish Family and Children’s Service, as founding organizer of the California Freedom to Marry Coalition, as founding member of Midwives of Peace: National Women in the Clergy, and as president of the East Bay Council of Rabbis.  She has served on the boards of dozens of nonprofit organizations committed to advancing health, education, equal rights, and economic justice.

Rabbi Litman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Jewish Studies from UC-Berkeley, and a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in suburban Philadelphia.