A New Rabbi for Temple Sinai

A New Rabbi for Temple Sinai!

ברוכות הבאות

Baruchot haba-ot is the traditional Hebrew phrase of welcome; literally, it means blessed is the one who has come. Please join me, then, in extending a warm baruchot haba-ot to Ilana Symons as we welcome her as the newly appointed permanent rabbi for Temple Sinai. Pending your approval at the upcoming congregational meeting Thursday, 25 April at 7 pm (details to follow), Ilana will begin her rabbinate with Temple Sinai on 1 July 2024.

Upon receiving the offer to become Temple Sinai’s new permanent rabbi and successfully completing the contract negotiations, Ilana shared with us, “I had such a good feeling throughout my weekend at Temple Sinai and can’t wait for that feeling to be years long. I am beyond thrilled to join the

Temple Sinai community in July! I cannot wait to get to know each of you and partner together in this sacred work.”

Spring 2024 is looking to be a milestone year for Ilana. Ilana will be officially ordained as a rabbi by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) on Sunday, 5 May. The daughter of two rabbis, Ilana received her BA from New York University, where she majored in Philosophy, with double minors in Multifaith and Spiritual Leadership and Hebrew and Judaic Studies. Braiding together two major threads in her life, art and Judaism, Ilana reminds us that ““This is the task of the rabbi and the artist. Transform the mundane into the holy.” We eagerly await the artistry and possibilities of transformation that Ilana will bring to Temple Sinai.

We would like to thank all of the congregants who attended Shabbat services and related events during Ilana’s visit and who shared their impressions of her with the Search Committee. And we extend a heartfelt todah rabba to the members of the Search Committee for their dedication, hard work, and thoughtfulness (Barry Bader, Caroline Bobick, Julie Fink-Sullivan, Ben Gordon, Sid Hellman, Beth Novik, David Watsky, and Sandy Welter, and past committee members Leslie Hurst and Jerry Silverman).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

In peace,

Michael Marx, Chair of the Rabbinic Search Committee

Beth Sabo Novik, President of the Temple Sinai Board of Trustees