Susan Zemsky’s Retirement and Executive Director Search Committee

Dear Temple Shalom Families and Friends,

As many of you know, Susan Zemsky, our Executive Director, will be retiring on June 30, 2022 (the end of our fiscal year). We are so appreciative of Susan’s 18 years of dedication and service to Temple Shalom. Susan has helped Temple Shalom thrive while we have undergone building renovations, clergy and staff transitions, as well as transitioning between online and in person programming during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has been a welcoming and supportive presence for new and current members and has made and continues to maintain strong connections and networking ties between the Temple and our local community as well as our regional and national Jewish communities. She has also worked hard and successfully to increase our income through outside rentals, including a preschool which later became our temple’s Early Learning Center.

Susan has brought valuable ecological improvements to our building and grounds, from adding LED lights throughout the building and parking lot to installing permeable pavers for storm management on the Hal Bruno Patio and back parking lot. She has a key role in managing the office as well as our “house and grounds” including working with numerous contractors, maintenance, and lay leaders. Please join us in thanking Susan for all her contributions to Temple Shalom, although this will not be the only opportunity our community comes together to do so.

New Executive Director Search

Because of Susan’s pending retirement, we have been planning for the future and a new Executive Director.  The Board of Trustees appointed an Executive Director Search Committee to lead the process to find a new Executive Director. The committee is comprised of lay leaders who have extensive experience in leading various aspects of Temple Shalom as well as leading non-profit organizations. Chaired by Carol Jimenez and Karen Lowe, the other committee members are Jared Cohen, Berinna Doggett, Rita Klein and Marilyn Ripin. The clergy, staff and many lay leaders have been consulted and continue to provide input regarding the position and the search process.

The Executive Director career opportunity has been posted as of January 3, 2022, and applications are being accepted through January 23, 2022. The posting is on a wide variety of websites including National Association for Temple Administration, Jewish Jobs, Idealist, and Indeed. It is also posted on our Temple Shalom website.

If you are part of any organization, group or professional listserv that has participants who may be interested in applying for the position, please share the job opportunity widely.  

We look forward to a successful Executive Director search, smooth transition, and a continued inclusive and bright future for Temple Shalom and our community.

L’Shalom (In Peace),

Jeff Steger, President

Karen Lowe & Carol Jimenez, Co-Chairs, Executive Director Search Committee

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