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Rabbinic Transition & Search


In January 2019 Rabbi Pruzansky announced his upcoming Aliyah when his contract term comes to a close in the summer of 2020. As a shul we would like to express our tremendous appreciation to the Rabbi and Karen for their decades of service to our shul and community.

When the Rabbi and Karen arrived, they brought four small children and the desire to help Bnai Yeshurun achieve its potential to become one of America's flagship shuls. For twenty-five years, we've watched each other's children grow, get married, and have children of their own. We've celebrated and mourned together. Many of us have images of the Rabbi at our side at a bris, under the chuppah, at a graveside, and sharing so many significant moments in between.

Today, we are over 530 families strong, many of us second generation, raising our own families with CBY as our constant guidepost. With fourteen minyanim daily and myriad weekly shiurim and programs, Bnai Yeshurun has not only increased its member base, but has become the central hub of Torah and Tefillah for the greater community- all during Rabbi Pruzansky's tenure.

The Rabbi's scholarly and entertaining sermons have been a mainstay of the daily CBY experience for a generation. Perhaps most notably, Rabbi Pruzansky has instilled within the lifeblood of our kehillah a deep connection to, and passion for, the Land of Israel. There is no greater inspiration to the congregation than to see the Rabbi and Karen realize their lifelong goal of settling there. The Rabbi has assured us that he will maintain his connection to our Kehillah and will return periodically for Shabbat to deliver the derasha in shul and to spend time catching up.

There will be many opportunities in the coming months to express our sincere hakarat hatov to the Rabbi and Karen for their service to our shul and we will invite you to participate in those initiatives.

While the Rabbi's departure will undoubtedly leave a void, CBY is in a strong place. The Executive Committee is establishing a road map for the transition and will be communicating about the process for succession planning during the next few months. We will do our best to share all updates here as well as any resources along the process.

Several Committees have been (and will be) established to guide us through this process:

Rabbinic Transition Committee: Chaired by Esti Kaminetzky, and comprised of members Steven Becker, Frank Breslau, Lance Friedman, Chava Gamss, Michael Karlin, Clive Lipshitz, and David Zomick. This committee will work to gather information from community members via focus groups and surveys that will be used to create the job description of the next Mara D'atra. The committee can be reached at

Rabbinic Search Committee: (to be announced in Fall 2019). This committee will be responsible for the advertisement and recruitment of the Mara D'atra position, the review of resumes, and presenation of candidates to the Board of Directors.

Tribute Committee: (to be announced in early summer 2019). This committee will establish a framework for all of us to be makir tov to Karen and Rabbi Steven Pruzansky for their decades of service to our community as they prepare for their Aliyah.

Focus Group  Registration

Dear Members,

As we embark on our search for a new rabbi, gathering input from the community is critical. The Rabbinic Transition Committee is organizing focus groups where members can share what is important to them about our next rabbi, their vision for the shul, and community going forward. The concentration of the focus groups will be to solicit your views on the needs of the community in the search for a new rabbi. These focus groups will be run by members of Yeshiva University’s Rabbinic Placement team.

The available dates and times are:

Sunday, May 19th, 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Sunday, May 19th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Sunday, May 19th, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Wednesday, May 29th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Wednesday, May 29th, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wednesday, May 29th, 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm


If you would like to participate in a focus group, please complete the form below. In order to register, you must be a full member at CBY and have an account on the shul website. If you need assistance, with setting up an account or with registration, please contact the shul office during regular hours, Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at Friday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at (201) 836-8916 or

Please note that groups are limited to 20 participants per session in order to ensure that every participant is given a chance to express his or her views. There will be two sessions run at each time slot.

Please come ten minutes before the session begins in order to register and be directed to the right location.

If you cannot attend any of the focus groups, don't worry! After we review the input from the focus groups, we will be putting together a survey that will be sent to all members, and you will be able to give feedback that way. The survey will be conducted by the Center for the Jewish Future/RIETS and will be anonymous. The results will be tabulated and analyzed by an outside consultant and will be shared with the community. The Rabbinic Transition Committee is also always open to member feedback and can be reached at

Your input is vital in ensuring a successful transition and search. Please make every effort to participate and contribute your input by whatever means you are most comfortable with.

Thank you,

The Rabbinic Transition Committee

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