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Update on the Preparation of the Cantorial Search

December 15, 2018

Dear Friends,

We want to apprise the congregation as we move forward to begin the search for a new cantor. We know that we can never replace our beloved Cantor Roy Einhorn. What we do want is to continue is the legacy of Jewish music and love of Jewish tradition that Cantor Einhorn has spent his career nurturing and fostering at Temple Israel. As we prepare to search and interview candidates this coming summer and fall, we want to make sure that our Temple Israel members’ thoughts and voices are integral to the process.

As Rabbi Zecher leads the search, she has a dedicated Cantorial Search Committee, including: Ali Freedman, Steven Lipsitt, Carol Targum, David Trietsch, Bea Wilderman, and Rabbi Soffer, all of whom are eager to hear your thoughts. Please learn more about each committee member in the bios below.

There will be a number of opportunities to reflect and to speak together as a community. The first opportunities are scheduled for the following dates:
At Temple Israel, no registration:
  • Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Focused on Religious School parents and members of Leadership Council
  • Friday, February 1, 2019 following Qabbalat Shabbat for an Oneg conversation
  • Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Shabbat morning following Torah study
In-home salons, registration required, times TBD:
  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019: Focused on adults
  • Thursday, February 7, 2019: Focused on parents of teens/college students
  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019: Focused on adults
  • Saturday, March 2, 2019 before Thank Goodness It’s Shabbat (at Temple Israel)
  • Thursday, March 7, 2019: Focused those with upcoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah age children in the next few years
  • Friday, March 8, 2019 before Shabbat Sing (at Temple Israel) at 9:00 a.m.: Focused on families with younger children
If you cannot attend any gathering and have reflections and thoughts, there will be opportunity to respond to an online questionnaire in January, which will be collected as part of the deliberations.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts and reflections as we go forward. Every change has opportunities, even with the sadness that accompanies it. We feel positive about what might be possible and encourage you to lend your voice to this new chapter of the life of Temple Israel of Boston.


 Rabbi Elaine Zecher                      Gary Pforzheimer

Senior Rabbi                                   Board President

Cantorial Search Committee Bios

December 15, 2018

Alison Freedman first came to Temple Israel a decade ago through the Riverway Project. She then taught 7th grade in the religious school for 4 years. Alison served on the Rabbinic Search Committee for our current senior Rabbi. She is currently involved in the Village (Families with Young Children) and is a member of the Board.
Steven Lipsitt is a professional conductor and music educator, who became a bar mitzvah at Temple Israel in 1971, and returned with his wife Mara Krechevsky and children Daria and Caleb in the late 1990s. He joined the volunteer TI Band to see more of his kids, yet while they have decamped, he still sits in with the band. Mara (an educational researcher at Harvard’s Project Zero) sat on the Teen Education Committee, and Steve sat on the Adult Education Committee. Steve has served on faculty search committees at Haverford College and Boston University.
Carol Targum served on the Board of Trustees for 6 years and continues to remain active at on the Center for Adult Jewish Learning Committee, is involved with Rabbi Jacobson on the Spiritual Practice Lab, and co-chairs the Leadership Initiative. Through participation in the Institute of Jewish Spirituality she has gotten to know rabbis and cantors from across the country, which provides a broad perspective of what is happening musically in other congregations.
David Trietsch and his family have been members of TI for over 30 years. He was the founding director of CJP’s synagogue leadership institute and has worked in dozens of congregations in Greater Boston and beyond on issues of change management and leadership transition. In his role as synagogue consultant, David has experienced a wide range of liturgy styles and practices.
Bea Wilderman is a musician with extensive experience in guitar, piano and voice. She served on the boards of Temple Israel, Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center, and American Jewish World Service. She has extensive experience on search committees, including the TI rabbinic search. She has been a member of TI for over 12 years and lives in Brookline with her family.

A Clergy Update

May 6, 2018

To our Temple Israel family,

Our beloved Cantor Roy Einhorn will complete his long and distinguished service to our congregation and will retire on June 30, 2020. At their most recent meetings, the Board of Trustees and Leadership Council approved Cantor Einhorn’s contract for the next two years and for his emeritus status with Temple Israel after that.

Over the 34 years of his career here, Cantor Einhorn has brought integrity, kindness, compassion, and a profound sense of professionalism to every task. We have benefited from his presence, musical artistry, and humor in everything he has done. He is loved by countless B’nei Mitzvah students and their families, children in the FJECC Preschool who storm the bima to hug him, and everyone who has sung in his choir or played in the band. His presence at thousands of life cycle events has brought comfort and joy. Time and again he has enriched our lives in myriad ways and we will certainly miss him. Happily, we do not have to say goodbye quite yet. For now, Cantor Einhorn’s focus and ours is on his work in the congregation.

Over the course of the next two years we will have many opportunities to celebrate Cantor Einhorn. If you would like your name added to a list of those who want to help honor and celebrate him, please let us know at

In the coming months, Rabbi Zecher will be launching a cantorial search process and we will keep you informed and involved. As much as we know that it will be impossible to replace Cantor Einhorn, we will strive to find someone who will keep Temple Israel a place filled with beautiful music.


With warm regards,


Rabbi Elaine Zecher                                        Gary Pforzheimer
Senior Rabbi                                                     Board President