Who is on the Rabbi Search Committee?

Greetings from the committee! This is the first of many letters to come from the search committee to keep everyone involved with the Rabbi search. We wanted to reach out to the entire congregation to introduce the committee, share all the hard work we have been doing, and tell you about opportunities of how you can be involved. We are honored and excited to be working on this great task.


Who is on the Rabbi Search Committee?

You asked and here is the answer! Below is a complete list of our committee with our contact information. Please feel free to contact any of us if you feel there is something the committee should know or for general feedback.



Barbara Abrams                             843-705-3723                   barba43@hargray.com

Matthew Allan                               912-401-4663                   matthew@kw.com

Robyn Carroll                                404-409-0585                    robynlevycarroll@gmail.com

Carol Cohen                                   912-233-2113                    cjcsavga@bellsouth.net

Adam Fins                                      508-641-7300                    amfins@gmail.com

Doug Goldstein                              912-665-1515                   dagonit3@bellsouth.net

AJ Haysman                                   912-596-3078                    ajhaysman@icloud.com

David Hirsh                                    912-667-9664                    dnhirsh@comcast.net

Ken Hoffman                                 843-441-4114                     hoffmaks@earthlink.net

Nancy Isaacson                              912-234-3366                     isaacson2@gmail.com

Fran Kaminsky, Secretary             912-484-7701                    fkaminsky@kaminskyfamily.com

Motti Locker                                  912-224-4285                     mottilocker@aol.com

Aileen Miller                                  805-252-5119                    ajw0505@yahoo.com

Lynn Reeves, Chair                        912-484-5415                    lynncreeves@gmail.com

Steve Roth                                      912-658-6135                     nevetsmd@bellsouth.net

Steve Sacks                                     912-355-1224                     smsacks@gmail.com

Kenneth Sadler, Co-Chair              912-661-0484                   ksadler@aol.com

Victor Shernoff                               912-507-2979                     vshernoff@comcast.net

Aaron Tillinger                               912-335-3773                     aaron@tillingers.net


How can YOU be involved?

You will be seeing opportunities to participate over the next few months in our search. As we narrow the field of applicants, we will look for congregational feedback and it will be critical that we have full participation in the action-packed visits for the selected candidates.


In fact, we welcome feedback throughout the entire search process to ensure we are doing the best job we can! If you have something to say, we would like to hear it. Please contact any of the Rabbi Search Committee members or email Motti at mottilocker@gmail.com with your thoughts.


What has happened so far?

  • Rabbi Barkan informed the board he would seek other Rabbinic opportunities
  • AA President, Steve Roth, selected Lynn Reeves as the Rabbi Search Committee Chair
  • The search committee members were selected
  • The Committee discussed survey and focus group results from the congregation a few years ago, what has changed (or not), and what we are looking for now
  • The Committee conducted an extensive SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats) Analysis to better understand our group perspective of AA. Below are the top results from the exercise.
      • Open to people from all walks of life (i.e. interfaith, age, orientation, culture, background)
      • Growing number of young, energetic families
      • Balanced/traditional but open to change
      • Apathy-lack of commitment
      • Lack of wide involvement by congregation
      • Poor attendance
      • Programming for children/committee to manage
      • Outreach to unaffiliated-define “why us”/older and younger demographic
      • Creative/effective programming to meet congregant needs
    •   THREATS
      •  Image
      • Competition
      • Conservative movements-lack of identity
      • Lack of need to affiliate (cultural)
      • The Committee formed subcommittees to work on specialized areas of the search
      • The Rabbinic Assembly (“RA”) Application Subcommittee completed the application (26-27 pages!) and reviewed it with the entire search committee at large
      • The final draft of the RA Application was submitted on 10/15/15 and posted online for all potential candidates to view on 10/20/15


What’s Next?

  • Receive and review resumes to determine a short list of candidates for the first round of interviews
  • Conduct phone and Skype interviews to identify a final list of candidates
  • Invite top candidates for a weekend visit to lead services, interact with the community, and learn about Savannah
  • Request feedback from congregation members and prepare nomination
  • Hold congregational meeting to vote to approve our next Rabbi