To Our Members:
This week, Adam Kahan informed Rabbi Cohen and myself that he has decided not to renew his contract when it expires on June 30, 2018, and will be exploring other professional opportunities. This was a very thoughtful and difficult decision to make and one that Adam has been contemplating for some time. We are grateful for the four years Adam has spent at Jeremiah, where he has enhanced the wonderful musical tradition of our congregation.
Adam has worked closely with David Lornson in deepening the repertoire of the Adult Choir and the High Holy Day Double Quartet, and has played an active role in preparing our young people for their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Adam has also been an integral member of our senior staff in developing and implementing programs in worship and adult learning. He will be greatly missed. We hope you join us in late spring when we celebrate Adam’s tenure at Temple Jeremiah.
Your professional and lay leadership have begun planning for the future and are fully engaged in that process. We anticipate a smooth transition as Adam continues his responsibilities for the rest of the year, and we wish him every success in the next phase of his journey.
Please see below for words from Adam.
It has been one of the greatest honors of my life that I have served as Cantorial Soloist at Temple Jeremiah during these past four years. This beautiful community has granted me the extreme kindness of leading, learning, growing, bonding, and most of all…the constant presence of loving support. In the shadows of that recognition, I am saddened to share with you my decision to complete my service to the Temple Jeremiah community at the conclusion of my current contract, come the end of June, 2018.
I write this having just completed a beautiful weekend here at the temple, filled with magnificent Tot Shabbat and Adult Choir services, Saturday B’nai Mitzvah services, and an amazing Religious School Sunday morning, sharing smiles and songs with our temple members both younger and elder alike. The warmth and affection is always palpable here on Happ Road, and this magnificent place is one that will be with me far beyond the days when I am present in the building.
When we set out four years ago, to journey together, I came on board with my young family, and a road ahead comingled with cantorial schooling. Michelle and I anticipated that this would be a vibrant experience, and we were right. We were welcomed and embraced so lovingly. Along that journey, we also discovered that life sometimes presents additional challenges that one cannot anticipate. Only were it so, that I could adequately respond to those challenges outside of Jeremiah, and remain an unwavering servant of this community. Despite our best intended efforts, though, I recognize the need, in this moment, to make myself more available outside of the temple walls.
What fills me with pride is reflecting on all we have created together. As I step away, I can see how this congregation is on an amazing path. I am thrilled to see where it leads, and to cheer on the victories from a soon-different vantage point. What fills me with honor are thoughts of those whom I have been fortunate to work alongside. Rabbi Cohen, Rabbi Heaps and Rabbi Segal, David Lornson, Danny Glassman, and Dr. Anne Lidsky. These friends have been sources of unwavering support on this journey. Our staff is incredible…just simply exemplary. I have been honored to share smiles with them each and every day. I am also so grateful for the leadership of my temple presidents, Ken Lorch, Joel Africk, and Barbara Miller.
What fills me with both melancholy and joy are the thoughts of you, all my friends here amongst our congregants. You have lifted me up, time and again. You have allowed me into your life, and completely infiltrated mine. Our students are also such gleaming gems of hope for the future, and I have loved guiding them, and learning from them on this journey together.
I am excited to discover who will next have the honor of leading this community, and I know the professional and lay leadership is already working toward that goal. In the meanwhile, I look forward to these next months when I will continue to have the honor of being part of your lives and have you in mine as well. It is an honor I will never take lightly, and for which my expressed gratitude will never be able to match that which I hold inside.
With tremendous appreciation,
- Jacob Smith’s Tikkun Olam Project - April 5, 2018
- Rabbi Rachel Heaps’ Installation - March 14, 2018
- Singing Our Sacred Roots: The American Journey of Our Reform Musical Inheritance - February 22, 2018
- An Update on the Refugee Sisters You Helped Sponsor - December 21, 2017
- Adult Hebrew Class - December 5, 2017
- Say Yes to Supporting Temple Jeremiah - November 28, 2017
- Moving from Divisions to Dialogue- A Conversation with Laurie Grauer - November 8, 2017
- Announcement from Adam Kahan - November 7, 2017
- Annual Noni Dodge Blood Drive - October 13, 2017
- Will You Say Yes? - September 27, 2017