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Area’s lone synagogue searching for new rabbi

Longtime leader Gordon died in June

September 18, 2010
By KAYLEIGH KARUTIS, The Leader-Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - The search for a rabbi is continuing at the Knesseth Israel Synagogue, officials there said Thursday.

The East Fulton Street synagogue's former rabbi, Martin Gordon, died in June after a short illness. He was 73 years old. He had been the rabbi at the synagogue since 1997.

Synagogue office manager Deb Finkle said the search for Gordon's replacement has been bittersweet.

"It's mixed emotions," she said. "He was a great guy and he was my friend. It's very exciting and good for the community [to hire a new rabbi], but it's bittersweet in the finality of really replacing him."

Finkle said with the Jewish High Holy Days being observed this month, the search for a new rabbi has been slow.

"We've started receiving resumes, but we haven't done any interviews," she said.

Search committee chairman Robert Weiner said the effort to find Gordon's replacement has been going "really well."

"There's been some interest and now we're in the process of contacting a few of the rabbis who sent us resumes," he said.

Weiner said he was heartened to receive a strong level of interest in the post, given the synagogue is relatively small and in a small community. He said the congregation has about 100 families.

Many members of the congregation also had been involved with the Jewish Community Center which ended its programs and closed its facility on East Fulton Street this year.

In some cases, a rabbi might serve more than one congregation. There are not many other synagogues nearby, though, Weiner said.

"There are a number of candidates who have expressed an interest in serving our congregation," he said. "For a small town and a small congregation, that's exciting."

In the interim between rabbis, laypeople in the congregation have been helping out with Friday and Saturday services, Finkle said.



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