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Important Clergy Update

Dear Beth David Members, 

I’m writing to let you know that Rabbi Becca Walker will be concluding her service to Beth David on Friday, September 30th after completion of the High Holy Days. She has decided to pursue different career opportunities outside of Beth David, and we wish her the very best in the future.

While we are sorry to see Rabbi Walker leave, we are grateful for all that she brought to Beth David over the past 2+ years as our Engagement Rabbi and as a member of our clergy team. Rabbi Walker successfully built relationships with many Members within our community and many more people outside as well, while widening our spiritual and program offerings and increasing Beth David’s profile and reputation. We particularly appreciated her expertise and support in helping Beth David move online in the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic and for her leadership during this challenging time.

Many of you have connected with Rabbi Walker personally, whether through her many outreach and education programs, experiences with the 20s/30s group that she established and nurtured, her engaging youth and families events, and more. We look forward to learning with Rabbi Walker through Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and the Jewish holidays, and I know that you will join me in wishing her a heartfelt todah raba and b’hatzlacha.

Going forward this year, Cantor Marshall Loomer and our Ritual Director Michael Rubin will continue to lead our weekday, Shabbat and holiday services, bringing, between them, over 40 years of exceptional pulpit and pastoral experience. As well, as announced last week, our Rabbi Emeritus Philip Scheim will be fulfilling limited teaching, pastoral care, and other rabbinic responsibilities, and will serve as our community’s Mara d’Atra until such time as a new Senior Rabbi is appointed, either as a result of a future merger with Beth Tikvah or through our own Senior Rabbi search.

Additionally, following the High Holy Days and throughout the year, we look forward to welcoming visiting Rabbis, other clergy and guest darshanim to Beth David for Shabbat morning services and other services and programs. In particular, as our relationship with Beth Tikvah continues to gain strength, we will make full use of opportunities to get to know their superb clergy team, including Senior Rabbi Jarrod Grover, Associate Rabbi Louis Sachs and Hazzan Tibor Kovari.

Thank you for your continued support of Beth David. Please let me know if you have any comments or questions.

Kind regards,

Andy Pascoe

Dear Beth David Community,

My decision to leave Beth David after the holidays was not an easy one, but it is the right one for me and my family during this time.  I appreciate your understanding and support. I will always value the time I was privileged to spend at Beth David and the relationships I formed with so many of you (and your children and grandchildren). 

To name a few: I loved working with the 20s30s Community; I will remember our Chanukkah party, hamantaschen baking, art workshop, and more. It was also a pleasure to work with the Youth and Families Committee to plan events for our youngest members; I will cherish the story times, Puppet Shabbats, and dropping off challah dough at many of your houses. I am thankful for the many Zoom services and learning programs, like Let’s Talk Torah and Rabbi vs Rabbi. Even while serving as your teacher, your comments and participation always taught me something new. Starting and ending Shabbat together with all of you, along with the rest of the clergy team for Kabbalat Shabbat and Havdallah, were a special part of my week. There are countless other moments I’m grateful to have shared with you, too many to list here. Whether we met in person or only through the chat function on Zoom, thank you for having me as a part of your community and a part of your lives.

I’m not saying goodbye just yet; we have a lot of learning, praying, and meaning-making to do for the holidays. I hope to see you in-person or online in the upcoming weeks, as we bring in 5782 together. 

With Gratitude,

Rabbi Walker
rabbiwalker@bethdavid.com
Wed, December 1 2021 27 Kislev 5782