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Rabbi Search Information



Jim Isaacson and Nicole Fenwick are the Co-Chairs of our Rabbi Search Committee. The Committee is working hard to find us a Rabbi who meets our needs here at Congregation Kol Ami.

Our new Rabbi, whoever that may be, will begin on July 1, 2018. 


As always if you have suggestions or wish to receive more information about our search, contact



January 18th, 7:00 p.m. (Location TBA)

There will be a Town Hall to get feedback from the community on the Rabbi Search process. Please come and help us make sure we choose the right rabbi for Kol Ami.



The Rabbi Search Committee, chaired by Jim Isaacson & Nicole Fenwick, is pleased to announce Rabbi Michael Gilboa’s visit us on January 26-28. He is currently serving as the halakhic authority and part-time rabbi at Congregation Beth Jacob, a Conservative congregation, in Fresno, California. He was ordained in 2014 at Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, California.


Prior to this position, he was the rabbi at Ahavath Achim Hebrew Congregation in Wichita, Kansas where he served as the sole spiritual leader and was deeply involved in their religious school. He was instrumental in growing and leading his congregation which included outreach, fundraising, inclusivity, and educational programming

He also has participated in the Onkeles 2.0 YouTube Channel, seeking to make D’rei Torah and Jewish learning more accessible to the public.  He is developing new ideas regarding the synagogue in the 21st century, in what he calls Third Space Philsophy, the Third Space being neither home, nor work, but any other space where people gather to socialize.


Originally from Iowa, Rabbi Gilboa has spent much of his life on the West Coast. Family is of utmost importance to him, from his wife and children to his dogs. He currently is the primary caretaker for his two young children. Rabbi Gilboa enjoys hiking, travel, reading, and movies.

His references, phone and skype interviews suggest that he might be an excellent candidate to address the many needs of “all our people” be they Reform, Conservative or beyond. As with all our visiting candidates, we encourage you to attend services and the Oneg or Kiddush after services to meet Rabbi Gilboa. He will also be in Religious School on Sunday, January 28th, to meet the teachers, parents and our children and their parents. All are welcome to come!


Please keep in mind that while we will be considering whether we want to invite Rabbi Gilboa to move to Salt Lake City and Congregation Kol Ami, know also that he will be considering whether ours is a family he wants to join. Just as he will take care to present himself in a best, but true and authentic, light, let’s show him our warm and welcoming community at Kol Ami.





Sun, January 21 2018 5 Shevat 5778