My Goals As Your New President


Jay Jacobs

Shalom, BCC! This is my first article for G’vanim in quite a while and my first as President. Thank you to the clergy, staff and board members for making last week’s

Shabbat BCC board installation service meaningful, energizing, and engaging. Then, on Sunday afternoon, September 8, many of us attended our BCC Town Hall meeting. There, we responded to the findings from the Rabbinic Search Committee’s community reflection meetings and survey. This will help us prepare the application for publication through the Central Conference of American Rabbis in search of our next rabbi. It was great to see this community building in

action. You can find updates on our webpage at

Please let me share my goals with you as gathered from my experience as a member of BCC for the last 20 years (including serving on the board) and from my caring deeply about our successful transition over the next year:

• Invigorate BCC’s volunteer culture
• Increase engagement with LGBTQ, allies Jewish communities
• Define strategic priorities and prepare to celebrate our 50th anniversary (in 2022)
• Improve our long-term financial security

With these goals in mind, we will be on our way to embracing the future.

Also, I am including something new to this column with a word cloud extrapolated from a question on the community reflections survey.

Question 22 – What would you like rabbinic candidates to know about BCC?



This word cloud reflects the frequency of words used by survey respondents, with a larger font indicating a more frequent response. The search committee will translate this into a narrative with sentences that will describe BCC for rabbinic candidates. As you can see, our members believe BCC is best described as a welcoming and diverse community, congregant-centered, with an emphasis on being a safe place for LGBTQ individuals, their families, and an appreciation of our unique place in Jewish and LGBTQ history.

The High Holy Days will be here before you know it. A big thank you to our many volunteers. I invite you to engage and participate in 5780.

Shanah tovah u’metukah. Wishing you a healthy, sweet new year..

Jay Jacobs


This article was taken from G’vanim Issue 48 vol 1, September/October 2019 Check out the full issue

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