Rabbi Wing for Five
By unanimous vote of the Temple Board, the newly negotiated contract between Rabbi Wing and Temple Beth-El was signed prior to our regular March Board Meeting. Rabbi will be with us as our longest standing Rabbi through (at least) June of 2020. Rabbi Wing will have served 13 years with Temple Beth-El as we move into the new five year contract beginning July 1, 2015.
From Rabbi Binah Wing
Dear Friends,Approximately 13 years ago, I was a rabbinic student looking forward to being ordained as a rabbi. I was looking for a congregation that would be the best match for my skills and personality. Like some of my classmates, I thought that perhaps I would start my career as an assistant rabbi in a large congregation. It was my father (z’l) who suggested that perhaps I would be best suited in a small congregation, known as a “solo.” And so, I began to look through the applications from smaller congregations. One of the questions was “What qualities are most important to you in your new rabbi?” One congregation’s top answer read, “A person who is warm, a sense of humor and not afraid to talk about feelings.” I saw that and said, “Mmmm, that sounds a lot like me.” Little did I know then that that moment was the beginning of my tenure as rabbi of Temple Beth-El in Rockford. Together we have formed a wonderful partnership and friendship which has brought holiness to our lives. It has been a wonderful fit since that first impression all those years ago.