Rabbi Jessica Kessler Marshall, Temple Beth Or's Rabbi for the last nine years, will be leaving us on July 1, 2017. Here is an excerpt from her letter to the congregation:  

"It has been the deepest honor to be your rabbi sharing simchas and supporting each other through sorrows. I have treasured sharing Shabbat and holidays, deepening our relationships through learning Torah, shmoozing at onegs, meals in your homes, singing joyously, and so much laughter together...  ... After deep soul searching, I have decided not to renew my contract and to take time for personal and rabbinic growth as I explore other aspects of my rabbinate."

Temple President Mark Bresnick also wrote a letter to our members, which stated, in part:

"I want to thank Rabbi Marshall for her amazing leadership and service to the Temple and our Community. It has been a wonderful journey in which we have all shared special moments...   ...The Board will be evaluating a number of approaches going forward such as putting together a Rabbinic Search Committee and evaluating the options for short-term transitional rabbinic services. The Board will work closely with our Committee Chairs and our Religious School Director to make sure we have plans in place to meet the needs of our congregation as Rabbi Marshall transitions away, a new rabbi transitions in and/or we have a rotation and/or gap in rabbinic presence. Temple members will be actively engaged in helping to shape what this new future will look like. We will need members to represent our wonderfully diverse community and serve on a Rabbinic Search Committee and Transition Team. It is critical that we share our voices to help sharpen our vision and begin to turn that into reality."

 We will periodically update this page with the latest news regarding the status of our Rabinnic Transition process.


Meet with Rabbi Marshall on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, from 7:00-8:15 pm, at TBO.
Many congregants have expressed a variety of feelings over our rabbinic transition.
Rabbi Marshall would like to offer sacred space, in a small group setting, to share what being TBO's rabbi has meant to her, and for congregants to share their thoughts and feelings. Our gathering will include a small ritual. We hope to see you there.
Weekend Celebration of Rabbi Jessica Marshall
Saturday, May 20 - Havdalah and Reception
Sunday, May 21 - Music and Celebration Program