As you know, a Search Committee was formed for the purpose of identifying qualified candidates to succeed Rabbi Bassous. The committee has been collecting resumes, contacting candidates, and conducting phone and personal interviews.
We are happy to announce that Rabbi Daniel Kada will be visiting our congregation for Shabbat Ki Tavo. Rabbi Kada currently is Rabbi of the Wembley Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in London. He received his Semicha from the Kollel of Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu (former Chief Rabbi of Israel). He is also studying to become a lawyer at King’s College London.
Married with three young children, Rabbi Kada has given lectures on a wide spectrum of topics in Judaism, including Shabbat, kashrut, philosophy and theology, marriage, chinuch, Torah and science. He is also a Ba’al-Koreh. A shiur given by Rabbi Kada can be found at
The Search Committee was very impressed with Rabbi Kada’s credentials, his personal interview, and the above-mentioned shiur.
Following is the tentative schedule of Rabbi Kada’s visit:
Friday evening, September 20: Rabbi Kada will be Hazzan for Kabbalat Shabbat and he will give a short talk after arvit.
Shabbat day, September 21: Rabbi Kada will read from the Torah, give the sermon before Mussaf, and lead us in Mussaf. Rabbi Kada will spend some time meeting and greeting people during kiddush.
On Shabbat afternoon, Rabbi Kada will give the class before Mincha and the class during Seudah Shelishit.
It is very important that all of our members meet and familiarize themselves with candidates for the position of Rabbi of Etz Ahaim. There cannot be a more important decision for the future of our congregation than selecting our next rabbi.
The Search Committee plans to invite additional candidates for the position of Rabbi of Congregation Etz Ahaim after the holidays. Please come to synagogue during Rabbi Kada’s visit and feel free to give the Search Committee your input regarding Rabbi Kada.
Rabbi Search Committee of Congregation Etz Ahaim (Haim Baruh, Aaron Epstein, Rabbi Behzad Hakakian, Dina Horowitz, Steven Lipstein, Ray Morris, Richard Shakarchi, Sari Shalmon, David Tawil)