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Posted January 13, 2021

Shalom, Rabbi Botnick!

Less than two weeks remain before Rabbi Botnick leaves Mishkon and Venice.  He wishes he could meet with all of you in person as a group to say goodbye, but he recognizes how unrealistic that is.  So he’s asked instead for an album made of notes, cards, letters, and photos that you send in to share your memories and best wishes.  He’s looking forward to taking the album with him on his next adventure.  You can send whatever you want included to our specially created email address,  We will put it all together in an album for him. 
Separately, if you want to meet up with him individually either online or in person (masked and socially distanced outdoors, of course) to say goodbye, you can make those arrangements by visiting
Rabbi Botnick will be sending everyone a final email before he leaves, so look out for that in your inbox.
And, finally, his last services – and his last days at Mishkon – are the weekend of January 22-23.
Log in to Zoom with your full name so the host can identify you. The password for each service is Mishkon. 
Friday night January 22, the Kabbalat Shabbat service starts at 6 p.m., but you can come early (5:30) and stay late to schmooze with him.  Click here to join.
Saturday morning January 23, the Shabbat service starts at 10 a.m., but you can come early (9:30) to schmooze with him.  Click here to join.
Immediately after the Shabbat morning service, we will be celebrating our Tu BiShvat Seder, and you can participate and stay afterward to schmooze with him.

Posted January 5, 2021

We are delighted to announce that today Rabbi Joshua Katzan signed his contract with Mishkon, and on January 24, he will officially become Mishkon’s next rabbi.
Between now and January 24, Rabbi Josh, as he likes to be called, will spend some time becoming familiar with our buildings and our operations.  Rabbi Botnick and Executive Director Kelley Courtney will help him.  
Rabbi Josh brings to Mishkon decades of experience as a rabbi and educator of children and adults. A graduate of Cal State Northridge and the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University), he is an expert in rabbinic literature and a skilled musician, and he holds certifications in Jewish meditation instruction and non-profit business management. He has also lived and studied in Israel.
In addition, Rabbi Josh has deep roots in the Mishkon community. His great-grandparents were founders of Mishkon, his great-grandfather was the first president of Mishkon, and his parents were married at Mishkon. 
He is eager to begin work and get to know our community.  Given the enthusiastic feedback we received from the membership following last month’s get-to-know-you weekend, we could not be more pleased to welcome him as our community’s next spiritual leader.
We will keep you posted as plans for welcoming Rabbi Josh get underway.  We want as many Mishkonians as possible to participate.
Separately, we will begin the process of saying goodbye to Rabbi Botnick.  We have been working with him to develop plans that will let everyone participate safely in sharing their memories with him and wishing him happiness and success in England and in his new pulpit.  We will keep you posted about the plans.

Posted December 29, 2020

Following the recommendation of the Rabbi Search Committee, this evening the board held a special meeting to vote on the nomination of Rabbi Joshua Katzan to be Mishkon’s next rabbi. The motion passed unanimously. 
As a result, Cindy Goldstein, as president, will begin to negotiate terms with Rabbi Katzan. 
At the meeting, Rabbi Search Committee chair Andrew Bender thanked the committee, all who attended the get-to-know-you weekend with Rabbi Katzan, and those who offered their feedback, which helped guide this decision. He also thanked Cindy for her leadership during this period of transition.  
We are delighted to begin this next phase of Mishkon’s long history and will continue to keep you up to date with emails and the Rabbi Search page on the website. If you have any questions about the search, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions here or email the committee at


Mon, January 18 2021 5 Shevat 5781