Co-chairs announced for Rabbi Search

The CBH Board of Directors and the Rabbinic Process Team are honored and proud to announce the Rabbi Search Committee Co-Chairs, Robin Kulakow & Rob Egel.

Robin Kulakow joined CBH as a UCD graduate student in 1984.  Robin and her husband, Bill Julian, married at CBH and their three children attended religious & Hebrew school, had their B’nai Mitzvahs and confirmations, and participated in the synagogue youth group, DRTY.  Robin has served on the CBH Board of Directors and on the Tree of Life Committee.  Most recently, Robin served on the hiring committee to select our new Executive Director.

Robin’s professional background includes:

  • Co-Founder of Putah Creek Council, serving on their Board for 15 years.
  • Founder of Yolo Basin Foundation and leading the effort to create the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, serving as their Executive Director for 25 years.

Robin’s skills in finance, human resources, Jewish spirituality and traditions, community connections, public relations/communications and collaboration will be great tools to help her lead the Search Committee.

Robin’s Statement of Interest: “I consider this an honor and am humbled by the Board and RPT’s faith in my leadership skills.  This is one of the most important tasks our congregation will undertake. I am looking forward to working with Rob and the Committee.”

Rob Egel and his wife, Dotti, have been members of CBH for 24 years.  Their children attended CBH religious & Hebrew school, had their B’nai Mitzvahs, confirmations, and participated in the synagogue youth group, DRTY.  Rob served on the CBH Board of Directors for 5 years, managed the Progressive Dinners for 4 years and Friday night onegs for 2 years (both with Dotti), and helped to establish and manage the CBH Men’s Club.

Rob’s professional background includes:
Rob recently retired after 36 years working for the State of California.  Rob served as:

  • Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs for the State Water Resources Control Board (16 years) and CAL FIRE (3 years).
  • Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning and Performance Measurement for the California Conservation Corps (5 years).
  • Chief of Regional Administrative Services for the Department of Toxic Substances Control (3 years)
  • Senior Fiscal and Policy Analyst for the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (9 years).

Rob’s professional background in finance, human resources, communications, and collaboration, and many years of active participation in CBH will be strong skills to help him lead the Search Committee.

Rob’s statement of interest: “The selection of a new rabbi for CBH is a seminal moment for our community.  We need to have a selection process that represents and reflects the diversity of CBH and that will result in a rabbi that will meet the needs of our community and provide the leadership to help meet the challenges we will face in the future.  I believe that I can effectively contribute to and help lead the Search Committee in its work and look forward to a successful collaboration.”