Rabbi Aaron Bisno, Rodef Shalom Congregation’s senior rabbi, has taken a leave of absence “to have some time away from work,” the congregation’s president, Matthew Falcone, announced in a Nov. 30 email to congregants.
“We know that when someone important to the congregation takes a bit of time away, it can feel unsettling,” Falcone wrote. “However, please know that our senior leadership, board, and staff have been working to put special measures in place to ensure the congregation is running smoothly during Rabbi Bisno’s leave.”
No details were provided as to the particular reasons for the leave or its anticipated length.
Bisno has served Rodef Shalom since June 2004.
While Bisno is on leave, Rabbi Sharyn Henry, who has served the congregation since 1999, will “be here for our spiritual needs and concerns,” Falcone said in his email. Henry, Molly May and Don Megahan will be leading worship services and providing pastoral care.
While Bisno is away, the congregation will “probably bring someone in on a temporary basis” to provide additional support, Falcone told the Chronicle.
Falcone added that he hoped Bisno’s leave “will be as brief as possible. We are anticipating it will be through the end of the calendar year.”
In his email, Falcone asked the congregation to contact Rodef Shalom’s staff with any questions, rather than contacting the rabbi directly “out of respect for Rabbi Bisno.”
Bisno declined to comment. PJC
— Toby Tabachnick