Naomi Myrvaagnes

The Search Committee


As I stood waiting at the side door with Rabbi Niederstein, I took in the first facts of the building. Maybe, I dared hope, my building. The synagogue fit between its neighbors like a molar. A modest plaque, near the rusted doorbell, commemorated the founding: Congregation B’nei Yisroel, 1909. I’d just noticed the pile of stray trash by the main entrance when a wisp of a man in an ancient gray suit let us in. Max Blumberg, the president. A yarmulke leaned precariously on his knobby forehead.

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  • Shelby Allen

    What a wonderful story. Sharply observed, warmly told. I was in the room with them! Touches on many familiar issues. I want to read the rest.

  • Susanne Klingenstein

    wonderful excerpt; so well-observed and written with knowledge and feeling. A three-dimensional character is beginning to emerge. I particularly like the touch about Sara (!) having to be the sacrificial clergy child. So true of clergy kids.