GEORGETOWN \u2014 Come July 1, Temple B\u2019nai Chaim will have a new spiritual leader, cantor and educator in Cantor Harriet Dunkerley. She succeeds Rabbi Rachel Bearman, who led the congregation for the past six years. Bearman recently took a position as a rabbi at a large synagogue in St. Louis to be closer to her family. \u201cShe made invaluable contributions and will be greatly missed, but we are so excited about the new ideas and energies Harriet brings with her,\u201d the temple said of Bearman\u2019s departure. \u201cI am absolutely thrilled to be joining the TBC family,\u201d Dunkerley said in a statement. \u201cI look forward to dreaming together and working with our leadership to put those dreams into action, to building relationships and creating new and lasting bonds with all the members of our dynamic and warm community.\u201d She added, \u201cI look forward to raising our voices together in song, study and prayer both inside and outside of our beautiful sanctuary.\u201d June Mara, president-elect of the temple\u2019s board of trustees, said Dunkerley\u2019s qualifications were only part of what impressed the search committee. \u201cHer warmth, spirit of inclusion, exuberance and spirituality will serve our entire congregation while welcoming congregants back both virtually and, eventually, in person to our building,\u201d she said. A native of Annandale, Va., Dunkerley graduated with honors from Mary Washington College, earning a bachelor of arts in musical theater with a concentration in vocal performance and acting. She holds a master\u2019s degree in sacred music from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion and was ordained in May 2019. As a student, Dunkerley served as cantorial intern for congregations in Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut. Her experience has been furthered by studying Jewish mystical traditions and educational travel to under-served communities in Lithuania, the Republic of Georgia, Azerbaijan and the West Bank. Dunkerley, her husband John, a musician, and their daughter Rosella, soon to be Bat Mitzvah, are in the process of finding their new home near the temple. She can be reached at: email@example.com. Temple B\u2019nai Chaim is at 82 Portland Avenue in Georgetown, Conn. Information: 203-544-8695 or visit templebnaichaim.org.