Congregational Rabbi

Woodstock Jewish Congregation | Woodstock, NY, United States

Posted Date 10/17/2022

Established in the mid-1980s, Kehillat Lev Shalem, the Woodstock Jewish Congregation(WJC), is a 300+ household synagogue where the founding members remain actively involved and new members continuously add to the vibrancy of our community. We are located in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley between the thriving small town communities of Woodstock and Saugerties, just 15 minutes from Kingston, one hour from Albany and two hours from New York City. The WJC is a community of Jewish seekers from a full spectrum of Jewish practice, including those who came to Judaism by choice and/or partnership. This is an opportunity to join a sought-out congregation known for its welcoming, inclusive atmosphere where we pray together enthusiastically, share simchas, mourn losses, learn, grow, advocate for social justice, and work towards tikkun olam together. We are seeking an inspirational leader to guide our unaffiliated, progressive, diverse, vibrant, multi-generational congregation. The ideal candidate creates a worship service that is joyful, contemplative, music-filled, and participatory. This rabbi loves to teach, and values Jewish education in all its manifestations. The candidate must wholly embrace interfaith families as well as members with varying degrees of observance.


Primary Responsibilities:

Worship Leader:
• Leads regular religious services, including Shabbat, holidays, and other rituals
• Appreciates and uses service leadership as an opportunity to inspire, educate, and uplift
• Creatively brings traditional and modern music, poetry, and storytelling to services
• Prioritizes multi-access services



• Teaches weekly adult education class
• Creates additional community-wide learning opportunities
• Oversees Family School, B-Mitzvah, and conversion instruction
• Teaches Jewish values and perspectives in a broad spectrum of congregational programming, including meetings, gatherings, and casual interactions  

Pastoral Duties:

• Provides spiritual and emotional support to members
• Engages with members in need of counseling
• Is committed to making time for visiting the sick and comforting the bereaved

Life Cycle Duties:
• Officiates at simchas and life cycle events (including interfaith ceremonies), and provides bikkur cholim, shiva, and bereavement support Synagogue

Outreach and Membership Development:
• Grows the WJC membership by creating an inviting and inspiring atmosphere, and by serving as a leader in the larger community Community

• Encourages a sense of community within the congregation
• Serves as ambassador for the WJC in the community at large
• Fosters collaborative relationships with other local religious and social service/social justice organizations

Administrative Duties:
• Maintains regular office hours
• Attends monthly board meetings and prepares a written report
• Attends additional monthly committee meetings (e.g., ritual and family school)
• Writes weekly Shabbat message for email distribution as well as other communications about significant community, national, and world events


• Ordination from an accredited rabbinical seminary following completion of a multi-year program of rabbinic study and a minimum of 3-5 years experience as a congregational rabbi; soon-to-be ordained rabbis may be considered.
• Comprehensive Jewish spiritual and cultural knowledge
• Strong working knowledge and proficiency in Hebrew, nusach, and liturgy
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills
• Computer proficiency
• Accepting of a spectrum of religious beliefs, practices, and observances
• Welcoming to people of all ages, backgrounds, and circumstances


A successful candidate will bring:
• Joyful presence on the bimah
• The ability to inspire and connect with a spiritually vibrant, inclusive, and welcoming community
• Musicality
• High personal, ethical, and professional standards
• Outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills
• Ability to collaborate effectively with volunteers, staff, and lay leaders
• A level of comfort engaging with social media platforms
• Fundraising experience
• A passion for Yiddish is a plus!


To apply for the position send the following required application materials:
• Cover letter detailing your suitability for our position
• Current, detailed resume
Optional Materials:
• Written sample or video of your work (service, sermon, music...)

Salary Range: $110,000 - $140,000, commensurate with experience
Benefits: We are committed to supporting our rabbi with a benefits package that suits their needs.
Position Start Date: July 1, 2023

Salary110000.00 - 140000.00 Annual
Full Time
Organization Type
Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Relocation Available | Sick Days
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