Temple Israel, a vibrant, egalitarian, unaffiliated Conservative synagogue located in Vestal NY, is searching for a rabbi. Our Temple has a long history in the Binghamton area, and was originally established as Congregation Sons of Israel in 1866. Our goal is to observe Jewish rituals in an inclusive and spiritually meaningful way, and to serve the needs of our 160 member families. We are fortunate to have many members of our congregation who are learned, proficient in reading Torah and Haftorah, and graciously volunteer. We have an active Board, with many effective committees, including a Caring Committee and Adult Education.
We are seeking a dynamic rabbi who will cultivate a love of Judaism and Jewish life. Our leader will be inspiring, creative, and innovative, while sensitive to our traditions and customs. They will work with lay leaders to help create and execute a vision for what our community will be in the decade ahead. Our synagogue values providing balance between work life and life.
The responsibilities of our rabbi will include: leading all aspects of services for Shabbat and holidays, including reading Torah as needed; providing pastoral care, counseling, and support to congregants of all ages; inspiring participation in synagogue life within the membership and the broader Jewish community; as well as representing Temple Israel in the Greater Binghamton community.
We are blessed to be located in Greater Binghamton – a unique and cooperative Jewish community. Residents are often members of Beth David Synagogue (Orthodox) and Temple Concord (Reform), as well as Temple Israel. Binghamton is also home to an active Chabad and Hillel, which runs programming for the community as well as the large Jewish student population at Binghamton University. The Jewish Federation is active, supporting all of our community institutions, including the Jewish Family Service and the Reporter newspaper.
Our community includes a day school, Hillel Academy, which is housed in Temple Israel and is non-denominational. Other institutions include a JCC that houses an early childhood center and a full aquatics program.
Binghamton University has a vibrant Department of Judaic Studies and a Center for Israel Studies, as well as campus Hillel and Chabad. The Department and community work together to support a College of Jewish Studies lecture series.
Our greater community boasts an active arts calendar, including monthly art walks, Tri-Cities Opera, the Forum Theater which hosts a wide range of traveling Broadway shows and performances, and local theater companies. Binghamton University also hosts numerous concerts and theater performances. Binghamton is also home to minor league hockey and baseball. The area is dotted with parks, rivers, and lakes, and is home to miles of great hiking and biking trails.
Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter and resume to our Office Administrator Tammy via [email protected]. Questions may be directed to our search Co-Chairs, Mark Hubal ([email protected]) and Randy Friedman ([email protected])
The projected start date is August 1, 2023.