Who We Are:
Temple Beth Sholom of Orange County (TBS), is the oldest Reform synagogue in Orange County, California. For over eight decades, we have fostered strong Jewish identity and practice with innovative forms of Jewish expression, blending deep commitment to Tikkun Olam simultaneously. Building on our strong foundation, we are poised to launch our community into a new era of expansion, innovation and creativity. Our future is more than a question of numbers – it is also a challenge to reimagine and reshape how we rethink assumptions, experiment with innovations, multiply entry points and increase opportunities for participation.
In 2023, Temple Beth Sholom will celebrate our 80th anniversary. We are gearing up for that historic moment with year-long experiences of study, reflection, and celebration. TBS has been served with dignity and honor by wonderful rabbis, cantorial soloists, cantors, and educators. We experienced a reduction in membership due to personnel crisis and Covid. Thanks to the efforts of our lay leaders and volunteers, the hard work of our former Interim Rabbi and our new Senior Rabbi, Sharon Sobel, we are now experiencing significant growth and renewal. In the last five months alone, we have grown by over 10%, welcoming new and returning members consistently every single month.
Our Early Childhood Center (ECC) is considered the best in OC, with a standing waiting list, having to add classrooms and teachers every year. Its Jewish student population has grown to 50% and is a ‘feeder’ for TBS. (All ECC Jewish families are gifted a membership to TBS). TBS senior staff and clergy receive the benefit of being able to send their children (infant to pre-K) to the ECC gratis (part-time or full-time).
Our stunningly beautiful physical main campus has been fully remodeled and our smaller chapel has won awards for its unique and innovative architectural design. The garden and grounds are biblical in nature: all trees, plants, flowers are mentioned in the Bible or are found in Israel, including the many fruit-bearing trees. Our site is often requested by other groups as a venue for events due to our location and its beauty.
Thanks to the lovely Southern California weather, our Erev Shabbat services take place outdoors from the end of May - end of Simchat Torah, often with a communal Shabbat dinner beforehand. The entire front of our lobby (known as the “Living Room”) is glass, overlooking the lush grounds. These glass panels open fully, bringing the outdoors in, enabling events to be both “inside and outside” simultaneously. Many of our other events take place outdoors as well, on our beautiful lawn and grounds: our Summer Social Bash, Chanukah festival, Purim Carnival, Yom Ha’atzma’ut Festival and so much more. The school building also wraps around a large lawn, enabling our children to experience an outdoor learning environment as well as learning in their classrooms.
The most important aspect of Temple Beth Sholom, however, is the people: this is a community where the concept of “k’hilah k’dosha” is a living reality. Our dedicated, energetic and committed volunteers are the backbone of TBS. They bring to life our vision, values and all we do. Chavurot are an integral aspect of TBS life, providing “friends who are like family” for each other, social opportunities both within and outside of TBS events. Newcomers are welcomed to services and events with open arms and made to feel special, often not the case in synagogue life. If someone (or even the clergy!) is sick, members will call and offer food, rides and assistance with anything you need. The most special part of TBS are the people who make this place “home” for all who walk in our doors.
For more information, go to: www.tbsoc.com
Who You Are:
You are a dynamic leader with a background in Jewish education and music. You are an innovative thinker with a passion for the enrichment of modern Jewish life. You are looking for the opportunity to share and implement your creative ideas, to enhance worship, rituals and education at TBS. You love working in a collaborative team environment, partnering with staff, lay leaders, and members to build community.
This role, together with our Senior Rabbi, Executive Director and Early Childhood Education Director forms our Professional Leadership Team. Together they will collaborate with our lay leaders and each other to bring TBS’s vision, values and goals to fruition. Partnering with the Senior Rabbi, you will focus on our vision to enhance Jewish experience, engaging families, as well as helping to evolve our worship and ritual to elevate member engagement. We feel that bringing more music, as well as a greater variety of music to our community will help to achieve this goal. (We are a community that loves music, both what’s familiar and what is new to us).
Here's What You Will Get to Do:
- Work as a team member with our Senior Rabbi, professional staff and lay leadership, you will participate in the development of strategies and plans for TBS, many of which you will facilitate and implement.
- Provide effective leadership for our Religious School, Intergenerational Programs, and B’nai Mitzvah programs. You’ll be an active member of the teaching team.
- Lead outreach and engagement for younger individuals and families.
- Work in partnership with Senior Rabbi, staff and lay volunteers to plan and implement Holy Day, festival, and other all-congregation events
- Serve as integral member of clergy team, using musical gifts to raise our worship to a higher level, with Senior Rabbi to create meaningful Shabbat, Holy Day, Festival and other worship experiences, also providing congregants support through life-cycle events and pastoral care.
- Partner with the ECC to provide a weekly Shabbat experience and Tot Shabbat.
- Collaborate with volunteers on programs for young families. Our dedicated, energetic and committed volunteers are the backbone of our TBS experience.
- Partner with the Senior Rabbi and lay leaders on outreach to the non-Jewish and Interfaith community through Tikkun Olam and multi-faith programs.
Here’s What You Will Need:
- Cantorial or Rabbinic Ordination from an accredited seminary.
- Vocal and instrumental musical proficiency and experience
- A degree in Jewish Studies and /or Jewish education
- Experience as a Jewish educator, preferably across differing age groups
- Demonstrated ability to build effective relationships
- Experience leading worship, including chanting liturgy, Torah and Haftarah.
- Relevant experience engaging younger individuals and families
- Excellent facilitation, oral and written skills.
Orange County, California is culturally, religiously and economically diverse. We have a wonderful public school system, as well as excellent private and public universities. Chapman University, the wonderful local private university, has a fantastic Judaic studies program and renowned Holocaust Education Center and Library. Other local Jewish organizations include: the Merage Jewish Community Center, Orange County Jewish Federation, Jewish Philanthropies of Orange County, Heritage Point (a Jewish Assisted Living Center), several Hebrew Day Schools and Hillel of Orange County. Temple Beth Sholom is situated in an ideal location for recreation, with rich cultural and other wonderful opportunities, in close proximity to beaches, local mountains and desert communities. Orange County is replete with gorgeous local hiking and cycling trails. Our wonderful year-round weather invites an active lifestyle. Our central location offers a choice of airports and freeways close to San Diego, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Las Vegas.
Salary Range: $106,000 - $125,000 + benefits
Please send cover letter and resume to:
Rabbi Sharon Sobel: [email protected]