Who We Are:
Moishe (pronounced moy-shuh) House is what being Jewish in your 20s is all about. Launched in 2006 when four friends began hosting Shabbat dinners in their home, Moishe House provides a space for over 70,000 young adults around the world to create meaningful, welcoming Jewish communities for themselves and their peers each year. To date, there are more than 150 communities in over 40 countries, and we’re still growing!
Base empowers the best rabbinic leadership in North America to build a new type of pluralistic, communal rabbinate. From within their home and neighborhood, the Base rabbinic couple works together to cultivate an authentic experience for young Jews (22-35) seeking a meaningful outlet for learning and community. Base rabbis, like the populations they aim to serve, come from diverse backgrounds and are committed to fostering relationships with Jewish young adults that add meaning, purpose, and joy to their lives.
This position will lead the Selma and Lawrence Ruben Base in New York City. We are also hiring a new Base Couple in Los Angeles. If you are open to either location, you only need to submit one application but must indicate your location preference in your cover letter. The prospective Rabbi will complete the application by submitting their resume and cover letter in one document, and their partner's resume in a second document. Any invitations to interview will include the Rabbi and Partner.*
All voices are needed at Moishe House. Every new member of the Moishe House team is an opportunity for us to introduce fresh perspectives, talent, and skills into our workforce and our communities. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds, faiths, and life experiences to join our team located in the United States, South America, Europe, and the former Soviet Union. Our vision, in part, is for a fair and equitable workplace, where diversity is celebrated and can truly flourish.
Who You Are and What You’ll Do:
- You believe in the Base model and the wider Moishe House mission of creating community for young Jewish adults.
- You bring creativity, vision, and resilience to your engagement work.
- You have a clear vision for the Jewish world that you want to share and an entrepreneurial spirit to actualize that vision.
- You’ll build the local Base Community through:
- Building one-on-one relationships with at least 180 Jewish young adults over the course of a year.
- Reaching at least 500 unique individuals by offering them a variety of immersive Jewish experiences along the four Base pillars (see below)
- Inviting young adult Jews from your community into your home for Shabbat and the Jewish holidays (4 meals per month on average), creating and leading dynamic learning opportunities including classes and retreats (6 learning classes per month and one retreat per year), facilitating community service and civic engagement projects (one per month), and providing pastoral counseling (15 conversations per month), while meeting specific metrics for each.
- You’ll build connections with community members based on repeated, substantive, personal experiences, so that at least 40% of individuals return on a regular basis.
- You have an Authentic Jewish Personality, and model how to live an integrated Jewish life while inspiring others to do the same.
- You’re a Relationship Builder, capable of building rapport and developing meaningful relationships with a wide variety of people.
- You are an Informal Educator, experienced with the theory and practice of informal/experiential education. You’ll use that knowledge to model and teach others how to create the most effective opportunities for meaningful Jewish experiences.
- You are knowledgeable and a Life-Long Learner, providing a reservoir of Jewish content to share, while simultaneously pursuing continued education and ongoing growth and development.
- You’re a Strategic Community Organizer, determining how to best reach and impact young Jewish adults not currently involved in the traditional networks, and utilizing community organizing methodologies for success.
- You’re a Self-Starter, highly motivated, driven to succeed, reflective, and open.
- You’re a Team Player, energized by collaboration and working in dynamic relationships with individuals, organizations, and community partners.
- You have an Entrepreneurial Spirit, asking questions, trying new approaches to Jewish engagement, and demonstrating a willingness to take risks in order to actualize your vision for strengthening Jewish life.
- You’ll lead and organize an annual grassroots fundraising campaign to raise local funds.
- You have a bachelor’s degree in any related field; four additional years of full-time experience may be substituted for the degree.
- You have Rabbinical Ordination, preferably having completed formal training and graduated from a rabbinic seminary.
- You have 2+ years professional work experience through full-time employment, and/or internship experiences.
- You bring experience working with young adults, and a proven ability to relate to individuals in this developmental life stage.
- You have demonstrated success working within informal education frameworks.
- You currently live in a shared home with your committed partner who serves as the Base Partner.*
- You’re able to prioritize and balance multiple projects and stakeholders simultaneously.
- You are proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); experience with Salesforce or other CRM preferred.
- You embrace and demonstrate the Moishe Mindset: Be the Difference, Connect & Listen, Invest Wisely, Embrace the Unknown, Own It!, Value People, and Work Well, Live Well, and Have Fun!
- You have eligibility to work in the United States without employer sponsorship.
The Fine Print:
The Base Rabbi is supervised by the Base Program Director and is an integral member of the Moishe House team and Base Movement. The Base Rabbi receives ongoing support from the Base National team, including:
- Monthly gatherings with the other Base teams and Base rabbis
- Participation in the Annual Summit for Base teams
- License and training for Salesforce CRM
- Contributing to Base Movement projects such as the Base Teshuvot and other thought pieces, publications, and research reports
- A dedicated supervisor for coaching and direction as needed
- Access to Spiritual Direction
To read more, see our Frequently Asked Questions HERE.
*The Base Partner is the partner of the Base Rabbi and serves in a role critical to Base’s success. Base is about welcoming young adults into a shared home and modeling what vibrant home-based Jewish life can look like. We welcome Partners from a wide variety of personal and professional backgrounds to this position.
Base Partners serve as key thought partners in the building of the Base community, and are expected to be an enthusiastic co-host, helping with planning, preparation, and hosting of events and gatherings (an average of 15 hours per week) and are compensated $20,000 per year for their contributions. To the extent partners want to provide formal programming, we welcome their Jewish (and other) expertise.
- Serve as a primary thought partner for your local Base in building and developing the Base community, including formal and informal strategic planning discussions (3 hours per week on average)
- Co-host guests in your Base home for Shabbat and holiday meals (4 hours per week on average)
- Organize service opportunities for the Base Community (2 hours per month on average)
- Welcome new Basers into the community through one-on-one coffee meetings (2 hours per month on average)
- Help with preparation, planning, and hosting programs (5 hours per week on average)
- May teach and/or facilitate Jewish learning classes or gatherings, if qualified (requires significant previous experience) (2 hours per week on average)
- Embrace the Moishe Mindset: Be the Difference, Connect & Listen, Invest Wisely, Embrace the Unknown, Own It!, Value People, and Work Well, Live Well, and Have Fun!
How Moishe House Takes Care of You:
- Healthcare: Health, vision, dental, and mental health benefits ($0 employee contribution option available)
- Time off: 15 days paid time off (PTO) per year that increases with continued employment (additional benefits for former Hillel and BBYO employees through the Talent Alliance) PLUS office closures and up to 7 floating holidays for Jewish and US holidays
- 401(k): up to 3% matching after one year of employment
- Flexible Spending Account options
- Quarterly paid day of service to give back to your community
- Highly qualified, creative, and go-getter teammates and a dedicated supervisor
- Company discounts on flights, hotels, sporting events, concerts amusement parks, gyms, and more through Plum Benefits
How Moishe House Pays You:
- Moishe House’s starting salary ranges are based on education, experience, location, and skillset required for each role.
- Starting salary range for this position is $92,000 - $97,000
- Housing Stipend to cover up to 50% of rent, exact amount TBD and will be based on market rates.
- Annual merit-based salary increases.
How Moishe House Invests in You:
- $750 annual professional development fund
- One-on-one Jewish learning with an approved educator of your choice
- Local professional learning opportunities
- Opportunities for advancement through Moishe House’s career path planning
- Opportunities to attend Moishe House Learning Retreats and Conferences
Moishe House is a dynamic organization that recognizes and supports individuals from a broad range of experiences and backgrounds. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, childbirth, physical disability, mental and/or intellectual disability, age, military status or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression), medical condition (including, but not limited to, cancer related or HIV/AIDS related), genetic information, or sexual orientation.