Kehillat Beth Israel (KBI), a Conservative synagogue in Canada’s capital city, is looking for a new Senior Rabbi to join us in July 2024. Our new Rabbi will lead a congregation that is strong, modern, Zionist, egalitarian and rooted in halachic traditions. They will help shape a Conservative congregation for the future.
KBI is a mid-sized congregation (500+ member units) with traditional ritual practices and a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We welcome and involve all Jewish people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, race, or ability. We welcome non-Jews who want to learn about congregational life or who support family members who are Jewish. Lifecycle services are available for individuals and all types of families. People of all abilities regularly participate in our programs and services. We pride ourselves on frequent lay-led minyanim and Torah reading.
Our congregation is vibrant and active, with members involved in Jewish and civic community institutions. We promote social action initiatives, such as operating the community’s Ottawa Kosher Food Bank. KBI also hosts Ottawa Talmud Torah, which is a Hebrew supplementary school that is open to the children of members and non-members alike.
Jewish Ottawa is welcoming and affordable, offering all the amenities of Jewish communal life: wonderful Jewish pre-schools and two K-8 schools, Kosher food, vibrant synagogues, an active Jewish Community Centre, and various synagogues. At its heart is the Jewish Community Campus, which is located in the city’s west end, and not far from our shul. The campus is home to many Jewish organizations. Ottawa’s growing Jewish community of 15,000 constitutes roughly one per cent of the population of the National Capital Region.
The Role of our new Rabbi
Our Rabbi is our Mara D’atra, teacher and spiritual leader. The Rabbi leads the professional staff, including our respected Cantor and our newly hired Director of Youth and Education Programming. The Rabbi also works in close collaboration with the Executive Director who leads the administrative staff.
We highlight four top responsibilities of our new Rabbi:
Leadership: Leading the congregation with spiritual and practical ideas that help it continue to grow.
Membership: Retaining current members, while attracting and integrating younger families and individuals.
Education: Delivering and supervising education programs for various ages, and providing Rabbinical leadership to KBI’s supplemental religious school and our teen program.
Pastoral Care: Reaching out to congregants, including those who are unwell, to provide connections, counsel and guidance.
Characteristics of our new Rabbi
Our new Rabbi will have strong leadership skills as we are searching for a leader with the vision and drive to steer our diverse and well-educated congregation. The successful candidate will use a range of leadership skills to build on current programs and develop new initiatives. As a strong educator, our new Rabbi will aim to expand congregational understanding and reflection. As a caring and empathetic person, our new rabbi will be skilled at providing pastoral care and able to connect with people of all ages.
Even though we are not restricting our search to members of the Rabbinical Assembly (RA), the Rabbi is expected to comport themselves in accordance with the laws and traditions of Conservative Judaism as determined by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. It will be an asset if a candidate is an RA member or realistically pursuing membership in the RA.
While we are searching for someone with sufficient rabbinic experience to fill the role of Senior Rabbi in a congregation of our size, we are certainly willing to consider applicants with less experience who show promise of being able to “grow into” the position.
Additional Information and Applications
A full information package, including compensation details, is available by contacting KBI Rabbi Search.
Applications are accepted on this site or by email at KBI Rabbi Search.
Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible, and no later than January 31.