Temple Emanuel-El is seeking a dynamic, experienced Songleader and engagement professional to enrich our already robust music and teen culture. The ideal candidate is a talented musician, passionate about engagement work and sharing their love of Judaism with congregants of all ages, but especially the students in our schools. The Songleader will primarily work with the Early Childhood Education Center (“ECEC”), Youth Learning + Engagement (“YL+E”, Temple’s youth and teen community), and Atid (Temple’s Young Adults Initiative). The Songleader will report directly to Cantor Vicky Glikin, Temple’s Senior Cantor, and will work closely with Shira Stevenson (Director of Youth Engagement), Lisa Yanofsky (ECEC Music Specialist), Cantor Leslie Niren (Associate Cantor), and Shelly Sender (Director of the ECEC). This is a full-time position, subject to full benefits, a moving stipend, and professional development resources.
- Responsible for leading groups in Jewish and secular singing sessions
- Develop a culture of song and ruach throughout the school and family engagement events
- Serve as music teacher for classes for children birth through kindergarten
- Serve as Songleader for all the Jewish Holidays and major events, such as Grandfriends Day and weekly Friday Shabbat celebrations
- Creatively enhance the school’s current song repertoire
- Host jam sessions for students, campers and staff
- Infuse spirit and enthusiasm into the school and camp community
- Work closely with Lisa Yanofsky, ECEC Music Specialist, to create a holistic musical experience for the children in the ECEC
Youth Emanu-El (YE) and Emanu-El 6/7 (YE6/7) are our K-5th grade and 6th/7th grade youth and teen communities that connect our youth to Jewish life outside of the classroom. These communities aim to create lasting friendships, positive Jewish connections and experiences, and a foundation upon which Jewish identity is built. The experience of Emanu-El 6/7 honors the unique experience of middle schoolers and their identity development and formation. Emanu-El 6/7 programming connects youth to Jewish life by focusing on participants’ curiosities, relationship building, and peer leadership opportunities.
- Be present at all Youth Emanu-El (YE) programming as a chaperone, adult role model and
musical leader. Events include, but are not limited to Parents’ Night Out, holiday celebrations,
social justice opportunities and more
- Work closely with Shira Stevenson, Director of Youth Engagement, to plan and implement YE6/7 engagement opportunities and Shabbatot from beginning to end. Ensure that there are age-appropriate activities, an appropriate adult to student ratio, and clergy involvement when applicable
- Work to ensure that all YE6/7 programming and events are planned with the unique experience of our middle school students in mind
- Track attendance of participants at events, analyze and use data for future recruitment and event planning
- Work with Director of Youth Engagement to recruit for YE and YE6/7 events, including:
- Build relationships with students
- Contact parents and students before events to encourage participation
- Contact parents and students after events to gather feedback and encourage continued
- Work with families and youth to ensure individual needs are accommodated
- Collaborate with the Director of Youth Education on all retreat and travel logistics including but not limited to booking transportation, collecting funds from participants, submitting deposits, working with travel organizers, etc.
- Responsible for planning and implementation of music and t’fillah education in YL+E’s Sunday morning program in collaboration with Cantors Glikin and Niren
- Tot Shabbat services on either Friday nights, Saturday mornings or Saturday evenings once per month
- ECEC Shabbat every Friday morning
- Youth and Family Shabbat, holiday worship including High Holy Days, Teen worship, B’Yachad (special needs) and Atid (Young Adults)
- Participation in congregational services welcome
- Develop song leading opportunities for interested teens
- Help to envision new ways to enrich Temple with music
- Service on faculty of Greene Family Camp highly encouraged
- Participate in the musical life of the congregation in ways that meet the candidate’s interests and abilities
- Experience working with and ability to relate to children and youth of all ages
- Strong musical background and ability to read music
- Training and experience in song leading
- Highly organized and able to handle multiple responsibilities
- Comfortable working in a small & large group setting
- Knowledge of school and camp songs and the ability to lead
- Excellent guitar skills
- Desire and ability to work with children indoors and outdoors
- Ability to relate to peers
- Good character, integrity, and adaptability
- Enthusiasm and fun
- Professionalism and a collaborative spirt
- Proficient at Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and Outlook
- Self-starter, ability to exercise initiative
- Willingness to be mentored, to grow and to learn
- COVID vaccination
Temple Emanu-El is a vibrant Reform Jewish community that strives to be a place of sacred encounter. It is a place where learning, prayer and deeds change people’s understanding of themselves, of their world and their responsibilities in it. Formed in 1872, Temple Emanu-El is the largest congregation in the Southwest and is among the largest in the United States with close to 2600 member families. You can learn more about Temple Emanu-El at https://www.tedallas.org/
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a resume and links to any samples of song leading to Cantor Vicky Glikin at [email protected] and to Julie Meyer, Director of Human Resources, at [email protected]
DALLAS: A Wonderful Place to Call Home
The Dallas Jewish Community
Our congregation and this city have grown up together ever since Temple’s founding in 1872. The Dallas Jewish community is warm, welcoming and diverse, with excellent relations among the different Jewish denominations and a true commitment to the strengthening of common bonds through supportive agencies, caring individuals, and a commitment to Federation-synagogue relations. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is now home to about 75,000 Jews and multiple congregations. There are a number of Jewish day schools in Dallas, including Levine Academy (a Solomon Schechter School) and Akiba/Yavneh Academy (affiliated with the Orthodox movement), both of which welcome Reform Jewish students.
Other outstanding communal institutions include the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Service, Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas (including the Dallas Jewish Community Relations Council and the Center for Jewish Education), Legacy Senior Communities (with two campuses), and the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. Dallas is also home to the office of North Texas Hillel and the ADL Texoma office.
Dallas is a thriving, diverse, and energetic city, welcoming to cisgender and LGBTQ+ singles, couples and families alike. From a thriving arts district to a downtown park that brings the city together, from a large farmers’ market to a dynamic restaurant scene to a magnificent arboretum and museums for every interest, from vibrant Hispanic culture to professional sports teams that inspire passion and heartbreak, Dallas has its multigenerational natives, and countless people each year who choose to make it home. Dallas offers a variety of neighborhoods, with excellent and diverse housing options that rank among the most affordable housing of any major city in the nation. And when you’re ready to head out of town, Dallas offers two accessible airports that make it a convenient gateway to anywhere you’d want to go.
Dallas also offers a strong educational and medical community. Southern Methodist University is right down the street from Temple Emanu-El, and numerous other colleges and universities attract diverse faculty and students. The Dallas Independent School District has excellent strategic leadership, and public schools whose quality and students are constantly improving. Numerous private schools offer a wide variety of cultural and academic approaches for children of all ages and needs. The medical community includes excellent care at numerous hospitals as well as centers for research and medical training.
Texas is a big state with a large and diverse population, and in the past year we’ve received a lot of political attention around some complex issues. So many of us have made it home because we know our voices matter here and we are committed to making the city the best it can be. A wide array of social service agencies collaborate to address issues of food insecurity, affordable housing, childcare, healthcare and more, with robust opportunities for volunteer support. The faith community is large and diverse and offers multiple coalitions which engage in advocacy and action on a variety of social justice issues to make our city and state a more whole and holy place.
For all the facts and figures, Dallas is ultimately about the relationships you make here, and you will never meet more wonderful, bright and caring people. They will feed you for months when you are in crisis and dance with you at your simchas. The culture is great and the airports are easy, but it’s the people who make Dallas home.