Congregation Kneseth Israel | Annapolis, MD, United States

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Posted Date 3/21/2024

Congregation Kneseth Israel (CKI) is located in beautiful colonial Annapolis, the capital of Maryland.  CKI was founded in 1906 as an Orthodox synagogue but moved forward in 2000 with mixed seating.  Since then, women have become equal and active participants in religious services.


As our congregation looks forward, we seek to hire a dynamic Rabbi to grow and energize our membership.  Many of our current members are retirees, dedicated to welcoming new families and singles to our beautiful spacious sanctuary.  The successful candidate will provide inspiring religious services, classes, lectures, programs, and learning.  Music is an important spiritual cornerstone of CKI.  We are known for our outstanding choir and talented music director.  With vibrant Rabbinic leadership, our congregation has enormous potential to renew its legacy and continue as the beacon for the Annapolis Jewish community.


Primary Responsibilities


  • Provide religious and spiritual leadership to invigorate and energize members
  • Inspire Jewish knowledge, understanding, beliefs, and practices
  • Create personal and meaningful interactions with congregants and greater community
  • Promote communal activity and work to build membership


Principal Duties


  • Lead Shabbat, Holiday, and all services as needed
  • Lein Torah
  • Create a warm, welcoming and accepting prayer environment
  • Deliver meaningful sermons designed to educate, inform, challenge, and inspire
  • Coordinate and officiate lifecycle events, including but not limited to: Brit Milah, baby namings, B’nai Mitzvot, weddings, funerals, and Shiva services.
  • Work with the religious committee to address ritual practices, services, and holiday programs
  • Coordinate and deliver educational programs, designed to appeal to a broad range of participants
  • Actively seek and welcome new members
  • Work with the Board of Governors to establish strategies for active community participation 
  • Visit the sick, elderly, and shut-ins
  • Maintain an active presence on CKI social media and website
  • Be available in person, via telephone, email, and text for consultation with congregants



Education:  Ordination (Semicha), Learned in Halacha, Torah, Jewish History, literature, culture

Jewish Observance:  Highly engaged in Jewish spiritual path, demonstrate a strong commitment to Israel, sensitive to greater Annapolis Jewish community

Interpersonal and Communication Skills:  Enthusiastic and engaging, welcoming, and hospitable; open; gracious and empathetic; superb communicator

Additional Information:

  • Anticipated start date:  August 1, 2024
  • Competitive salary
  • Competitive fringe benefits


For further information or to apply for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Jack Schmerling at [email protected]


Full Time
Organization Type
Housing Benefit | Leave Early for Shabbat | Medical Insurance | Paid Vacation | Relocation Available | Sick Days
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