Who we are
Chizuk Amuno Congregation and Schools is a 1050-family Conservative synagogue in Baltimore, Maryland. We are home to a 320-student K-8 day school, a 135-children preschool, a 110-student Hebrew school, and a 60-student Hebrew high school, alongside a robust program of adult learning.
For more information about us, see www.chizukamuno.org. For more information about our Krieger Schechter Day School, see www.ksds.edu
What we seek
We seek a musical leader who will help us build an inspiring musical culture within our synagogue and schools.
The person who fills this position will need to be passionate about the ability of music to energize and unite a synagogue community and to elevate the prayer experience. They will need to be an enthusiastic learner and teacher of traditional and contemporary melodies. They will model a life of Torah and Jewish commitment.
Perhaps more than anything else the person who fills this position will know how to build community. They will be excited about developing strong relationships with the leaders, teachers, and students within our schools, and with as many as possible of our members. They will want to inspire congregants to be active, vocal singers and daveners from our seats in the sanctuary, and will enjoy teaching them to lead services from the bimah. They will work enthusiastically with young people from preschool through high school, helping them find regular ongoing roles in the congregation’s liturgical life and ensuring that they will never feel like a stranger in any Jewish service.
Specific duties will include:
develop and lead the implementation of a plan for infusing our services with spirit and soul, bringing new energy to our regular attendees and increasing our attractiveness to those who have not been fully inspired by our current offerings
infuse the revitalizing energy of Jewish music into our services, our schools, our programs, and the lives of our members
collaborate with staff and lay leaders across all parts of our congregation and schools to mobilize enthusiasm for this project
create roles for students of all ages within our services so they come to feel more at home in our sanctuary
teach our congregants the melodies and skills that will enable them to become more active participants in our liturgical life
demonstrate, in and out of the sanctuary, how traditional and contemporary Jewish music can touch us deeply and enhance our connections to the divine and to each other
cultivate rich relationships with congregants
serve as a frequent (though certainly not the only) sh’liach tzibur for Shabbat and holidays
The individual who holds the position will be involved with b’nai mitzvah students, but will not have direct responsibility for b’nai mitzvah tutoring or for administering the training program.
While strong musical skills (including vocal ability) are essential, the individual need not necessarily have received ordination as a hazzan. We welcome candidates of all genders, orientations, and backgrounds.
This is a full-time, 12-month position.
Compensation and benefits
Base compensation of $100,000 - $125,000, dependent on skills and experience, plus a benefits package. Compensation may be enhanced for individuals with rabbinic or cantorial ordination. The individual’s children will be eligible for at least partial tuition remission in our preschool, day school, and religious schools.
How to apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Relevant recordings or videos would be welcome as well. The search committee has already begun to review candidates, so please apply quickly!