Based-In Rabbi

Moishe House | Northern New Jersey, NJ, United States

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Posted Date 1/09/2024

Who We Are: 

Base is a movement of young rabbinic couples building a pluralistic, hospitality-forward vision of Jewish life that is inspiring, relevant, and purposeful. Base couples accomplish this by welcoming young adults into their home and modeling what vibrant home-based Jewish life can look like. From within their homes and neighborhoods, Base rabbinic couples cultivate authentic experiences for young Jews (22-35) seeking meaningful learning and community. Base rabbis, like the populations they serve, come from diverse backgrounds and are committed to fostering relationships with Jewish young adults that add meaning, purpose, and joy to their lives.

Based-In is the innovative part-time model of our highly successful Base program. It is designed for non-congregational rabbis who are looking to invest up to 15 hours of work per week in service of local young adults.

Base is a program of Moishe (pronounced moy-shuh) House, the global leader in peer-led Jewish young adult engagement. 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!

All voices are needed at Moishe House (please see our identity statements for more detail). 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 will serve a Base community by hosting two shabbat meals per month in your home, holding 8 one-on-one conversations per month, conducting 2 learning cohort sessions per month, and hosting 3 annual justice programs and holiday meals. All program supplies are reimbursed within dedicated budget. 

Your Jewish Mission

  • You believe in a pluralistic Judaism, and actively create space and spiritual practices for Jews of all and no labels.
  • You have an Authentic Jewish Personality, and model how to live an integrated Jewish life while inspiring others to do the same.
  • You are an Engaging Educator, experienced with teaching in the pedagogies of experiential education, hevruta, source-based text study, and others. You’ll use this experience to model and teach others how to find meaning, relevance, and purpose in the wide canon of Jewish wisdom.
  • You have a clear vision for the Jewish world that you want to share and a drive to actualize that vision. You understand the local, North American, and global Jewish landscape and can articulate your mission within it to people with different Jewish backgrounds, ideologies, and visions.
  • You are knowledgeable and a Life-Long Learner, sharing a reservoir of Jewish content, while simultaneously pursuing continued education and ongoing growth and development. 

Your Professional Identity

  • 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’re a Host and a Connector, capable of building rapport and developing meaningful relationships with a wide variety of people.
  • You have an Entrepreneurial Spirit, asking questions, trying new approaches to Jewish engagement, and demonstrating an appetite to take risks in order to actualize your vision for strengthening Jewish life.
  • 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. With the support of the Base National staff, you’ll manage much of your own daily schedule, including budgeting, marketing/outreach, project-management, and administrative duties. You know how to set appropriate boundaries and to ask for help when you need it.
  • You’re a Team Player, energized by collaboration and working in dynamic relationships with individuals, coworkers, organizations, and community partners.
  • You’re a Capacity Builder, leading an annual grassroots fundraising campaign to raise local funds.
  • You embrace and already effectively 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!

Minimum Requirements

  • You have a Bachelor’s Degree in any field, and Rabbinical Ordination, preferably having graduated from a rabbinic seminary.
  • You bring experience and interest in working with young adults, and a proven ability to relate to individuals currently in this developmental life stage.
  • You have demonstrated success working in informal education frameworks
  • You have demonstrated the ability to prioritize and balance multiple projects and stakeholders simultaneously. 
  • You have eligibility to work in the United States without employer sponsorship.
  • You are not currently serving in a full-time pulpit capacity.

The Fine Print:

The PT Based-In Rabbi is supervised by Base's Executive Director, works approximately 15 hours per week, in a Northern New Jersey location with a significant Jewish young adult population, and collaborates closely with the Base team. It is our 2023 goal to pilot Based-In Northern New Jersey with three part-time rabbis to build a unique learning cohort and support network.

Based-In rabbis meet for monthly supervision with their supervisor, attend a monthly meeting with the Based-In cohort, and a monthly learning session with the entire staff of Base rabbis.

Moishe House requires “full vaccination” for all staff and contractors to travel, work in offices, and participate in any Moishe House group gatherings. We use the CDC’s definition of “full vaccination” as the standard, with variations based on country as needed.

How Moishe House Takes Care of You:

  • You get to work with highly qualified, creative, and go-getter teammates and a dedicated supervisor
  • You'll receive significant support for your work, including ongoing coaching and mentorship from the Base national team, CRM database training, years of research and best practices on relational based engagement, and access to the vast network of Moishe House educators and professionals
  • You'll join the cohort of current Base Rabbis, and benefit from their ongoing learning, case study analysis, and sharing of best practices
  • Based-In Rabbis will benefit from regular one-on-one meetings with a supervisor and from cohort sessions
  • This position is eligible for the Parsonage Benefit through Moishe House
  • Parsonage benefit available for clergy employees

How Moishe House Pays You:

  • For the programming work in your home, you will be paid $2,250 per month

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.

Possible Steps in Our Hiring Process:
Step 1: Apply with your resume and cover letter on our website HERE, and you'll hear back from us!
Step 2: Video interview using a web-based platform
Step 3: Skills assessment, and interview(s) with the hiring manager(s)
Step 4: We'll check your references to hear about your past experience
Step 5: Get an offer letter, sign it, start your Moishe House journey!

Salary2,250.00 - 2,250.00 Month
Part Time, Contract, & Seasonal
Adult Education | Community Organizing | Community Outreach | Community Planning | Education - Other | Engagement | Events Management | Hebrew | Other | Programming | Public Speaking | Rabbi
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