Rabbi

Rabbi/Cantor/Educator

Congregation Agudath Achim is a welcoming, inclusive, progressive, non-affiliated synagogue located in Taunton, Massachusetts at the intersection between Boston and Providence, RI. Our small progressive congregation, whose members come from a broad spectrum of Jewish backgrounds, welcome and celebrate where each individual is along their spiritual path. We are a ‘family of friends’ who value community, family and chavurah.

We are looking for a full time/part-time Rabbi or Cantor to serve the religious, spiritual, educational, and emotional needs of the congregation and sometimes the larger community with inspirational leadership. Someone with acceptance of interfaith and same-sex couples in all aspects of Jewish life, including weddings, B'nai mitzvot, funerals, and other life events. Someone with experience working collaboratively with lay leadership. The Rabbi will be instrumental in shaping and
modeling the congregation’s religious and spiritual values for congregants and for the community.


RESPONSIBILITIES

Rituals
Lead services: Saturday morning services with Torah reading, Shabbat Rishona children's service 1st Saturday of the month, High Holidays with cantorial soloist, Holidays (Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Hanukkah, Purim, Pesach, Shavout)

Offer a sermon/teaching of current Torah reading/discussion of Torah reading
Coordinate participation in weekly services
Plan High Holiday services including coordination with cantorial soloist/musical accompaniment (The congregation also hires a High Holy Day cantor/cantorial soloist, the incumbent has served the congregation for over 12 years)
Lead, through the cantorial soloist, musicians, and choir, the congregation’s ongoing and engaging exploration of religious and spiritual musical expression and foster a high standard of music in our services and activities
Support the development and instruction of lay leaders to lead additional services
Conduct life cycle rituals (birth/naming/brit, funerals, B'nai mitzvah, weddings, conversion)
Hanukkah lighting of the Menorah on Taunton Green
Set policy and supervise Kashrut standards for the synagogue and its kitchen facilities, in collaboration with the religious practices committee


Education
The principal of religious school including developing curriculum for pre-school through B’nai Mitzvah and high school/madrichim with social action emphasis
Supervision of religious school faculty members
Provide general oversight of B'nai mitzvah program, including classroom lessons, private tutoring, support and counseling for our b’nai mitzvah students and families
Provide adult education programs based on membership requests
Educate members and community on history, culture, custom, Torah, Israel, religion, spirituality, and other aspects of Jewish life
Personal professional development. Attend workshops, classes, and training for professional development
Develop and coordinate family educational and holiday programs
Serve on Religious Practices committee, guiding the decision-making process and monitor agreed upon practices and addressing questions of a practical, spiritual and/or social nature


Pastoral and Outreach
Bikkur Holim- care of the sick, including visiting Jewish residents of local nursing or assisted living facilities and those hospitalized
Offer support and counseling in pre-marital, marital, divorce, mourning and other life cycle circumstances. Be available, as is practical, during reasonable office hours, for consultation
Attend shiva and/or ensure attendance of lay leaders
Create a sense of community within the congregation and in the broader community; encourage inter-Judaic and inter-faith respect and understanding for Judaism
Attend meetings and participate in events of various community and Jewish organizations
Member of Greater Taunton Clergy Association, Massachusetts Board of Rabbis

Administrative/Communication
Attend monthly Board of Directors meeting, provide a monthly report of rabbinical activities
Attend appropriate community meetings as rabbinical representative of the congregation
Manage significant sections of monthly newsletter, website, Facebook page
Participate in fundraising activities for the congregation
Meet with prospective members and ensure they are warmly welcomed into the community; encourage members to play an active role



PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES
Compassionate, accepting of diversity, warmth, energetic, creative
Ability to interpret Judaism in meaningful and relevant ways
Openness to all, including interfaith families, LGBTQ individuals, people of color, people with special needs
Ability to foster a sense of community within the membership
Passion for education
Desire to engage the community, hands-on attitude in continuing to grow our congregation

WHO WE ARE

Congregation Agudath Achim is an independent, progressive community synagogue founded over 100 years ago by primarily Russian immigrants. We are proud of our diverse, eclectic, and welcoming community where we celebrate the many individual Jewish traditions which contribute to making our synagogue a true family.

Our synagogue is in the town of Taunton, Massachusetts. Our community includes the towns of Taunton, Raynham, Lakeville, Norton, Easton, Middleboro, Mansfield, Dighton, Rehoboth, Freetown, Bridgewater, and Berkley. We are located approximately 50 miles south of Boston and 30 miles east of Providence, RI or Cape Cod.

Our members come from a wide variety of Jewish traditions, primarily Reform but many from Conservative, inter-faith and secular backgrounds. While our founders included almost exclusively Russian immigrants, we now celebrate the diversity of our community which includes families from Portugal, Honduras, Ukraine, and Israel.

Application Instructions

Applicants apply directly to Employer.
Please send a cover letter and resume to Mija Almeida. We will review your resume and contact you if we are interested in scheduling an interview.
[email protected]


Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, medical, vision, dental, housing benefit, Life Insurance
  • Other Benefits: Publications, Workshops, Travel, Dues, Continuing education
  • Preferred Experience: Unspecified
  • Preferred Degree: Rabbinical
  • Job Posted: 2021-01-18
  • Times this job has been viewed: 719 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Principal / Head of School, Rabbi, Cantor
  • Organization Type: Synagogue
Job Location
Congregation Agudath Achim
36 Winthrop Street
Taunton , Massachusetts 02780
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