Temple Beth Israel (TBI) is a vibrant, family oriented, egalitarian Conservative synagogue of 260 families
now in our 88th year. We enjoy a highly participatory style of service on Shabbat and the Festivals, an
innovative religious school and a thriving pre-school. We are seeking an energetic, outgoing, and
thoughtful Music Director to partner with our Rabbi in maintaining and increasing the ruach and
spirituality of our prayer services. In addition, the Music Director will bring their passion for Jewish
music and prayer to help educate and inspire our adults, teens, religious school learners, and
Required Qualities and Skills:
Flexible and responsive to the changing needs of the community
• Creative, energetic, personable, and collaborative
• Organized self-starter who works well independently and as part of a team
• Engaging and effective educator
• Passionate about music as a teaching/engaging medium, with proficiency in an instrument that
can be an integrated into all aspects of synagogue life
• Well-versed in a variety of Nusachs for Shabbat and Festivals
• Comfortable with technology for creating, receiving, posting and sharing information and
engaging in on-line activities (e.g., Zoom, Google Drive, social media, etc.)
Desired Qualities and Skills:
• Ability to chant Torah, Megillot and Haftarah
• Fluent in Hebrew
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Bringing music into all of our religious services (Shabbat, holidays and Festivals), while
maintaining our participatory style, with the intent of expanding member participation and
increasing community ruach.
• While being respectful of the traditional melodies currently in use, the Music Director is
encouraged to introduce new tunes and melodies, as agreed by the Rabbi and Ritual
Chair/Committee, with the aim of expanding participation and increasing ruach. Use of
appropriate instrumentation for Shabbat services is welcome.
• We have lay members that chant Torah, the Megillot and Haftarah; however, ideally the Music
Director will fill in as needed, and also promote and teach such skills to our lay members.
• Lead or participate in our children services on selected Friday nights and Saturday mornings (Tot
Shabbat, Junior Congregation, etc.) when not needed in the main Sanctuary.
• In conjunction with the Rabbi and Religious School Director, plan and implement a curriculum
across all levels of the religious school for: musical appreciation, the teaching of Tefillah, Trope,
and davening skills, and general participation in youth services.
• Teach B’nai Mitzvah students how to chant Torah and Haftarah, as well as prepare them to lead
sections of the Shabbat services. The Music Director will coordinate with Religious School
teachers to understand any special needs and/or capabilities of each student and report their
progress to the Rabbi sufficiently in advance of the simcha so that adjustments to the student’s
participation can be planned.
• In collaboration with the Rabbi and Pre-School Director, plan and implement programming in
the Pre-School, using musical instruments, songs, and musical games related to Shabbat and the
holidays, as well as to Israeli culture.
• Generally assist and participate in TBI adult and youth (teen) education programs, including but
not limited to encouraging and teaching those who wish to learn to daven, lead services, and
chant Torah, Haftarah, or festival Megillot such as Ruth and Esther. Teaching to be done both as
classes and individually, as required.
TBI and Community Spiritual Motivator
• Initiate and participate in synagogue programming, in conjunction with synagogue staff and
committees, to add music to our events.
• Engage, inspire and motivate the congregation through music. Examples of activities might be:
organizing a children’s choir to perform from time to time, organizing a group of teen/adult
congregants to serve as a choir during parts of the services, establishing a TBI klezmer band or
other type of band, etc.
• Contribute to TBI’s website and monthly newsletter.
• Support synagogue efforts to increase membership and ensure that our current members’
needs are fulfilled.
• Organize community events to reach potential new members, such as a baby/toddler music
Note: This job description may be modified from time to time in keeping with the evolving needs of the Syn