DESCRIPTION OF CANTOR POSITION
Temple Beth Israel (TBI) is a vibrant, family oriented, egalitarian Conservave synagogue of 260 families
now in our 88th year. We enjoy a highly parcipatory style of service on Shabbat and the fesvals, an
innovave religious school and a thriving pre-school. Our Rabbi is entering his 12th year with us and we
are seeking an energec, outgoing, amiable cantor to partner with our Rabbi in the spiritual, pastoral,
and educaonal leadership of our community.
Desired Qualities and Skills:
• Flexible and responsive to the changing needs of the community
• Energetic, personable, collaborave and humble
• Organized self-starter who works well independently and as part of a team
• Engaging and effecve 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
• Ability to chant Torah, Megillot and Haarah
• Well versed in a variety of Nusach for Shabbat and Festivals
• Sensitive Pastoral caregiver
• Fluent in Hebrew
• Comfortable with technology for creang, receiving, posng and sharing informaon and
engaging in on-line acvies (e.g., Zoom, Google Drive, Slack, etc.)
Dues and Responsibilies:
• Daven all required services, maintaining our parcipatory style. Services include but are not
o Shabbat (Friday night and Saturday morning)
o All holy days and fesvals with appropriate nusach
o Parcipaon in Sunday and Wednesday morning minyans is welcome but not required
• While being respecul of the tradional melodies currently in use, the Cantor is encouraged to
introduce new tunes and melodies, as agreed by the Rabbi and Ritual Chair/Commiee, with the
aim of expanding parcipaon and increasing ruach. Use of appropriate instrumentaon for
Shabbat services is welcome.
• The Cantor is our default Shliach Tzibur however, lay members do and should be encouraged to
lead parts or all of certain services.
• We have lay members that chant Torah, the Megillot and Haarah however the Cantor shall fill
in as needed, and also promote and teach such skills to our lay members.
• Lead children’s services on Saturday mornings (Tot Shabbat, Junior Congregaon, etc.) when not
needed in the main Sanctuary.
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• In conjuncon with the Rabbi and Religious School Director, plan and implement a curriculum
across all levels of the religious school for: musical appreciaon, the teaching of Tefillah, Trope
and davening skills, and general participation in youth services.
• Teach B’nai Mitzvah students how to chant Torah and Haarah as well as prepare them to lead
the service. The Cantor shall coordinate with Religious School teachers to understand any
special needs and/or capabilies of each student and report their progress to the Rabbi
sufficiently in advance of the simcha so that adjustments to the student’s parcipaon can be
• In conjunction with the Rabbi and Pre-School Director, plan and implement programming in the
Pre-School curriculum associated with the teaching of songs and musical games related to
Shabbat and the holidays as well as to Israeli culture.
• Generally assist and parcipate in TBI adult and youth (teen) educaon programs, including but
not limited to encouraging and teaching those who wish to learn to daven, lead services, and
chant Torah, Haarah, or fesval Megillot such as Ruth and Esther. Teaching to be both as
classes and individually as required.
• Support the Rabbi with officiang at life cycle events and parcipaon in hospital and home
visits, shiva calls, etc.
• Provide spiritual leadership in the Rabbi's absence.
• Actively collaborate with all professional staff and lay leadership.
TBI and Community Spiritual Motivator
• Observe Shabbat and maintain kashrut, however the Cantor may drive to the synagogue on
• Initiate and parcipate in synagogue programming, in conjuncon with synagogue staff and
committees, such as:
o Arranging Yom Hashoah and Yom Haatzmut programs.
o Engaging with Purim, Simchat Torah and Chanukah children's programs.
• Engage, inspire and motivate the congregation through music. Examples of acvies might be:
organizing a children’s choir to perform from me to me, organizing a group of teen/adult
congregants to serve as a harmonizing choir during services, establishing a TBI klezmer or other
type of band, etc.
• Contribute to TBI’s website and monthly newsletter.
• Work to increase membership and help ensure that our current members’ needs are fulfilled.
• Organize community events to reach potential new members, such as an infant music class.
• And and/or participate in established community events and organizations such as: the
Community Thanksgiving Service, the Port Washington Rosh Hodesh Group, and the Port
Washington Interfaith Clergy Council and its iniaves.
Note: This job descripon may be modified from me to me in keeping with the evolving needs of the Synagogue
as directed by its leadership.