CANTORIAL POSITION: The Santa Monica Synagogue
The Santa Monica Synagogue is an intimate Reform congregation of approximately 180 families. Founded in 1981, we are a diverse, multi-generational congregation that comes together to worship, study, celebrate joyous occasions, and support one another. Through religious observances, educational programs, our Religious School, and social gatherings, the Santa Monica Synagogue offers opportunities for individuals and families to enrich their lives, connect with others, and to discover their own relationship to Judaism.
We are currently seeking a Cantor or Cantorial Soloist to be our Synagogue’s musical leader and an integral part of our community. This is a part-time position that includes the following duties.
Ongoing Cantorial Duties:
50 Friday night services per year, including accompaniment on guitar or other instrument
Monthly preschool/K-2 kids service
5-6 Saturday morning B’nai Mitzvah services during the year
2-3 special services per year
3-4 Sunday morning adult classes per year on Jewish music topics
1-2 services on the beach per summer
2-3 Shiva services per year
High Holy Days Duties:
Tashlich service at the beach
Rosh Hashanah evening and morning services
Yom Kippur evening (Kol Nidre), morning, Yizkor, Neilah and Concluding services
Schedule and coordinate choir rehearsals with choir director and choir; attend all rehearsals
Meet and rehearse with musical accompanist
As necessary, in conjunction with the Rabbi and Ritual Committee, hire outside professional singers for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services
B’nai Mitzvah Tutor:
Meet with each student for 16-18 half-hour sessions, 4 one-hour sessions, beginning six months before their ceremony to work on prayer reinforcement, Torah and Haftarah readings.
Serve as gabbai during their Torah and Haftarah readings during the ceremony.
Religious School Song Leader:
Lead religious school students and teachers in singing each Sunday during the school year (September – May)
Help religious school classes lead a Friday night service 3-4 times per year