About Us and Our Vision:
Temple Har Shalom is at an exciting crossroads and we want you to join our congregational family in helping us to both build upon our 50-year legacy as a dynamic Reform synagogue to 300+ families, and to assist us in shaping, visioning and innovating into the future. Drawing from 14 towns in the greater Somerset County, we educate 100+ students, grades pre-K through 12th in our revitalized religious school. In addition, we are home to a thriving and expanded day care and pre-school of 100+ representing a wide diversity of young and eager families ready to strengthen our Jewish community.
As our long-tenured Cantor plans for retirement, we have the good fortune to revision our future as we know that replacing our beloved Cantor is not realistic. Rather, we are looking for dynamic full-time and/or limited-service professionals who aspire to build Jewish life and education infused with experimentation and flexibility in our post-COVID world.
Should you possess and seek to use your multiple talents, we offer unique opportunities to work with our team of professionals in fostering a creative, engaging and pro-active Jewish center for learning and praying.
• A professional educator to direct our congregation’s formal and informal Jewish learning programs; have experience in a religious school or other educational setting; have excellent verbal and written communication skills and a knowledge of and experience with social media Have requisite Judaic and Hebrew knowledge, computer literacy and experience using social media for engagement.
• Someone whose leadership skills, values and disposition will serve to engage our students and families with warmth and creativity.
• Someone who is a self-starter and is willing to experiment/take chances and be comfortable with implementing change(s).
• A community builder and team player.
• Excellent leadership, interpersonal and communication skills.
• The ideal candidate is a creative and effective administrator, organizer, planner, thinker, educator, communicator, and community-building leader.
• The candidate needs to have a solid Jewish background with literacy in Hebrew language and decoding together with an understanding of Reform Judaism; and can bring their depth of Jewish knowledge to everyone within our congregation and integrate personally into the life of our synagogue community.
• The candidate should have a track record of innovation and positive change in the education environment.
• Experience with virtual and/or hybrid learning required together with the capacity to facilitate home and internet-based learning initiatives.
• Serve as head of religious education programs (including religious school, Hebrew education, and high school programs) including curriculum research, development, and implementation, teacher hiring, management, and training, and parent communication.
• In conjunction with the Rabbi, participate at and/or oversee our Shabbat and Family Holiday Services and Children’s Programs (experience with song leading and tefillah a bonus); provide support for the B’nai Mitzvah program and develop and implement experiential family services, programs, and education opportunities.
• Provide strategic vision and strategies for current and future growth by suggesting changes or improvements to current plans, policies, and procedures.
• Create a warm, positive culture and learning environment, emphasizing Jewish values and community.
• Serve in a planning and supervising capacity and be willing to take a “hands on” approach to promote events and programs and ensure they are successful, both within the synagogue and with the community at large.
• Additional educational and synagogue program duties as assigned.
• Appropriate educational experience, focus on Jewish education a plus.
• At least 3 years of administrative experience.
• Strong working knowledge of Jewish education, Reform Judaism, and religious holidays, customs and rituals.
• Demonstrate success in leading a team approach.
• Effective and strong communication skills (orally and written).
• Strong understanding of and comfortability with technology including Microsoft 365 suite, Google products, ability to learn industry-specific SaaS platform (prior knowledge of ShulCloud a plus), etc.
• Ability to successfully pass a criminal background check in accordance with state and federal regulations.
Please note that Temple Har Shalom is also looking for a dynamic music professional with traditional cantorial training and/or experience leading worship services and related activities through Jewish song leading. Should you seek to use your multiple talents and interests in Jewish education, Jewish music, ritual, lifecycle and/or pastoral care, we offer a unique opportunity to combine your multi-faceted interests into one full-time position. Please see our corresponding job posting for more specific information and be sure to note your interest in both positions in your initial communication.