Temple Shalom is a 600-family inclusive Reform synagogue in Newton, Massachusetts. We are seeking an experienced and passionate Cantorial Soloist with a love of Reform Jewish music and worship to join our creative, collaborative team and congregation beginning June, 2021. This position will report to one of our co-senior rabbis. Part-time hours will vary (see below for more information).
We ask all candidates to submit a cover letter, resume and musical portfolio upon application. Portfolio must include at least one piece of music intended for communal singing with applicant playing guitar; one piece of music from the more classical tradition sung a cappella or with piano.
• Under the supervision and guidance of our co-senior rabbis, work collaboratively to create and develop a worship plan that includes accessible, rich and musical Friday evening Shabbat services, Shabbat morning B’nai Mitzvah worship, holiday celebrations, and High Holiday prayer (services currently take place on Zoom/live stream with some limited in-person time - all subject to change as circumstances allow). There are approximately 30 B’nai Mitzvah/year.
• Work with the clergy and meet regularly beginning if possible in the spring of 2021 to develop a vision and plan for High Holiday and other holiday worship. Please note - the High Holidays especially during this moment of pandemic will involve more hours of advance preparation than other times of the year.
• During the pandemic meet regularly with our volunteer choir on Zoom (once every other month) to keep members connected. Post-pandemic coordinate with our pianist/music director, review and rehearse the choir’s current repertoire, add new music and convene the group for rehearsals a minimum of once/month.
• To be negotiated subject to your personal availability: Bring your knowledge of Jewish music as you teach in our pre-school and grades K-5 programs (may change depending on pandemic parameters).
• On a per diem basis support clergy at additional life cycle moments (funerals for example) (if this would be new to you, we would be thrilled to support you to grow this skill)
• Meet weekly with our clergy team to plan worship services and prepare for B’nai Mitzvah
• Following vaccination, join the clergy co-leading services with small groups in person in the sanctuary or outside in our garden. These gatherings will follow strict state guidelines for numbers, social distancing and masks.
• Passion for Jewish music and worship, with demonstrable experience leading and developing prayer services (preferably based on Reform practice)
• A love of people - the ability to build quality relationships with members of all ages. An appreciation of diversity and knowledge and care for inclusive practices
• Demonstrated experience communicating and collaborating with professional and lay partners
• Ability to comfortably and fluently play guitar is a must.
• A trained singing voice with the ability to lead communal singing and introduce new music to the congregation
• Knowledge of music from both the Reform tradition and the overall current Jewish music repertoire (composers might be Elana Arian, Noah Aronson, Joey Weisenberg), some comfort and knowledge of the classic Reform musical tradition (for example an ability to sing the traditional Kol Nidre, and some Sulzer/Lewandowski repertoire for High Holidays, Jewish art songs), interest in learning new music as needed. Candidates with knowledge of Reform rep preferred but others will also be considered.
• Experience leading a choir and ability to work collaboratively and comfortably with instrumentalists especially our music director
• Comfort with basic technology and able to utilize and navigate the many facets of Google suite, especially Google classroom, Microsoft suite and Zoom. Experience using ShulCloud a huge plus. The ability to learn how to utilize additional programs (recording software for example) as needed. The ability to work with our production/technology consultant to ensure all sound systems work as best they can both at home and in our sanctuary.
Temple Shalom is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace and welcoming community. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and beyond. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race or ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, living with disabilities, generation, socioeconomic class or veteran status. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.