With the retirement of our long-tenured cantor, we are seeking a salaried, part-time cantor/shaliach tsibur to join our Oseh Shalom community. In collaboration with our Rabbis, lay leaders, and other professional staff, you will be co-creating prayer, musical, and davening experiences that encourage congregational participation and will be offering different and creative musical experiences that enrich and enhance Oseh Shalom's Shabbat, High Holy Days, Festival, and lifecycle services.
Why Oseh Shalom?
Oseh Shalom is a vibrant, multi-generational, inclusive 200-plus household Reconstructionist congregation located halfway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.
We are a diverse congregation of families with children, seniors, singles, empty nesters, interfaith, racially diverse and LGBTQ households. Our Rabbis are a married team that shares the rabbinical role for our congregation.
Congregational singing and active participation during services are some of Oseh Shalom's hallmarks.
Specific Position Responsibilities:
As our part-time Cantor/musical shaliach tsibur, your responsibilities will
-Leading or co-leading an average of two Erev Shabbat and one Shabbat morning services per month
-Leading or co-leading all major High Holy Day and Festival services
-Officiating or co-officiating at life cycle events held at Oseh Shalom
-Actively engaging with our Religious School students and their families and serving as a resource to the Religious School Director and staff
-Providing direction to B’nei Mitzvah students and their families to coordinate and determine service leadership assignments in collaboration with our Rabbis
-Encouraging and fostering congregational participation in services and supporting congregants in developing their singing and davening abilities
-Pursuing ongoing professional development with congregational support.
-The successful candidate for this position will be musically knowledgeable, and the preferred candidate will have a background in Jewish music whether it is contemporary, traditional or folk-style.
-Demonstrated competency on the guitar or other accompanying musical instrument is an important plus, as is the ability to lead services on on-line platforms (Zoom, etc.).
-The successful candidate must demonstrate competency with davening, the presentation of liturgy, and the Judaic and Jewish musical knowledge necessary to cultivate Jewish spiritual life through music and song with a Reconstructionist congregation.
-The candidate must have good Hebrew reading skills and knowledge of nusach.
-Candidates must be comfortable using and teaching Reconstructionist liturgy with its liturgical traditions (e.g. Kiddush, Aleynu, Torah Blessings, Amidah, etc.).
-The ability to read or chant Torah and Haftarah, though desirable, is
not a requirement.
This is a part-time, salaried position. Salary in the low $30K range commensurate with experience and agreed-upon specifics of responsibilities.