Job Posting: Assistant Rabbi
B’nai Shalom is a contemporary Conservative synagogue that offers a profound spiritual experience and a warm, family-like community. Members share a commitment to being caring and inclusive and connecting to Jewish values, education, and traditions in personally meaningful and diverse ways. There are egalitarian Shabbat (with Kiddush lunch) and holiday services, as well as daily morning and evening minyanim. Programs include a dynamic Religious School and educator-led Junior Congregation, children’s activities (toddlers through high school) and adult learning on multiple levels. B’nai Shalom is dedicated to volunteerism, social action, philanthropy, and Israel. It welcomes with open arms new members of all backgrounds and family structures. B’nai Shalom supports full inclusion and participation of individuals having all abilities in both religious and communal life.
We are a caring, comforting and inclusive shul that embraces our members' distinct needs and serves as our inspirational Jewish home. We are an egalitarian "House of Worship", providing a connection to God through spiritual and ritual services and prayer, consistent with the values and beliefs of Torah and Halacha based Judaism. We are a "House of Study", with multi-faceted programs dedicated to educating our children and to the continuous learning of our community We are a "House of Gathering" that encourages each member to develop a sense of belonging, thus connecting us through common interests and needs We provide opportunities for "Tikun Olam", repairing the world. We offer our support to the local community, the world Jewish community, and we have a long history of commitment to the support of Israel and its people. Our Shul is a more traditional congregation than most of the neighboring Conservative congregations. We are also known as a "haimish" community.
B’nai Shalom is a close-knit and welcoming community socially while maintaining traditional values liturgically. Since we don’t have a cantor in the budget, our volunteers invest a great deal of energy in leading all aspects of the services. We are proud to have a daily morning and evening minyan, a full torah reading read by volunteers, repetitions of the amidot when time permits and a religious school that is focused on joyful synagogue skills. Our strong Sisterhood and the Culture and Learning Center provide broad opportunities for social engagement and learning. And we are particularly close at life cycles and in times of loss.
Our new Assistant Rabbi will work closely with Rabbi Tobin and under his supervision as a full colleague, learning all aspects of congregational work, even while being focused on new family recruitment, engagement and retention. The Assistant Rabbi will have occasional opportunities to lead congregational services, deliver sermons, officiate at life cycle events, teach and be involved in our larger community as time permits. It is anticipated that approximately 10-20% of the Assistant Rabbi’s work will be in these more general pulpit areas, with pastoral and rabbinic leadership focusing on - but not being limited to – the new family population.
Some key aspects of the position
• Being active in the community at large, planning and/or attending programs that attract young families.
• Making effective use of social media to identify and connect with Jewish families
• Establishing meaningful relationships with current and prospective families, leading to improving membership acquisition and retention.
• Creating and leading activities at B’nai Shalom for young families, such as:
o Pre-School holiday workshops
o Family Shabbat services and dinners
o “Shabbat Fun” early childhood Shabbat Morning programs
• Serving as the advisor for B’nai Shalom’s Kadima and USY chapters.
• Base Salary (not including benefits): $75,000-$90,000
Applicants should please submit a cover l************************