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Job Description

Job Title: Part Time Rabbi 
Reports To: Board of Directors

Job Summary: The rabbi will perform all the commonly agreed duties of a rabbi in a manner consistent with Reform Judaism, providing our congregation with visible leadership at congregation functions, religious education and the Jewish community.

  • Ordained by a recognized Jewish seminary or part of an appropriate rabbinic training program. 
  • Excellent communication, leadership, interpersonal and presentation skills. 
  • Experience and knowledge of social media. 
  • Must be honest, approachable, compassionate, genuine and scholarly.
  • Be non-judgmental and accepting, demonstrating a deep commitment to providing a welcoming, spiritual environment for our Jewish community.
  • Be learned in areas of Jewish religion, Torah, history, literature, culture, and spirituality, including reading, writing, and speaking Hebrew, and able to transmit significant knowledge of Torah to adults and children of all ages and levels of knowledge.
  • Be an outstanding communicator, able to create and deliver sermons and teachings in a concise, passionate, meaningful, and relevant way.
  • Have an engaging and dynamic personality.
  • Exhibit leadership skills.
  • Be friendly, personable, approachable, and able to relate well to others.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to the state of Israel.
Areas of Responsibility 
  • Act as the philosophical, religious and educational leader of the congregation. 
  • Guide our members on their personal journeys of integrating Judaism into their lives. 
  • Encourage wide participation by members in congregation activities and events. 
  • Identify and cultivate leaders within the congregation. 
  • Participate in recruitment of new members.
  • Actively welcome and engage interfaith families. Develop programs and methods to include the non-Jewish family members in the life of the congregation.
Ritual Practices
  • Perform all rabbinic religious duties relating to the congregation’s High Holiday services, including: 
  • Prepare and present the liturgy and sermons for Shabbat and other holidays. 
  • Include music as an integral part of all congregation services. Coordinate with Hazzan and community volunteers. 
  • Officiate as needed at life cycle events.
  • Religious School / Torah Study
  • Work closely with education committee and Hebrew instructors to coordinate the Bar/Bat Mitzvah/Confirmation training process for every student; rehearse with Bar/Bat Mitzvah/Confirmation students as needed; officiate all Bar/Bat Mitzvah/Confirmation ceremonies. 
  • Act as a resource to Religious School teachers in development of curricula and be present to interact with students as needed. Supports and works with the Education Committee.
  • Initiate and lead periodic adult education programs.
  • Integrate interfaith families into the Ritual Practices of the congregation. Consult with the religious life committee to define appropriate roles for the non-Jewish family members.
  • Available for counseling of congregants on personal issues, within the role of a rabbi. 
  • Provide pastoral services to congregants, including offering comfort to the bereaved and ill.
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
  • Able to use computer, especially proficiency with word processing, internet, and email applications
  • Speak publicly for services, sermons, community outreach events, often in outdoor settings
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Function effectively in large groups/crowd situations
  • Able to lift and carry Torah (20-30 lbs)
  • Manage stress effectively that may arise from balancing the needs of the congregation with administrative duties, financial limitations, and personal obligations, combined with managing the diverse and often demanding population that typically defines a congregation
  • The ability to travel to various medical facilities or other religious facilities or congregant homes to handle needs that arise often in traumatic or difficult circumstances.