Overview

Aspen Jewish Congregation, an inclusive and dynamic Reform congregation that serves the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado, seeks a talented and engaging Cantor to serve as co-clergy with our Rabbi for the High Holy Days of 2018/5779.

Responsibilities include:

  • Joining with our rabbi in planning the music for our HHD observances
  • Leading the music (as solo voice and with volunteer choir) for the HHD
  • Supporting congregants in chanting Torah for HHD and chanting all portions not covered by congregants; potentially inclusive of some advance communication with Torah chanters
  • Joining with our HHD music director (a skilled musician but not Jewish/Jewishly knowledgeable) in leading choir rehearsals that occur once cantor is on the ground here with us, including advance communication with music director as well as potential congregant soloists for certain songs
  •   Leading the music of:
    • Selichot (negotiable; depending on time/availability)
    • Shabbat preceding Rosh Hashanah
    • Erev Rosh Hashanah
    • Rosh Hashanah
    • Day 2 of Rosh Hashanah (weather permitting, outdoors in a beautiful mountain setting!)
    • Shabbat Shuva (negotiable, depending on presence between holidays)
    • Erev Yom Kippur
    • Yom Kippur

Things you may want to know:

  • We are the only true progressive Jewish community in town (in the whole valley of mountain towns actually) so our folks come from a wide variety of backgrounds (interfaith, Reform, “Traditional”/day school educated) and varying knowledge levels
  • Music is very important to the community in Aspen; many of our members are deeply connected to the music festival and Aspen, and particularly over the summer, is an incredible place, musically.  High-quality musicality and presence will help a HHD cantor be successful in our community.
  • Until the summer of 2017 we had a talented cantor as part of the congregation who was very successful in our community and currently we are served by Rabbi Segal as our solo clergy.  Rabbi Segal enjoys songleading but emphasizes that she is by no means a cantor!
  • While “Aspen” sounds ritzy, we are a friendly, down-to-earth, casual, outdoorsy community made up of people from throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, who connect over our shared Judaism and shared love for our beautiful setting.
  • This will be Rabbi Segal’s second HHD with us as our rabbi.  She is looking for a clergy partner for the HHD who will join with her in crafting a meaningful and elevating HHD experience for our community while continuing to honor the cherished settings and traditions of the community remembered from years prior.
  • A Cantor will need to plan to arrive in Aspen early enough to prepare with our music director and choir, have time with our Rabbi, and allow his/her voice and breath to become accustomed to the high altitude.

Some details:

  •  We have about 250 member units (singles, couples, families), which represents a healthy mix of those who are here seasonally and those who are year-round residents.
  •   On the High Holy Days, we pray from Mishkan HaNefesh
  •  We use piano and guitar on the HHD
  • We have a volunteer choir and children’s choir for the HHD
  • We have a professional string quintet for our Kol Nidre service
  • Second-day Rosh Hashanah we do outdoors, weather permitting, in the beautiful changing leaves of the fall here in the Aspen area.  It is informal, typically including secular folksy music (such as Bob Dylan or Cat Stevens).
  • The rest of our HHD services take place at Harris Hall, a wonderful venue on the Music Festival Campus.
Work Remotely: no
Qualifications:

We are looking for someone who has:

  • A prayerful and inviting presence
  • A strong and beautiful (but sing-along-able) voice
  • Excellent skills in chanting and aiding congregants in chanting of Torah (in HHD trope) and Haftara
  • Excellent organization and communication skills to aid in the smooth planning of the HHD
  • Skillful guitar playing (strongly desired but not absolutely required)
  • Cantorial Ordination or Investiture from an accredited cantorial school/institution
  • The desire to spend the High Holy Days in this beautiful setting with our wonderful, friendly, outdoorsy community!
Position Start Date: September 1, 2018
Salary Range: $8000-9500, commensurate with experience and time on the ground with us
Benefits:

Travel and Lodging for Cantor (and spouse, if applicable)

Rabbi Qualifications: Cantorial investiture or ordination from an accredited institution
Send resumes and cover letter to:

Rabbi Emily Segal
rabbisegal@aspenjewish.org

About Aspen jewish Congregation

Aspen Jewish Congregation is a dynamic and inclusive Reform Jewish community that serves the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado.