A service leader for the Yamim Noraim is needed at Lehigh University Hillel in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, approximately a one hour drive from the Philadelphia area and approximately 2 hrs from NYC area. Duties include leading Services: Erev Rosh Hashanah, 1st day of Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur morning and Neilah.
We use the Hillel mahzor On Wings of Awe. Duties will include leading tefillot, sounding the shofar, and a brief discussion or sermon for the morning services and Kol Nidre.
There are some students who can help with some of the prayer leading and/or Torah reading as well. Rabbi Steven Nathan, a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, is serving as the interim director, but has prior commitments for the holidays. However, he will work with you in the planning of the service and serve as liaison with the students.
Please send cv and an audio file of you chanting/ singing something from the Yamim Noraim liturgy 2-3 minutes in length
You must have experience leading services (preferably on Yamim Noraim) and have knowledge of basic prayers, as well as Torah and Haftarah chanting skills (though a full Torah reading and Haftarah are not expected). You must be comfortable with fully egalitarian services in an informal college atmosphere. Rabbi/cantor or rabbinical/cantorial student preferred, but not required, as long as you have the ability to lead services.
Lehigh is a diverse Jewish community, though the majority of the students are more on the "non-traditional" end of the spectrum in terms of religious practice.
Most services will be held in the larger space at the University Center on campus, as will meals for the first night of Rosh Hashanah. Break-the-fast and Neilah will be held in the smaller Jewish Student Life Center where Hillel is housed.
There will be kosher meals (with vegetarian options) for the community. However, if you do not travel on yom tov, the closest synagogue is more than 5 miles away. If you have other questions about the community please contact Rabbi Steven Nathan at the address listed.
Rabbi Steven Nathan