This rabbinical position includes the possibility of expansion to a full-time position, assuming
congregation growth. The ideal candidate will serve the spiritual, educational, cultural, and social needs
of the community.
The position calls for support in the following areas:
• Leading services, including some Torah/Haftarah reading and giving Divrei Torah on selected Fridays
nights/Saturday mornings, as well as High Holidays and other holidays
• Have an outward vision for growth and assisting with outreach to help engage new attendees and
attract new members – while also attending to the current membership
• Helping to initiate, plan and run innovative cultural, education, and other programming and/or interact
with existing programming
• Supporting with lifecycle events (Additional separate compensation provided for select services by
• Working with lay leadership on strategic planning for the shul
The Boston Synagogue is the only synagogue in Downtown with 52-week Shabbat and Holiday services and
its own building and sheltered outdoor patio. We are unaffiliated/post-denominational egalitarian, pluralistic,
and are very informal and unpretentious. The shul is welcoming and the sort of place where people linger over
Saturday morning Kiddush to talk – or people would enjoy getting together for monthly Friday night dinners
(which we recently resumed). We run services as a hybrid: in-person and Zoom.
The synagogue is small, with around 70-75 member units. However, given a rapidly increasing share of Jews
choosing to live in downtown versus the suburbs (per the 2015 CJP demographic study), we see an opportunity
with the right rabbinic leadership to grow our numbers substantially. The right candidate can make a real impact!
Congregants are an eclectic multi-generational mix ranging from singles, young professionals to boomers,
families with children and empty nesters. They come from a variety of Jewish traditions as well as interfaith
backgrounds. Our mission is to serve the needs of the diverse group of Jews living in downtown Boston, and
try to find ways to make engagement, interactivity and connections happen.
The shul is conveniently located Garden at 55 Martha Road, down the street from Boston Garden/North Station
and near Mass General Hospital. It’s near the Science Park Green Line T, North Station and the Garden – as
well as the Charles Street Red Line T/Mass General. Parking is available.
We have an onsite two-room suite with bathroom for overnight stays by the rabbi (and friends) on Shabbat (if
We are looking for a pro-active, creative, knowledgeable and spiritual partner to help lay leadership
make ‘Jewish’ and the Judaic experiences come alive and be relevant in changing times for our
downtown community. This person will continue to create and maintain an atmosphere that is
welcoming, inclusive, and attractive to our members and others with a range of backgrounds and beliefs.
Our ideal candidate is traditional, yet open-minded.
We are looking for a rabbi with a strong set of skills that can help us further engage and grow the size
of our congregation, across a diverse range of shifting urban demographics. This includes having:
• A charismatic, outgoing and empathetic personality that is accepting of diversity and able to think
‘outside the box’ and entrepreneurial
• Ability to (a) interface effectively and develop warm relationships with multi-generations and with
people of various levels of Jewish experience/beliefs -- secular and cultural, religion, inter-faith (b)
engage new people, and (c) attract new members to our community
• Strong prayer leadership and spiritual skills, including the ability to chant Torah/Haftarah (at least 3-
aliyot), good singing voice, and strong dvar torah skills – to interactively engage with and not lecture
• Strong pastoral care skills for life-cycle activities
• Experience supervising, creating and leading educational and cultural programs for various segments
of the community, including kids and families, young professionals, empty nesters, etc. and seniors –
in partnership with lay leaders
• Ability to create a sense of community within the congregation and in the broader community. This
might include participating in meetings and events of various community and Jewish organizations
• Experience with marketing and presence with social media and digital platforms preferred
• Familiarity and comfort with Zoom, since our services are hybrid
About Boston Synagogue
Welcome wherever you may be on your Jewish spiritual journey.
A wonderful spirit is alive at The Boston Synagogue. We are a warm, small, neighborhood shul, and the only synagogue located in the heart of downtown with Shabbat and Holiday Services 52 weeks per year.
Our Mission is to serve the needs of the diverse community of Jews in downtown Boston, whether through joyful participatory worship, Friday Night Dinners, Saturday morning Kiddush, or Holiday celebrations, as well as with a slew of Cultural Events and other fun and engaging opportunities to connect with our open, vibrant community. The Shul also offers dynamic learning experiences for everyone, from our growing Hebrew School to Adult Education programs.
We are unaffiliated — and the synagogue is post-denominational egalitarian, where both women and men actively participate in services. The Boston Synagogue is a place where people across Jewish denominations can make their own spiritual connections.