The Hebrew Educational Alliance (HEA) in Denver, Colorado is a vibrant Conservative synagogue with 930 families, seeking a full-time Cantor. The Cantor will be part of our clergy team, tending to the spiritual life of the Congregation through music and song. The Cantor will be collaborative, innovative and creative while imbuing a true understanding of and respect for traditional Judaism. The Cantor will report directly to the Senior Rabbi. Candidates with relevant musical experience, including rabbis, will be considered.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Worship and Ritual • Oversee and direct innovative and meaningful worship in partnership with the rabbis • Envision, create and direct musical aspects of services • Collaborate with staff to plan and lead holiday programs • Responsible for coordinating all Torah and Haftarah readings for Shabbat morning (full kriyah) as well Shabbat afternoon, and Monday and Thursday mornings. The cantor will be responsible for recruiting, scheduling and supporting lay Torah readers and will chant the Torah when needed.
• Lead/attend daily morning minyan regularly.
Lifecycles/Pastoral Care • Available for all lifecycle events • Develop innovative life-cycle rituals, customized and personalized for families • Pastoral care including visits to hospitals and nursing homes
B’nai Mitzvah • Direct a comprehensive B’nai Mitzvah Program, including family and student enrichment programs, in coordination with rabbis and educational team • Provide support to B’nai Mitzvah and families, acting as the primary contact for B’nai mitzvah • Oversee B’nai Mitzvah preparation including training and supervising tutors • Manage the scheduling of B’nai mitzvah and coordinate B’nai mitzvah administration with staff
Education • Teach a variety of ages and interest groups including adult education, Torah readers, youth, Tot Shabbat • Participate in and sometimes plan Religious School and youth programs
Leadership and Organizational Management • Attend clergy and staff meetings • Participate in community events
Supervision • The Cantor will report directly to the Senior Rabbi • The Cantor may be assigned supervisory roles
ABOUT HEA AND DENVER: HEA is a Conservative traditional-egalitarian synagogue that provides multiple pathways to meaningful Jewish engagement. Every Shabbat morning we offer two distinct services: a traditional-egalitarian service (repetitions of the Amidah for both Shacharit and Musaf as well as a full Torah reading) and Shir Hadash, an innovative musical service with percussion and participatory singing (triennial reading, no haftarah or musaf).
The HEA’s Religious School has approximately 135 students, the preschool has over 90 students, and about 35-45 youth become bar/bat mitzvah each year. The Denver Jewish community is the 16th largest in the nation with a population over 100,000; there are two kosher restaurants, excellent public schools, and a college preparatory pluralistic K-12 Jewish Day School. It is no secret that Metro Denver attracts talent: more than 43 percent of its residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Employment opportunities are abundant, and the attractive outdoor Colorado lifestyle.
QUALIFICATIONS: • Cantorial or Rabbinic Ordination or equivalent qualifications • Degree or experience in K-12 Jewish education • Knowledgeable and proficient in traditional and modern liturgical music • Ability to chant Torah and Haftarah • Cross-generational teaching • Proficiency in English and Hebrew • Ability to work well with a team • Ability to take direction • Strong social interaction skills • Proficiency with a musical instrument preferred • Strong computer and communication skills.