Congregation Ahavas Achim has been serving Western Massachusetts and the surrounding communities for more than 100 years. Services are held at the Ferst Interfaith Center on the campus of Westfield State University and also virtually via Zoom. Congregation Ahavas Achim is currently unaffiliated with any denomination or movement. The congregation seeks a spiritual leader to guide our very small and diverse congregation (15 -20 members and/or families) located in scenic Western Massachusetts. The ideal candidate will be comfortable conducting both remote (Zoom or Google Meets) and in-person services and gatherings.
Services are held from September through June over ten months per year. THIS POSITION REQUIRES A COMMITMENT OF A MAXIMUM OF 60 HOURS OVER 10 MONTHS. Opportunities occasionally occur to assist with life-cycle events, with compensation arranged on a private basis, with the individual member.
In conjunction with this position, the Westfield State Foundation at Westfield State University is looking for a Jewish Chaplain. The Foundation supports religious and spiritual life at Westfield State University and promotes respect and understanding of diverse religious traditions in an interfaith setting. A stipend is provided by the Westfield State Foundation for this position.
All events have been held virtually since the onset of the pandemic. We hope to offer in-person services at some point in the future, once it is safe to do so.
- Ordained as a Rabbi or Cantor or in the process of attaining that credential
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Musical abilities preferred
- Knowledge in maintaining a social media presence is preferred, but not required
- Rabbi or Cantor with previous experience leading a congregation is preferred but will consider recent graduates with relevant experience.
- Successful appointment of the candidate that is awarded this position is also contingent upon a background check.
Most of the compensation is tax-free due to Parsonage Housing Allowance.
About Congregation Ahavas Achim, Westfield, MA
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