The Greenpoint Shul has experienced extraordinary change and growth over the past decade and seeks a charismatic and energetic Rabbi to continue to expand our community in a sustainable way, drawing in the new families and individuals moving to this ever-changing neighborhood. Currently, the Shul holds services on Friday nights, Shabbat mornings, and all holidays; hosts monthly communal Shabbat dinners, periodic Shabbatons, and vibrant holiday meals and celebrations. We also offer an array of classes. As we enter our next phase of growth, we are particularly focused on creating meaningful youth programming during services, and an early-childhood Jewish education facility affiliated with our Shul.
We are seeking a part-time Rabbi with Orthodox smicha, ability to leyn, excellent interpersonal and pastoral skills, organized and entrepreneurial and a mensch.
The Rabbi should:
- Serve as spiritual leader and halachic authority of the congregation, ministering to the religious, educational and pastoral needs of a community of approximately 75 members.
- Conduct Shabbat and holiday services together with congregants
- Infuse positive Jewish content and practice throughout our community to increase community belonging and Jewish engagement;
- Take a lead role in developing programs designed to appeal to current and prospective members and the larger community, including outreach to local individuals and young families; and
- Coordinate with board, executive director and programing committees to ensure organized and productive events and shul functioning.
Congregation Ahavas Israel (The Greenpoint Shul) is a warm, welcoming and inclusive Orthodox synagogue located in the northernmost part of Brooklyn, New York. We are haimish and dynamic, despite our modest size, and we provide a space for traditional worship and study with creativity, openness, and a strong sense of community. Situated in a historic neighborhood between chasidic and hipster Williamsburg to the south, and Long Island City to the north, we are fortunate to bring together and engage congregants from diverse backgrounds. We deeply value this pluralism and strive to include all who are interested in engaging on their Jewish journey regardless of background or level of education. We strive to find a meaningful space for everyone to grow and learn, lead and share, within halacha. Our building itself is a hidden gem, constructed in 1903, making it one of the oldest active synagogues in New York City. It has just undergone a multi-year restoration.
The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:
Orthodox Smicha and a college degree;
A depth of learning to provide Psak Halacha on communal and personal issues;
A sensitive and approachable provider of pastoral care and counseling;
Ability/willingness to leyn the full parsha for most Shabbat and Holiday services.
An inspiring teacher and role model of religious practice, who can reach individuals of different ages and with different educational and religious backgrounds, and who can relate his teachings to the challenges of modern life; and
An entrepreneurial leader who wishes to be active in synagogue growth, outreach and programming.
About Congregation Ahavas Israel-Hebrew Educational Alliance of Greenpoint (The Greenpoint Shul)
Our community is extremely diverse and it is important that the Rabbi honor this pluralism. We embrace individuals, wherever they are on their Jewish journey, but also ensure that our Orthodox members are comfortable davening in our Shul.