Congregation Or Atid
Rabbi Job Description
Congregation Or Atid (“Light of the Future”) is a dynamic and committed congregation of more than 150 households that is part of the vibrant MetroWest and Greater Boston Jewish Community. We are a progressive, egalitarian Conservative congregation that openly embraces individuals and families of different backgrounds.
Our Ideal Candidate
We are looking for a rabbi to shape our community’s next chapter, to teach us and inspire us, to comfort us, to help us grow spiritually, and to share life with us. Our next rabbi will embrace the opportunity to serve in diverse roles, and accept a broad range of responsibilities, that impact our synagogue and the greater community. The congregation welcomes candidates ordained by all seminaries.
· Religious Life: Lead all facets of religious life at Or Atid, including weekly services. Engage people spiritually. Work with the ritual committee and other volunteers to plan and execute holiday celebrations. Help lead adult education activities.
· Pastoral Services: Provide pastoral services including spiritual counseling, visiting the sick, and comforting those in mourning. Perform all pastoral responsibilities with warmth and compassion.
· Lifecycle Events: Officiate at all lifecycle events including baby namings, B’nai Mitzvah, weddings, funerals, and shivas.
· Religious School: Lead, improve, and help us reimagine our religious school, The Jewish Learning Lab (JLL). Serve as the director of JLL for grades K-8: Work with our education committee on curriculum, goals, and plans; hire and manage teachers and staff; and work with partners, such as Hebrew College.
· Congregation Growth: Engage members of the congregation on a day-to-day basis, and engage the greater community, to grow the congregation.
· Judaism Accessibility: Bring energy and creativity that helps reengage long-standing members, and attracts new members, by making Judaism accessible, relevant, and meaningful.
We are looking for a rabbi with the following qualities, which our congregants have indicated are most important:
· A rabbi who wishes to lead a compassionate, inclusive, egalitarian, and progressive Conservative congregation.
· A rabbi with exceptional interpersonal and pastoral skills, who is warm, accessible, and able to develop supportive personal relationships with congregants of all ages, life stages, and degrees of religious observance. Our congregants consider pastoral care to be the most important attribute of our next rabbi.
· A rabbi who is passionate about, and excels at, all aspects of the lifecycle.
· A rabbi who inspires individuals religiously and intellectually, deepening our understanding of and engagement with Jewish teachings and heritage, informing our lives and our relationship to community.
· A rabbi who is an energetic and passionate leader, able to make Judaism relevant and meaningful in a way that is attractive to new families. An innovator who is eager to share our tradition using creative modalities to bring meaning to the lives of individuals and different reference groups.
· A rabbi who is an effective educator and facilitative leader, working collaboratively with teachers and volunteers at Or Atid as well as with partners in the Wayland and greater Boston communities. An experienced educator, knowledgeable about contemporary educational techniques and ideas including experiential learning.
· A rabbi who loves engaging and interacting with children to make learning fun, and forms personal connections with all of our students.
· A rabbi who is comfortable, and finds it fulfilling, to be a Jack/Jill-of-all-trades, serving in many impactful roles.
About Or Atid
Our congregation shares a deep love of Judaism and its traditions, and a commitment to Jewish learning that is accessible for all. We share a vision of spiritual, social, and intellectual growth and embrace the imperative of Tikkun Olam. In addition, we encourage a strong commitment to Israel and foster a connection to world Jewry.
Or Atid is committed to inclusiveness. Families and individuals from different backgrounds come together to connect with each other and with our Jewish traditions.
Or Atid values education for all ages and at all levels. Or Atid was founded to create an engaging religious school for our children. This priority has endured and extends to our adult members. Our goal is to make Judaism relevant in today’s world.
Or Atid offers a wide range of activities and programming. We offer events and programs that create opportunities for religious, educational, cultural, and social action engagement.
Congregation Or Atid was founded in 1991. For ten years we gathered in space at the First Parish Church in Wayland, and then moved to our newly constructed home in 2002. At just 26 years old, we are young in comparison to all other area congregations. Most of our founding families are still active and everyone feels strong ownership in our congregation.
Since our founding, we have relied on volunteers to create and maintain our community. We employ one full-time professional (our rabbi), several part-time teachers and two part-time employees (an office manager and a maintenance person). Volunteers are integral to making Or Atid an engaged and engaging community.
We have an active Board of Directors, supplemented by committees of the Board, a Sisterhood, and a Brotherhood, all of which provide opportunities for activism and leadership. Our members work side by side with our rabbi to support, strengthen, and enrich our community.
What makes us unique is the intimacy of our Jewish community. We place great value on the joyful connections among our members, on caring for each other, and on bettering the world around us. We value our rabbi knowing each of us and working with us to build our community.
Rabbi Sally Finestone, our rabbi for almost 20 years, has been our only full-time rabbi. She has chosen to retire to spend more time with her family and on other pursuits. Given Rabbi Finestone’s service to our congregation, we have honored her as Rabbi Emerita. Rabbi Finestone is committed to a smooth transition of leadership to our next rabbi.
Or Atid is located in Wayland, Massachusetts, approximately 15 miles west of Boston in the vibrant area of MetroWest. Wayland is a residential community that prides itself on its excellent school system and semi-rural character. There are two synagogues in Wayland as well as two synagogues and a Chabad center in the neighboring town of Sudbury.
The congregation welcomes candidates ordained by all seminaries.
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