Congregation Or VeShalom seeks a full time Senior Rabbi.

Congregation Or VeShalom (OVS), with its rich and diverse 100+ year history, is located in the rapidly growing and expanding in-town Atlanta neighborhood of Brookhaven, and currently serves over 350 member households.

Demographically, our congregation is aging. We need to reengage the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of our founding members as well as attract new young families.

Through the work completed in strategic planning, we know that our members are seeking more ways to connect with OVS through different religious offerings, programming, and social service. The rabbi will help us navigate the changing religious landscape, creating more meaningful experiences for our members with varied religious observances while honoring our traditions. We seek a spiritual leader who will help us preserve our traditional Sephardic service as well as meet the needs of members who desire a parallel service that provides for equal participation of men and women, along with experiential learning opportunities. It is important that the rabbi be comfortable participating in both services.

This is an opportunity for the rabbi to have a meaningful impact on a well-established congregation ready to enhance its vibrancy, relevancy in the wider Jewish community, and ensure its continuity. We want an environment that is attractive to multiple generations and creates a community center type of atmosphere.

Responsibilities of the Rabbi:

  • Serve as spiritual leader and halachic authority of the congregation and minister to the religious, educational, and pastoral needs of its members.
  • Work in conjunction with the congregation and its Board of Directors to attain the goals set forth in the Strategic Plan (December 2018).
  • Lead spiritually uplifting and participatory Friday night and Saturday morning Shabbat services; include meaningful sermons and teachings throughout all religious services and reinvigorate a Weekday Morning Minyan.
  • Contribute to and engage with the preschool and Sunday school housed at OVS in order to create relationships and connections with those young families.
  • Support all synagogue and Sisterhood sponsored events.
  • Oversee the preparations of B’nai Mitzvah students.
  • Officiate at life cycle events.
  • Provide pastoral services and support to congregation members and their families through life cycle events.
  • Engage in outreach within the larger Jewish community, serving as the OVS ambassador at events throughout the Jewish community.

**2018/5779 Strategic Plan to be provided to qualified applicants after initial interview **

How do you do Jewish : As a traditional Sephardic congregation, we are looking for a male rabbi who would be comfortable in both a traditional service as well as one that provides for men and women participating equally.
Rabbi Qualifications: Degree Required - Ordination from recognized Rabbinical School or Seminary
Community Description:

OVS is centrally located in a geographically convenient community filled with young Jewish families and single professionals, many of whom are not yet affiliated per the 2016 local Federation study. The greater Atlanta area, with a Jewish population of over 120,000, offers a variety of Jewish day schools, kosher restaurants and a thriving and expanding Jewish community. The success and growth of our Jewish community is in large part due to the collaborative working relationships of area synagogues, day schools, the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, the Atlanta JCC, and a multitude of other Jewish organizations around the city. Atlanta is a cosmopolitan city, with a myriad of cultural attractions, sporting events, and educational opportunities.

Work Remotely: no

Qualities of the Rabbi:

  • A visionary with the ability to engage our current membership, reengage children and grandchildren of existing families, and attract the not-yet affiliated families living in our surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Ability to navigate change in accordance with the goals from our Strategic Plan, specifically addressing the short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals.
  • Proven inter-personal and pastoral skills, with the ability to nurture relationships, give counsel, and support our congregants through life cycle events, in times of joy and sorrow.
  • A strong leader and role model as an educator, daily participant in ritual life and services, and strong team player in fostering positive relationships with congregants, professional staff, and lay leadership.
  • A proven inspirational and motivational leader with creative approaches and practices.
  • An inspiring teacher who can reach people of different ages and educational and religious backgrounds.
Position Start Date: Fall 2019 with flexibility.

Parsonage is an option. Other benefits to be negotiated

Salary Range: Negotiable
Send resumes and cover letter to:

Bryan Lavine:

About Congregation Or VeShalom

OVS was founded in 1914 by Jews primarily from Turkey and the Mediterranean Island of Rhodes, OVS is known for its distinctive heritage, often counting multi-generational families among the membership. Over time, our congregation has attracted families from Sephardic communities around the world as well as Ashkenazi Jews from the United States. The tradition of our synagogue is Sephardic; however, our members represent a wide variety of religious practices and varied levels of personal observance within Judaism.

We are financially stable and debt-free with a generous membership, a sizable endowment, and a beautiful, architectural award winning building. Our lay leadership is dedicated to OVS and eager to achieve the goals laid out in our recently completed Strategic Plan (December 2018).  Our members give of their time and financial resources to OVS as well as their involvement in the greater Atlanta Jewish community, including recent board chairs of the Atlanta JCC and the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Jewish day schools, and other city-wide Jewish organizations. We have an active and vibrant Sisterhood, recently featured in a New York Times article, and a strong Chevra Kadisha group.

Over the last century, OVS has been predominantly led by three rabbis.  We are known for our hospitality and look forward to embracing and supporting a new rabbi and his family. As the oldest Sephardic synagogue in Atlanta, we have the unique feature of a religious service that offers both separate and mixed seating sections (a Tri-chitzah). We believe it is our responsibility to foster Sephardic ritual, Jewish learning, and service to OVS members, the greater Atlanta community, and the State of Israel (including an annual Israel Bonds event since 1972). We strive to be a place where the wisdom of Judaism is conveyed and applied to improve our lives in today’s complex and questioning world.