Overview

Har Mishpacha, The Jewish Congregation of Steamboat Springs, is looking for a resident rabbi.

We are a small congregation of approximately 60-member families in a small town high in the Rocky Mountains of Northwest Colorado. Founded in 1983, we have a permanent home at the Spiritual Life Center at Heart of Steamboat United Methodist Church.  Many of our families have relocated here from various parts of the country and bring with them their own traditions of religious and cultural observance.  Additionally, our congregation includes families of interfaith marriages who seek varying levels of engagement in synagogue life. For a community of our size, we have a robust Religious School with a current roster of 18 students.

Most recently, our congregation has been served by a rabbi who visits on 6 weekends annually in addition to the High Holidays.  This rabbi is now moving from the area and we have chosen to seek a resident rabbi.  We see this as an important next step in nurturing Jewish life and growing our community.

Work Remotely: no
Qualifications:

Desire to move to Steamboat Springs to help engage and develop an active Jewish Community. A love for an outdoor lifestyle is a big plus.
Flexibility. Understands, is comfortable with, and can adapt to the individual needs of the members of a diverse congregation in a small town. Easily interacts with Har Mishpacha members and potential members whose backgrounds and practice vary widely.  Recognizes that our members include interfaith families. Empathetic, engaging & inviting.
Experience and comfort working with members that have family challenges and lifecycle events.
Experience creating and providing educational programming for school age students and adults. Interacts with Religious School teachers and students. Enjoys working with Bar & Bat Mitzvah candidates, young adults and adults.
Enjoys singing and finds ways to bring music into the congregation.  Interested in creating an atmosphere of accessible spirituality and has experience and demonstrated commitment to bringing cultural and social Jewish activities to the community.
Understands and uses social media.
Enjoys proactive community outreach.  In addition to growing the Jewish community of Steamboat, the rabbi will represent Har Mishpacha in building bridges with a broad array of community, religious, educational and civic leaders.

Position Start Date: October 1, 2018
Community Description:

Steamboat is best known by skiers for its legendary Colorado powder.  However, our town is so much more than that. Unlike most other Colorado ski resorts, the town of Steamboat Springs was incorporated in 1900 and our town thrives independently of the local ski resort.  We have a population of approximately 13,000 and support 4 public schools as well as a charter school and 2 private schools. We are known as a relaxed unpretentious town with a laid back western vibe. In addition to full time residents, we have many seasonal part-time residents, visitors and vacationers.  We have friendly locals, special events, ongoing festivals, great food and multiple cultural institutions. There is a saying that people come to Steamboat for the winters, but stay for the summers. We have recently achieved distinction as one of the best small towns to visit and one of the best towns to retire to.  Additionally, Routt County (which includes Steamboat Springs) is among the top 10 healthiest counties in the US according to US News rankings. Several members of our Jewish community are business owners and many members are actively involved in a variety of civic, charitable and social organizations that support and better our community.  For more background - www.steamboatchamber.com or our daily newspaper - www.steamboattoday.com

Send resumes and cover letter to:

thestevebloom@gmail.com

About Har MIshpacha

Har Mishpacha, The Jewish Congregation of Steamboat Springs, is looking for a resident rabbi.

 

We are a small congregation of approximately 60-member families in a small town high in the Rocky Mountains of Northwest Colorado. Founded in 1983, we have a permanent home at the Spiritual Life Center at Heart of Steamboat United Methodist Church.  Many of our families have relocated here from various parts of the country and bring with them their own traditions of religious and cultural observance.  Additionally, our congregation includes families of interfaith marriages who seek varying levels of engagement in synagogue life. For a community of our size, we have a robust Religious School with a current roster of 18 students.  Most recently, our congregation has been served by a rabbi who visits on 6 weekends annually in addition to the High Holidays.  This rabbi is now moving from the area and we have chosen to seek a resident rabbi.  We see this as an important next step in nurturing Jewish life and growing our community.