Kehila Chadasha, a progressive independent Jewish community of about 100 families, seeks applicants to become our spiritual leader. The first 12 to 18 months will be a transition period in which the selected applicant would share duties with our long-time rabbi. After 40 years of service to our community, our current rabbi is looking to transition to a reduced role while helping to meet the needs of our older members. We hope that this new position will start between January and July 2019.
Roles and Responsibilities
Kehila’s new spiritual leader, after the transition period, will:
- participate in Sunday morning gatherings, including leading music, occasionally conducting adult education sessions, and assisting with the Sunday school.
- lead holiday celebrations and Shabbat Onegs, and share responsibilities for High Holiday services with our current rabbi
provide pastoral support to members.
- officiate at life-cycle events as requested by members, such as namings, bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, funerals, and shivas
oversee Judaic and Hebrew curriculum development for Sunday school and teen education.
- take a lead role in outreach to potential new members, particularly younger members, as we seek to grow our Sunday school and community.
- attend monthly Board meetings.
Job responsibilities will average approximately 25 to 30 hours per week September through mid-June; fewer hours per week from mid-June through August.
Our spiritual leader will be retained on a renewable two-year contract, will report to the Board, and will receive annual reviews. Salary and benefits are competitive.
Qualifications, Abilities, and Background
- an understanding and knowledge of Jewish religious teachings, history, traditions, and culture (ordination as a rabbi or cantor is preferred but not required).
- a familiarity with independent Jewish communities and havurot.
- welcoming of individuals with a non-religious orientation, a limited or non-Jewish background, and inter-faith couples and families.
- embracing progressive, egalitarian, humanistic values, and committed to social activism, linked to Jewish teachings and traditions.
- experience with and willingness to incorporate music and song in community activities and celebrations.
- training and experience in pastoral counseling.
- training and experience in teaching, preferably with a wide range of ages.
- enthusiasm for engaging with young families, children, and teens.
- a warm, compassionate, joyful spirit.
- a good sense of humor.energetic, resourceful, self-directed, flexible and collaborative.
- a willingness to play a major role in helping our community grow.
About Kehila Chadasha
Kehila Chadasha is a progressive independent Jewish community of about 100 families
- we gather Sunday mornings at a local high school from September to mid-June to sing, and learn through educational programs about a range of topics (cultural, historical, political, literary, artistic, scientific, and occasionally religious)
we educate our children (currently, about 30) about Jewish history, culture, ethics, and the Hebrew language.
- we hold High Holiday services, joined by many nonmembers.
- we observe Jewish traditions, hold monthly Shabbat onegs, and celebrate Jewish holidays.
- we believe in and do Tikkun Olam and act on this belief through many activities, including, supporting HIAS’s refugee resettlement efforts, serving dinner monthly at a local shelter, collecting monthly Mitzvah donations for those in need, promoting environmental awareness and action, joining social justice marches, and contributing Tzedakah locally and internationally.
- we have never had a capital building campaign.
In sum, Kehila Chadasha is a welcoming community with a strong Jewish identity, ruach, social awareness, and a commitment to each other.