In addition to leading religious services, our top priorities for our new rabbi include building authentic, meaningful relationships with congregants and prospective congregants; counseling congregants during lifecycle events and supporting congregants pastorally; and building connections within the Jewish community and the general Louisville community, which embraces interfaith interactions and prides itself as a City of Compassion. The rabbi will be working with a Cantor who has been at KI for 11 years, an Executive Director who has been at KI for 7 years, and a supportive Board of Directors.
Serving as the rabbi of KI provides one the opportunity to make a significant impact in a congregation and the local Jewish community at large. Keneseth Israel has a dedicated membership that is open to innovation and supportive of our leadership. The Louisville Jewish community exhibits a high degree of intercongregational and interorganizational cooperation between five congregations plus an active Chabad, the Federation, the Vaad HaKashruth, and the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence (a local endowment with significant financial resources to support Jewish Louisville). The Jewish Community Center has broken ground on a brand new facility. The city of Louisville has a lot to offer its residents. Beyond bourbon and baseball bats, Louisville has a diverse and vibrant arts community, extensive and well-maintained parks system, a well-regarded restaurant scene, and an expanding stable of sporting events.
Rabbinic degree, ability to lead a Conservative synagogue
About Keneseth Israel Congregation
Keneseth Israel Congregation takes pride in being welcoming and spiritually fulfilling, as stated by our motto: “Big Enough to Enrich You; Small Enough to Know You.” Our vibrant Klei Kodesh partner with our dedicated member-volunteers to keep KI strong. The mission of KI is to provide a welcoming and engaging community that helps its members participate fully and joyfully in religious, educational, and social activities within a Conservative Jewish framework that is inclusive of all members. In addition to our synagogue, we also have a 125-student preschool, and a community Hebrew school.