We are looking for a rabbi to lead our community’s High Holy Days services.

Our ideal candidate will connect with us as individuals and as a community. He or she will bring a strong intellect and will share this by connecting Torah and texts to our services. Ideally, clergy will help us welcome both new and long-standing members with warmth and enthusiasm.

The rabbi works collaboratively with the cantorial soloist, volunteer choir, and High Holy Days planning committee to lead six services:  evening and morning services on the first day of Rosh Hashana, and

Kol Nidre, morning service, Yizkor, and Ne’ila on Yom Kippur.

There are three final rehearsals, one for Rosh Hashana and two for Yom Kippur.

·        We use the Gates of Repentance for most services.  We have written alternate liturgy for the Torah service, Kol Nidre, and Ne’ila.

·        The order of the service, including the music, is set.  It includes traditional melodies, nusach, and original settings composed for Beth Am.  We have a cantorial soloist who has been with us for many years.  Congregants read Torah and blow shofar.

·        The rabbi has flexibility to add readings, meditations, and alternative versions of prayers to the spoken liturgy.

·        Thought-provoking sermons are important to us.

·        The rabbi delivers three sermons and prepares materials for one study session.

·        Often sermons and study session have a common theme.

Please send inquiries and CV/resume and cover letter to:



Search Committee: Elena Deutsch; Margot Fein; Roger Gradess

Type of service are you envisioning: Work with our community by adding their intellect, warmth, and spirit to our services, which are well established and very integrated with our own musical traditions.
How do you do Jewish : Reform, with a homespun musical bent
Timing Expectations: Our expectations are that this position is for the High Holidays 2017. We would need preparation time and a closure meeting. Position would start during the summer of 2017 to prepare and would end at the conclusion of YK.
Community Description:

Beth Am, The People’s Temple, is a small progressive reform congregation in Upper Manhattan, founded in 1950. Under the guidance of our previous rabbis, Dr. Israel R. Margolies and Margaret Moers Wenig, we have a long, strong history of inclusiveness, support for social justice, and ritual innovation. Our mission includes enabling our members to develop a relationship with God and each other through egalitarian communal worship and study of Torah, as well as applying the principles of progressive Judaism to the values and conduct of the individual, the family, and society.

Work Remotely: no


Position Start Date: August 1, 2017
Send resumes and cover letter to: