Responsibilities for the Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation Rabbi include planning and leading High Holy Day services; planning and conducting Friday evening Shabbat services, holiday and festival services, and adult education classes (up to 25 events per year); taking a proactive role in developing family programs and outreach; and providing support for life-cycle events of Congregation members. Events such as b’nai mitzvah are arranged separately.  Musical ability highly desirable.

Timing Expectations: A minimum of twice a month for Shabbat services, plus the High Holy Days, specific holidays & other events as noted above.
Rabbi Qualifications: Please see position description above
Community Description:

Roosevelt Island is a 40+ year old vibrant Island community of more than 10,000 people, located in the middle of the East River between Manhattan & Queens. It is accessible by aerial Tramway from Manhattan, subway, MTA buses from Queens, and by car from Queens. We are a very diverse community of hard working, civic-minded individuals & families. The Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation is the oldest, longest-serving Jewish organization on the Island.

Work Remotely: no

We seek a creative, vibrant and enthusiastic individual to advance the Congregation's mission of providing spiritual support and renewed Jewish knowledge for our unique Island community.  RIJC members represent a diversity of ages (from adults with young children to a wide range of seniors), many national origins and different religious backgrounds.

Applicants should be currently ordained or near ordination.

Position Start Date: August 1, 2018

Part-time position - No benefits

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About Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation

The Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation (RIJC) is a small, egalitarian, progressive and friendly synagogue founded in 1976. We are dedicated to providing strong Jewish spiritual leadership and support, plus renewed and increased Jewish knowledge to all who seek it, as well as a strong Jewish community in and for Roosevelt Island.  Our members and friends are both long-timers and newcomers to RI, are both young families and retirees, singles & couples, and many more who are still working on and off the Island.  We have a small Sanctuary in our Island's Cultural Center, where we conduct our services, events and the High Holy Days.

We are always seeking to increase our membership, and engage more Jewish Islanders in our Congregation through our Shabbat services, holiday & festival events, child & adult learning and through service to the community.