The Rabbi of Temple Beth Rishon serves the religious, educational and pastoral needs of the congregation. With a primary focus on our congregation and a presence in the larger Jewish community, the Rabbi is the emotional and spiritual leader of the congregation. The congregation seeks an individual who sees this position as a life calling.
► Primary responsibility to organize and conduct religious services at Beth Rishon. This includes delivery of sermons that are inspiring and thought-provoking. The Rabbi works closely with the cantor, rabbinic intern and cantorial intern to create a warm and welcoming environment during religious services.
► Direct involvement in the educational programs at the synagogue. This includes the religious school and early childhood education program, bar/bat mitzvah preparation program, the confirmation class and adult education program. The Rabbi provides guidance and counseling to the staff who has responsibility for each program and works directly with students.
► Serves the congregation in a pastoral and counseling role. This includes life cycle events, and the needs of congregants in crisis. The Rabbi understands the diverse nature of the congregation, is committed to the needs of all members of Beth Rishon, and is supportive of interfaith families. The Rabbi helps each person live a Jewish life that reflects their own level of
► Active involvement in outreach activities. The Rabbi’s responsibilities include welcoming new members, serving as an inspiration for, and a participant in, fund-raising activities, planning major religious events at the synagogue, and active engagement in the larger religious and secular communities.
► Functions as the leader of the professional team at the synagogue. The selected individual participates in the meetings of the Administrative Committee, Board of Trustees and professional staff. Communication with the membership via synagogue publications and meetings is essential.
The Rabbi should be a visionary, and provide a moral compass for the congregation, inspiring engagement and commitment to Jewish life at Beth Rishon.
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· Must be ordained from an accredited institution
· Ability to serve as a leader for an active and diverse congregation that is welcoming of multiple perspectives
· Dedicated educator with strong interpersonal skills, comfortable teaching and building relationships with all age groups
· Passion for pastoral care
· Thoughtful public speaker with strong verbal and written communication skills
· Strong organizational skills and experience managing administrative staff
· Minimum of 2-3 years congregational/pulpit experience. We would consider applicants with pulpit experience who have served as either Assistant or Associate Rabbis
About Temple Beth Rishon
Founded in 1975, Temple Beth Rishon is an unaffiliated, liberal egalitarian Jewish congregation located in northern New Jersey. We welcome all who want to participate in a vibrant Jewish community, including those from diverse Jewish backgrounds and interfaith families. We seek to draw from the best ideas from all branches of Judaism. Worship services weave traditional and contemporary approaches to prayer while music enriches our services and enhances our spiritual experience. Our Shabbat prayer books are Siddur Hadash and Etz Hayim. We follow the prayer
book Mahzor Hadash during the High Holidays.
Beth Rishon enjoyed a stable clergy for many years. Services were led by Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Emert and Cantor Ilan Mamber for 22 and 30 years, respectively. In 2016 Rabbi Emert retired and CantorMamber passed away suddenly the following year. Since 2018, our congregation has continued togrow Jewishly under the leadership of Rabbi Beni Wajnberg. For personal reasons he has chosen to leave the United States and thus we are searching for our next Rabbi, who will have an opportunity to lead the congregation in all aspects of prayer, learning and community engagement.
A passion for Jewish learning is evident in our flourishing preschool, religious school, and adult education programs. Our congregation has successfully recruited highly motivated and charismatic preschool and religious school directors. Their energy level is contagious. Innovative social and cultural events are ongoing for our entire congregation. The congregation’s commitment is displayed by the recently completed two story, state of the art education wing that complements our modern and inspiring sanctuary built in 1980 and rededicated in 2002. A high vaulted ceiling and beautiful stained glass windows accentuate our bimah. The seating capacity is 325 during a Shabbat service. During the High Holidays our sanctuary expands to accommodate 1400 people. For the past ten years we have simulcast our High Holiday services to college students, elderly members and those unable to attend due to health reasons. Beth Rishon’s ballroom has hosted numerous lectures, weddings, and fundraisers for our membership as well as various local Jewish communities and agencies.
Beth Rishon now includes 350+ families, with many interesting and accomplished congregants. Bucolic northwest Bergen County offers outstanding academic and recreational venues such as Ramapo College, William Paterson University, state parks and lakes for hiking and boating, as well as skiing. Nationally recognized Hackensack University Medical Center and Valley Hospital are easily accessed for excellent healthcare, all the while being only thirty miles from New York City.
Beth Rishon will provide our new rabbi with an exceptional opportunity to share her/his personality, wisdom and leadership skills with an educated, supportive community that is eager to learn from, celebrate with and grow alongside its new spiritual leader.