Rabbinic Responsibilities

– Provide religious leadership and pastoral care to TBS members. Inspire, challenge, and encourage all members in their Jewish knowledge, understanding, beliefs, and practices

– Help community members navigate the complexity of modern life by making Jewish values and texts relevant to the important issues of today

– Lead the TBS Shalom School, in part by maintaining the welcoming and creative environment that has enabled the younger members of our congregation to learn the values, traditions, and practices that unite us with the Jewish people as a whole

– Inspire and enhance Jewish learning and knowledge to support the ritual observance of community members

– Incorporate a creative approach to TBS services, programs, education, and community outreach to enhance and expand member participation


– Lead and coordinate services that are musically engaging, meaningful, inclusive, and encourage participation in services by community members of all ages

– Deliver sermons that inspire, educate, and are thought-provoking and/or challenge members of the congregation to learn, reflect and grow spiritually and religiously

– Lead programs aimed at families with young children


– Assume leadership and responsibility for the school as a whole, including day-to-day operations

– Coordinate and oversee the hiring, supervision, and mentoring of teachers

– Enhance, develop, and document the school curriculum

– Ensure that all students are properly prepared for B’nai Mitzvah (in cooperation with the B’nai Mitzvah Tutor)

– Plan and conduct programming for adults based on congregation members’ interests and needs

– Mentor and support interested community members in leading services


– Attend to the pastoral, welfare, and personal needs of the members of the community

– Visit the sick, elderly, and bereaved

– Provide spiritual counseling


– Plan and conduct outreach and education opportunities for Jewish families in the greater Melrose area as part of TBS’s strategic growth plans

– Represent the TBS community at local events; build rapport with local religious and civic leaders and participate in the Melrose Interfaith Clergy Association

– Maintain and grow the TBS community’s leadership in Melrose-area social justice and arts initiatives

Children & Youth

– Proactively engage with children and teenagers of the community on a regular basis

– Create a warm and welcoming environment for children (including the very young) in the synagogue and at services

– Plan and conduct teen programming


– Participate in synagogue and religious school fundraising efforts, which may include grant writing

– Work closely with TBS Governing Council and be receptive to performance feedback and review processes







How do you do Jewish : Reform
Work Remotely: no

1)     We seek a rabbi, ideally with teaching experience and training, who brings a warm, kind, and open perspective to our community.

2)     We hope for a rabbi who can inspire us from the bima, sing songs with our children, teach our pre-schoolers and adults, and represent TBS in the wider Melrose community

3)     We seek a rabbi who wishes to grow with us.

Position Start Date: August 1, 2019
Salary Range: $70,000-$90,000
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About Temple Beth Shalom

Our synagogue is located seven miles from Boston in dynamic Melrose, MA. With a strong core of long-time members and a growing cohort of families with young children, our community of more than 85 families is well-respected in the city for the programs it provides and offers fertile ground for ongoing growth. TBS families reflect a diversity of races, genders, and sexual orientations. Our members come from and keep many levels of Jewish and non-Jewish religious observance. We are proud of the role non-Jewish members of our interfaith families play in temple life and leadership. Many of our members are actively engaged in our local community and especially in social justice work.

Founded in 1988, our religious school provides education to children from pre-K through seventh grade.  While the school has had over 50 students in the past, current enrollment is around 30 students.  With the recent influx of young families with children to Melrose, we expect our school to grow over the next few years.