Temple Beth Tikvah (TBT) is searching for a part-time Rabbi, full time spiritual leader, for our Reform congregation. We are looking for a positive and outgoing individual with strong interpersonal, leadership, and time management skills who will work proactively with TBT to maintain and foster a welcoming and inclusive community and maintain and grow our membership. The Educational and Religious services described below necessarily overlap, as the infusion and education of Judaism is vital for our congregation.
· Lead Shabbat services, with a D’var Torah/Sermon;
· Lead holiday services (including, at minimum, High Holy Days, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Chanukah, Purim, and Congregational Passover);
· Lead services with the Bar or Bat Mitzvah on those weekends in which there is a Bar/Bat Mitzvah;
· Officiate at life cycle events (weddings, funerals, baby naming’s, Bar/Bat Mitzvot, etc.); and
· Provide pastoral and bereavement support for our members during their troubled times, and celebrate with them during their joyful times.
· Work with the VP of Education for the benefit our Sunday School for children (Sunday School includes both Hebrew school and Religious school);
· Work with B’nei Mitzvot students (including children and adults) for their respective Bar/Bat Mitzvah;
· Work with the VP of Ritual to create a Bar/Bat Mitzvah program;
· Provide conversion instruction for those wishing to convert to Judaism; and
· Provide at educational programs to the general congregation.
· Timely write and provide a column for TBT’s monthly newsletter, the ChaiLights;
· Maintain office hours at TBT once weekly;
· Attend Board Meetings one to two times a month; and
· Engage in outreach to foster and develop positive relationships with other Jewish congregations in the area, with congregations of other faiths in the area, and with the local community.
Temple Beth Tikvah’s strength comes from its members - our primary strength is how warm and welcoming our congregation is; kindness and inclusiveness are integral to Temple Beth Tikvah. As well, Temple Beth Tikvah has been blessed to have members with musical and dramatic abilities. For example, one of our members, herself a published author, has written and directed plays for our children and adults, resulting in engaging and joyful services. We have also had members who sing and play instruments, providing the infusion of joy and energy that accompanies music into our services. Thus, with our smallness comes the openness to creativity and innovation in services. On a practical level, Temple Beth Tikvah is located in the Clear Lake area, just south of Houston and north of Galveston. As a consequence, there are many recreational, cultural, educational, and sporting events, programs, and opportunities all within close proximity.
· Rabbinic ordination from an accredited program;
· Comprehensive religious knowledge;
· Ability to speak, read, and chant Hebrew well;
· Strong work ethics and time management skills;
· Positive and strong interpersonal and leadership skills; and
· Ability to play a musical instrument is not required, but is a plus.
Cori Novy, Rabbi Search Committee
About Temple Beth Tikvah
TBT is an inclusive and welcoming community, and our membership includes many inter-faith couples/families. We are located in a beautiful setting in the Clear Lake area, which is just south of Houston, Texas. We are currently a relatively small congregation, with about 50 families and members. TBT was formed in 1994 as the Jewish Center of Clear Lake, then changed its name to Temple Beth Tikvah. TBT built and moved into this building in 2001. Our location provides quick access to both Houston and Galveston; thus, recreational and cultural activities abound within close proximity. As well, we are very close to the NASA Space Center. Our membership includes a diverse array of individuals and families, and we draw our membership from many surrounding towns and cities (Pasadena, Friendswood, League City, Clear Lake Shores, Houston, and other areas).