Full-time Rabbi to lead Temple Beth Torah, a 150 member, a fully egalitarian Conservative congregation in Holliston, MA., part of the Metro West Boston area. Rabbi will lead all services (Kabbalat Shabbat, Shabbat, Festivals, High Holidays, Weekdays) and work closely with the Board of Directors, our full-time Education Director, and part-time office administrator. As Mara D’Atra, Rabbi will work closely with the Ritual Committee, as well as other congregational committees. The Rabbi will be responsible for adult education as well as being involved with the Religious School. The Rabbi will work with B’nai Mitzvah students and families, helping students prepare a D’var and also helping to guide families through the process. Rabbi will also have a role with post-B’nai Mitzvah students. Rabbi will be the primary pastor for congregants facing major life-cycle events/traumas/Simchas. Rabbi will be open to working with interfaith families, Jews by Choice, LGBT members and people with disabilities. Rabbi is expected to represent Temple Beth Torah in the larger Jewish and secular/inter-faith communities and to support the congregation’s Tikkun Olam projects, as appropriate.
Candidates should have received ordination from a recognized denominational or trans-denominational seminary. Ideally we seek a rabbi who has had some congregational experience and/or, if newly ordained, as had solid internship experience working in congregations, leading services, working in a pastoral setting/pastoral roles. Candidates should be high energy, entrepreneurial in spirit and should enjoy working with lay leaders, understanding how to "lead from behind", providing vision, guidance and direction while allowing the lay leaders to shine. We hope that our next rabbi can read Torah. While we have a group of volunteer Torah readers, sometimes the rabbi has to step in and/or take a parsha (triennial reading). The congregation is seeking to grow its membership, after having lost some members/younger families, due to changes in rabbinic leadership and some aging out of membership. A rabbi applying to us must be willing to drive on Shabbat, as we do not have a parsonage and although we are in a residential area there may not be housing available/affordable in walking distance. Furthermore, there are no sidewalks and walking is not advisable.
Benefits are negotiable.
Holliston is a rural/suburban town, originally a farming community, approximately 20 miles from Boston. Temple Beth Torah draws its members from Holliston and from 20 surrounding towns in Metro West Boston. 13% or more of our members are inter-faith families and we have many members who are Jews by Choice. Our members come from a variety of Jewish backgrounds and traditions. We are accepting of families and individuals from all walks of life and regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
About Temple Beth Torah, Holliston, MA
We are a small, progressive, fully egalitarian Conservative congregation in the Metro West Boston region, approximately 20 miles from metropolitan Boston. We draw members from approximately 20 surrounding towns. We are a diverse community. While affiliated with USCJ, our members come from a variety of Jewish backgrounds, as well as inter-faith families and Jews by Choice. We have active and committed lay leaders, including a number of volunteer Torah and Haftorah readers. As our community has evolved and grown, and our needs changed, we made a decision to seek new rabbinic leadership to help lead us in understanding and meeting the changing needs of members/potential members. Our services are traditional Conservative services; we do have some lively Shir Shabbat services with guitar and flute music provided by members. Saturday morning services have been adapted to last about two hours. With the many demands the secular world places on families today, we are seeking new and innovative ways to engage members with the congregation -- in learning, in prayer, and in the social life of a community. We recognize a need to bridge generation gaps and build respect for the multiple entry points that bring and keep people engaged in a kehillah.