Temple Israel, located in the heart of the historic, seaside city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is seeking a full-time, ordained, pulpit rabbi who will lead worship, provide pastoral care, promote a culture of Jewish learning for all ages, inspire engagement in synagogue life, and be a voice for our Jewish community.



  • Provide religious and spiritual leadership and pastoral care to a vibrant, growing, welcoming, and diverse community of varying levels of observance.
  • Inspire, challenge, and encourage all members to strengthen their Jewish knowledge, understanding, beliefs, and practices.
  • Build community both within Temple Israel and as an ambassador of the congregation to the Seacoast faith community.
  • Engage and attract unaffiliated Jews in the NH/ME Seacoast area.



  • Lead or support lay leadership in leading services on Shabbat, holidays, and weekly minyan.
  • Provide or arrange for a dvar Torah at services or learning session after services.
  • Strengthen our identity as a Conservative congregation while engaging and welcoming all Jews, no matter their background or affiliation.
  • Act as the community‚Äôs authority on religious issues, overseeing and guiding the establishment of policies consistent with Conservative Judaism but tailored to the spectrum of observance of congregation members.


  • Attend to the welfare and spiritual needs of members; visit the sick, elderly, and bereaved; counsel those with family or other personal challenges; provide support and guidance to interfaith families.
  • Officiate at and engage in the planning and preparation of bnei mitzvah, weddings, funerals, shivas, unveilings (tombstone consecrations), and other life-cycle events.


  • Maintain involvement with Adult Education, USY, the Early Learning Center, and programming for seniors.
  • Assist lay leaders and volunteers in developing programming options that appeal to a broad cross-section of our multifaceted congregation, encouraging more members to become engaged.
  • Encourage and support lay leadership and volunteers.


  • Proactively engage with children and teenagers of the community on a regular basis and encourage the involvement of young parents in communal life.
  • Create a warm and welcoming environment for children in services.
  • Work closely with the Hebrew School Director, teachers, and bnei mitzvah tutors.


  • Attend monthly meetings of the Board of Directors and Ritual Committee.
  • Write contributions for the monthly temple bulletin contributions.
  • Work closely with the Administrative Director to communicate with the congregation through established electronic and paper channels.
Work Remotely: no

Our ideal candidate will be a graduate of an established, well recognized institution (eg, Hebrew College, JTS, Ziegler), ordained, and full of life and congregational experiences. Our ideal candidate will come with a love of tradition and an eye to the future and will lead our egalitarian services with enthusiasm and musicality.

Position Start Date: June 1, 2020
Send resumes and cover letter to:

In your cover letter, please describe the elements that brought you to the rabbinate, your interest in Temple Israel, and your salary requirements. Please feel free to share any information, links (eg, YouTube), or content that will help us learn and appreciate more about you. We can accept emails with total attachment size of 20 MB. Please send emails to:

Jeffrey Friedman and Helaine Roberts, Co-Chairs, Rabbi Search Committee, Temple Israel, NH
email: TIP.RSC.2019@gmail.com

About Temple Israel / Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Established in 1905, Temple Israel is a vibrant Conservative congregation that is rich in tradition and that serves the Jewish community of the seacoast region of New Hampshire and Maine. Established along the Seacoast area, this engaged, committed congregation comes together for the preservation and advancement of Temple Israel as an institution of Conservative Judaism, academic and cultural education, and spirituality. The congregation holds tightly to tradition and culture, but remains flexible and understanding, eagerly incorporating novel ideas about being Jewish, inviting mixed faith families to join us, and accepting all Jews, no matter where along the spectrum of observance they may fall. We cherish the core identity and culture of being Jewish, here, in an idyllic New England seacoast town. Our Synagogue is a harmony of new and old, reflecting the diversity of the surrounding city as well as our congregation.