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The Birmingham Temple
Farmington Hills, MI
Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees
The rabbi will perform all the commonly agreed duties of a rabbi in a manner consistent with Humanistic Judaism, providing our congregation with visible leadership at congregation functions, as well as in the larger Jewish community. This is a full-time position.
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- Ordained by a recognized Jewish seminary or appropriate rabbinic training program.
- Committed to and passionate for The Birmingham Temple and the philosophy of Humanistic Judaism.
- Excellent communication, leadership, interpersonal and presentation skills.
- Experience and knowledge of social media.
- Member of Association of Humanist Rabbis (AHR)
Areas of Responsibility:
- Act as the philosophical, religious, and educational leader of the congregation.
- Guide our members on their personal journeys of integrating Humanistic Judaism into their lives.
- Encourage wide participation by members in congregation activities and events.
- Identify and cultivate leaders within the congregation.
- Take a lead role in recruitment of new members, including leading meet the rabbi/meet the congregation events during the traditional “temple shopping” season (mid-summer through fall) and private meetings with prospective members, as needed.
- Act as the primary spokesperson for the congregation, increasing the visibility of our congregation and the message of Humanistic Judaism to the larger Jewish community (in the metropolitan area and beyond).
- Attend appropriate conventions and conferences on topics relating to Humanistic Judaism (and Judaism in general): give presentations at such conferences as opportunities arise.
B. Services and Liturgy
- Perform all rabbinic religious duties relating to the congregation’s High Holiday services, including:
- Prepare and present the liturgy for adult and family (children’s) services.
- Prepare and present sermons for adult services and story/messages for family services.
- Prepare and lead the congregation in all other annual traditional Jewish holidays and festivals.
- Lead regular Friday night services on a frequency to be determined.Include music as an integral part of all congregation services.
- Liaise with choir director regarding musical selections and development of new music.
- Train and supervise congregants who may wish to develop liturgy and present services.
C. Education/Life Cycle
- Work closely with education director and Hebrew instructor to coordinate the Bar/Bat Mitzvah/Confirmation training process for every student; rehearse with Bar/Bat Mitzvah/Confirmation students as needed; officiate all Bar/Bat Mitzvah/Confirmation ceremonies.
- Officiate as needed at baby namings, weddings, and funerals of immediate family of The Birmingham Temple members (per a policy to be determined.)
- May officiate life cycle events for non-Temple members at the rabbi’s discretion.
- Act as a resource to Sunday School teachers in development of curricula and be present to interact with students as needed. Supports and works with the Sunday School principal.
- Initiate and lead periodic adult education programs, including programs aimed at the development of lay leaders.
- Available for counseling of congregants on personal issues, within the role of a rabbi.
- Provide pastoral services to congregants , including offering comfort to the bereaved and ill.
- May provide pastoral services for non-Temple members at the rabbi’s discretion.
- Participate as a non-voting member of the Congregation’s Board of Trustees. Offer advice and counsel to the Board, other committee members.
- Support and work with the staff regarding the responsibilities of the operational aspects of the congregation.
- Contribute written articles, as needed, to the monthly newsletter.
- Oversee the accuracy and appropriateness of all congregational publications, including liturgy, articles/press releases, newsletters and advertisements.
- Participate in fundraising activities of the congregation on an as-needed basis.
- Participate in the budget process and advise the Board/finance chair appropriately.
Machar, the Washington, DC
Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism
The successful applicant would serve our community as pastor/counselor,
ceremonial leader, educator/scholar (adults and children), and community spokesperson.
With more than 100 family and single memberships, a vital Sunday School,
stimulating adult education programs, spirited secular holiday observances, and a
strong commitment to social action, Machar is looking for a rabbi or leader
committed to the principles of Secular Humanistic Judaism.
Please see our web site, www.machar.org, for additional information about our
activities. For questions or expressions of interest, contact Michael Prival.
The position of rabbi/leader of Machar, the Washington DC Congregation for Secular
Humanistic Judaism is currently 50% of full time, with potential to increase as the
congregation grows. Machar is a growing, very diverse community with members from
throughout the Washington, D.C. area.
The position includes the following responsibilities:
- leading and making presentations at Machar's holiday celebrations;
- participating in Machar's adult education and other programming;
- providing pastoral services for members;
- assisting Machar with membership outreach and connecting with prospective and new
- assisting students in preparing b'nei mitzvah projects and presiding at the group
- participating in revision of liturgy for selected holidays, as needed;
- providing services in support of Machar's Jewish Cultural School including occasional classroom visits and advising on curriculum revision;
- assisting with some of the activities of Machar's post-b'nei mitzvah group;
- representing Machar as appropriate in the wider Jewish and Humanist communities.
Congregation for Humanistic Judaism
Kahal B'raira (KB) is seeking an Education Director. This is a part-time position, averaging 15 hours per week (varies by time of year)
Position begins July 1, 2013.
The Education Director is the leader/administrator of the KB Sunday School and Youth Group including staffing, curriculum, parent-school communication, and administrative functions. The Education Director also supports activities in the congregation involving youth such as family Shabbat and holiday celebrations.
Kahal B’raira is a Humanistic Jewish Congregation of about 85 households with 50 children enrolled in Sunday School. The Sunday School currently educates children in preschool through 7th Grade, with the intention to expand to 8th grade. School meets on 14 Sunday mornings between September and June concurrently with the adult members’ service. Teens are actively engaged as aides in the school, participate in a Youth Group and may become bar/bat mitzvah. We provide a place for children to learn Jewish history, traditions, literature, ethics, and music while celebrating secular Jewish culture. We have students of diverse backgrounds. We emphasize collaboration and critical thinking.
For more information about Kahal B’raira, please visit our web site – www.kahalbraira.org
To apply please forward a resume and letter of interest to: email@example.com.
Applications are due by the end of March 2013.