Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities


Career Opportunities with the Society for Humanistic Judaism




Job Summary

The Society for Humanistic Judaism is seeking an enthusiastic secular, humanistic candidate who understands the philosophy and practices of the Secular Humanistic Jewish movement, and who has experience in conference planning and youth organizing, to coordinate our annual HuJews Conclave for high school and college students (more information here:

Position is part-time; will include some weekends. Position begins February 1, 2018


Responsibilities and Duties

  • Attend the 2018 HuJews Conclave in Philadelphia, March 23-25, 2018 and assist as incoming Coordinator;

Plan the 2019 HuJews Conclave with involvement, assistance, and guidance from the Teen and Young Adult Leadership Council, host community,and SHJ Staff, including:

  • Set Date;
  • Secure Rabbinic participation;
  • Plan Theme;
  • Set Draft Budget and Schedule;
  • Recruit attendees through affiliate leaders, former participants and youth group directors;
  • Set registration schedule, price, and registration structure;
  • Develop webpage and online registration forms;
  • Complete pre-conclave logistics planning – events, food, workshops, travel, rooming, chaperones and group designations;
  • Oversee onsite logistics during conclave;
  • Oversee program/schedule during conclave;
  • Secure host community and date prior to the conclave weekend for the next conclave so it can be announced during the conclave weekend.
  • Participate remotely via phone or webinar during SHJ Board of Directors meetings in April and November, and host additional Young Adult Leadership Council telephonic meetings as needed.


Qualifications and Skills

  • College Grad/undergraduate degree. Degrees in Jewish Communal Service, social work and/or education a plus;
  • Experience in youth/teen/college programming and teen/college organizing;
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing and speaking, proficient computer/technology skills, including MS Office, and facility with social media required;
  • Ability to work with both teens and college students and their parents.


Job Type: Part-time


Send Cover Letter and Resume to Rabbi Miriam Jerris .

Employment Opportunities 
in the Humanistic Jewish Movement


The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (posted December 2017)

The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, based in New York City and one of the largest Humanistic congregations on the East Coast, is presently seeking a rabbi.


This is a unique opportunity to serve as the philosophical and religious leader of a vibrant and progressive community of secular Jews. This is a part-time role in which you will have the support of a lay leadership and volunteer committees.


What You Will Do

As the rabbi of The City Congregation, you will partner with our engaged congregation in four key areas: 1) education; 2) liturgy; 3) care of the congregation; and 4) organizational work.


Education includes overseeing the KidSchool and planning adult education programs for twice per month sessions, from September through June.


The liturgical area includes leading services for Shabbat (approximately two per month, September through June), Jewish holidays, and Bar/Bat Mitzvah.


The care of the congregation includes valuing and inspiring the congregants, helping them build and sustain a sense of community, representing them to the larger Jewish community, and attending to individual pastoral needs.


Organizational work includes attendance at board meetings, advising committees, cultivating new members, fundraising, and related writing. All of the work presupposes a commitment to Humanistic Judaism.


What You Will Bring

Must be ordained by a recognized Jewish seminary or an appropriate rabbinic training program


Commitment to and passion for the philosophy of Humanistic Judaism and the values and priorities of The City Congregation, which include learning; social justice; diversity; and creative Jewish cultural expression


Experience as a leader of a diverse community


Superior interpersonal, presentation, and written and oral communications skills, including facility with social media


Compassionate concern for the well-being of others as expressed through pastoral care and/or outreach


Enthusiasm for membership development, fundraising, and outreach through direct solicitation and social media


Who We Are

Founded in 1991 as the New York City affiliate of the Society for Humanistic Judaism, The City Congregation is a vibrant, diverse, and collaborative community of secular Jews.


Our members, who reside throughout New York City and beyond, join us for many reasons—cultural, spiritual, intellectual, and social—and are connected by a shared commitment to secular Jewish values and practices. In addition to celebrating our culture through services and celebrations, we place a high value on education and social justice.


How to Apply

Submit the following to
1. Cover Letter
2. Résumé or C.V.
3. Two Writing Samples


These can include examples of liturgy that you have written for Shabbat, other services, or holiday celebrations appropriate to a Humanistic Jewish congregation. Sermons or remarks are also welcome, as are published essays.


To see a full job description, click here.


Employment Opportunities 
in Secular Movement Organizations


Secular Student Alliance (on-going)

The Secular Student Alliance lists positions available throughout the secular movement. Click here to find listings for jobs and internships.