Job Title: Rabbi
Reports to: Executive Committee of the TBI Board of Directors
Job Summary: The Rabbi will perform all the commonly agreed duties of a Rabbi in a manner consistent with our diverse congregation with visible leadership at congregation functions as well as in the larger Jewish community. The Rabbi must have personal warmth, interpersonal skills and the ability to develop rapport with our children, interfaith families and especially our diverse congregation with traditional, conservative and reform members.
- Rabbinic ordination by an accredited Jewish seminary.
- Committed to and passionate for Temple B’nai Israel.
- Have excellent communication, leadership, interpersonal and presentation skills.
- Able to successfully connect with other Jewish community leaders across the denominational spectrum and represent the congregation in the boarder community.
- Serve as a role model whose values, spirituality, intellect and passion attracts and inspires our diverse congregation to meet its highest aspirations.
- Energetic, engaging and outgoing personality, with sensitivity to individual needs and an understanding of family/group dynamics.
- Organized self-starter, multi-task well, friendly, punctual, professional and able to adapt to community and individuals’ needs.
Areas of Responsibilities:
Act as the philosophical, religious and educational leader of the congregation
Guide our members on their personal journeys of integrating Judaism into their lives.
Encourage wide participation by members in congregational activities and events.
Identify and cultivate leaders within the congregation.
Provide programming for young families to promote a strong bond to TBI and Judaism.
Take a lead role in recruitment of new members and maintaining current members; working closely with membership committee.
Act as the primary spokesperson for the congregation, increasing the visibility of our congregation in the Aurora area community, including Interfaith Aurora.
Initiate and lead adult education programs and work with the Adult Education Committee as a resource.
Ability to maintain and model high personal, ethical, and professional standards.
Attend appropriate conferences and continuing education opportunities.
Be aware of and promote outside educational programs for Temple members.
Services & Liturgy
- Provide leadership for TBI’s multiple Shabbat services, including liturgy and sermons for adult services and story/messages for family services.
- Prepare and lead holiday and festival services, including liturgy and sermons.
- Perform all rabbinic religious duties relating to High Holiday services.
- Train and supervise congregants who wish to develop liturgy and present services.
- Be an experienced Torah reader.
School and Life Cycle Events
Support and work with Religious School Director to maintain and advance our Religious School.
Work closely with Religious School Director and Hebrew instructors to coordinate Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation training process; rehearse with students as necessary and officiate at ceremonies.
Act as a resource to religious school teachers in development of curricula and be present to interact with students as needed.
Officiate as needed at baby namings, weddings and funerals of members.
Fluent in Hebrew with the ability to teach the Hebrew language to others.
- Provide counseling for congregants on personal issues within the role of the Rabbi.
- Provide pastoral services to congregants including offering comfort for the bereaved and ill
- Reach out to congregants who are elderly and shut-ins.
- Post and maintain scheduled office hours so that congregants may schedule a meeting with a degree of certainty.
- Offer advice and counsel to Executive Committee and Board of Directors
- Support and work with Temple staff regarding the operational aspects of the congregation.
- Be able to communicate via telephone, email and social media.
- Contribute written articles to the monthly newsletter and the weekly handout.
- Prepare monthly and semi-annual Rabbi’s report on activities.
- Plan and manage expenses within the budget allocated.
How to ApplyFor over 100 years Temple B'nai Israel has served the Jewish community of the Fox River valley area. Located in Aurora, IL, 40 miles west of Chicago, our congregation is diversified with traditional, conservative, and reform members. We have an established religious school, adult education program, and Sisterhood. From participating in the Aurora Interfaith community, to our chicken soup lunch fundraiser, we are an active and involved congregation. The candidate should be able to be involved in all facets of synagogue activities. We offer competitive compensation and benefits.
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