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COME BE OUR NEW RABBI!

Our Rabbi of 25 years announced his retirement effective August 2018, which means that our vibrant, growing and unique Conservative-affiliated Denver Jewish community is looking for a new Rabbi.

Would you like to be our new Rabbi?

 

 
 

Rodef Shalom is a 300+ member synagogue that is an active participant in the greater Colorado Jewish community and is a member in good standings of both the Rabbinical Assembly and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Rodef Shalom adheres to the tenets of Judaism as defined by these organizations. 

We envision our new Rabbi to be someone who has the passion, vision and technical know-how to lead our community of engaged Jewish leaders and to provide guidance, leadership and kindness to further strengthen and enhance a thriving and growing community. We desire a Rabbi who is comfortable leading, but also feeling at home in our community and developing his/her their own Jewish and family connections. Rodef Shalom is seeking a dynamic Rabbi who is committed to honoring our traditions, while energizing and engaging our present membership.

ARE YOU A DYNAMIC RABBI?

The ideal candidate is comfortable embracing and participating in our musical, diverse, highly-engaged, and multi-style minyan community. He/she will reach out to current and potential members, make them feel welcome and comfortable with our synagogue and city, and connect them to our vibrant community in meaningful ways.

He/She has works well with synagogue staff, board members and volunteers to strengthen all areas of congregational life. We seek a Rabbi who can invigorate and motivate our souls through education, public speaking, programming ideas, and personal connections to transform and connect people to Jewish life at Rodef into the 21st century.

We seek a leader for both our congregation and the greater Denver area. Rodef Shalom has a long history of being an integral part of Jewish life in Denver and we are searching for a leader who will continue this tradition.

He/She is fiercely committed to honoring traditional Jewish values and minhagim and has a strong commitment to our participatory and egalitarian services. Because of our strong ties to the Conservative Movement, Rabbinic ordination from the Rabbinical Assembly is preferred.

YOU KNOW THAT DENVER ROCKS, RIGHT?

Rodef Shalom is located within an eruv, and near a mikveh, JCC, and kosher restaurants. Our membership is diverse in practice, background, and levels of belief and we pride ourselves on a multigenerational community with a growing population of young families and a full preschool. The synagogue is located near multiple bike paths and numerous parks, minutes from downtown, near many cultural institutions and museums and within 1.5 hours of Rocky Mountain skiing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES & JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Religious Services and Practices
    • Primary responsibility for this position is to direct the spiritual and religious practices of Congregation Rodef Shalom. The Rabbi needs to be able to guide, manage and coordinate all the spiritual and religious needs that the community may require in accordance with Conservative Judaism’s theology.
    • The Rabbi will work with the Ritual Committee to review, and if necessary, alter and modernize ritual policies and practices.
    • The Rabbi will work with the Cantor and help coordinate volunteer engagement to organize meaningful High Holiday services.
    • The Rabbi needs to be able to read from the Torah when needed
  • Prayer Leader
    • The Rabbi is the synagogue’s prayer leader and is primary responsible for organizing, managing, scheduling, and being prepared to directly or indirectly lead and guide all prayer services and aspects of prayer services.
    • The Rabbi is responsible for strongly encouraging lay participation, layning from the Torah when volunteers are unable or unavailable, and providing meaningful and thought-provoking sermons.
    • The Rabbi is responsible for analyzing current ritual practices, tunes and service activities and making recommendations to the Ritual Committee on ways to modify or innovate services in ways that will enhance prayer and spirituality.
  • Community Builder 
    • The Rabbi is responsible for creating a sense of community within the congregation and in the broader community by striving to increase synagogue membership, and by establishing an inspiring and relevant value proposition.
    • As the face of the congregation in the community the Rabbi will interact with and attend meetings, participate in events of various community and Jewish organizations; take an active interest in troubleshooting and mediating congregational issues; encourage inter-Judaic and inter-faith respect and understanding for Judaism; and encourage support and understanding for the needs of vulnerable Jews in other lands.
    • The Rabbi is encouraged to write and publish articles for the congregation and the community if they so desire and when he/she deems it appropriate.
    • The Rabbi should be comfortable exploring his/her their own Judaism and helping build, and embrace our various types of minyanim (young families, musical, traditional, learners, etc.) and their interactions with the greater synagogue and city community as membership changes over time.
    • The Rabbi will serve as a resource for members of the congregation, and the community, on questions of Jewish law, traditions, and values
  • Lifecycle Events
    • The Rabbi will manage all the lifecycle needs of the community, including but not limited to Baby namings, B’nai Mitzvot, Confirmations, weddings, funerals and shiva services.
  • Bikur Cholim 
    • The Rabbi will provide support to community members who are ill or who have family members who are ill.
    • Working closely with the Chesed Committee, the Rabbi will notify the committee volunteers about additional supports are needed for those who are ill.
  • Emotional Support 
    • The Rabbi will provide religious and emotional support needed for adults and teens. The Rabbi will offer support and counselling in pre-marital, marital, divorce, mourning, and other counseling and life crisis situations. He/She will also make himself/herself available, as is practical, during reasonable office hours, for consultation by congregants and staff.  
  • Education 
    • The Rabbi will educate members and community on history, culture, custom, Torah, Israel, religion, spirituality, and other aspects of Jewish life.
    • The Rabbi will provide leadership in collaboration with senior staff and our Education Committee to provide an array of relevant and engaging educational programs for adults, teens and children, and community at large. He/She will help the synagogue become an integral part of the Jewish education of youth as they progress from pre-school toward B’nai Mitzvah and beyond. He/she will have a visible leadership role in Jewish education in the congregation’s preschool and after school programs as well.
  • Events and Fundraising Initiatives
    • The Rabbi will collaborate with the Board of Directors along with various committee chairs to develop and execute a comprehensive annual calendar of events designed to appeal to current and prospective members and the larger community.
  • Synagogue Development
    • The Rabbi will cultivate prospective members and ensure they are warmly welcomed into the community, encouraging members to play an active role in the cultivation.
    • He/She will be an active participate in Board of Directors meetings.
  • Miscellaneous
    • The Rabbi will have other responsibilities to serve the needs of the synagogue community as needed.

Qualifications: 

  • Has Rabbinic ordination and/or appropriate post-graduate training.
  • Has previous experience as a Jewish educator.
  • Has a minimum of 2 years of experience as an Associate Rabbi or Head Rabbi.
  • Demonstrates a deep commitment to providing a welcoming, spiritual environment for our Jewish community.
  • Is learned in areas of Jewish religion, Torah, history, literature, culture, and spirituality, and able to clearly communicate this knowledge to adults and children of all ages and levels of knowledge.
  • Is an outstanding communicator, able to create and deliver sermons and teachings in a concise, passionate, meaningful, and relevant and educational way.
  • Is engaging and has a dynamic personality.  
  • Exhibits strong leadership skills.
  • Is friendly, personable, approachable, and able to relate well to people on different generations.
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to the State of Israel.  
  • Demonstrates the ability and willingness to work collaboratively as part of a team, and is inclusive of others for and in the best interest of the Synagogue.

 

COME BE OUR NEW RABBI!

Send your resume to the Rabbinical Assembly:  placement@rabbinicalassembly.org

Tue, November 21 2017 3 Kislev 5778