Associate/Assistant Rabbi

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) is seeking a full-time Associate/Assistant Rabbi/Educator/Director of Life Long Learning to begin in July/August of 2022.

The Associate/Assistant Rabbi serves as the director of lifelong learning at CBST and as such is responsible for the programming and education for our children, teens and adults. The Associate/Assistant Rabbi is an integral part of the clergy team at CBST, and participates in the ritual and pastoral life of the synagogue in partnership with the senior rabbi and other clergy in creating holiness and sacred space and time.

Rabbi Yael Rooks Rapport (HUC-JIR, 2015) has served as Assistant/Associate Rabbi since 2016. Previously, Rabbi Rachel Weiss (RRC, 2009), Rabbi Ayelet Cohen (JTS, 2002) and Rabbi Roderick Young (HUC-JIR, 1999) have served in this capacity.

Our Educational Mission

CBST is committed to providing a dynamic, inclusive, and multifaceted Jewish education program for our children and their families. Our program builds and strengthens a contemporary, learned, relevant, ethical, and deeply rooted sense of Yiddishkeit (Jewish culture and identity) through learning and doing: the study and practice of Torah, social justice, liturgy, Hebrew, music, and the arts.

Brief Description

We are currently looking for someone with passion and dedication to take our program to the next level — an individual who is creative and innovative, and passionate about working with children. Preference will be given to candidates with at least 3-5 years experience with learners of all ages, and especially families with children and with education course work or a degree. CPE training is encouraged. 

The Associate/Assistant Rabbi position will include the following responsibilities:

  • Organize and lead all High Holy Day services, Shabbat and yamim tovim services for families with children.
  • Organize, teach and supervise all educational programs for families with children, Teen Track and college students.
  • Supervise the Principal of Limmud B’shabbat.
  • Serve as the primary rabbi for all pastoral needs of families with children. 
  • Develop outreach and new programming for families with children, Teen Track and college students.
  • Provide general pastoral counseling (including working with members who are dealing with coming out issues, Aging issues, Queer issues, being LGBTQ+ and Jewish, aging parents, parenting, spiritual crisis, AIDS and other illnesses and related issues, and gender identity issues).
  • Direct, program and teach in the Lehrhaus Judaica, (our adult education program), including our adult b’mitzvah program.
  • Perform lifecycle rituals, (baby namings, conversions, funerals, kiddushin, divorce/separation, adult and young adult b’mitzvah and creative new rituals).
  • Represent CBST in the broader community.
  • Assist in the supervision of Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Interns.
  • The Assistant Rabbi role will also include some pulpit responsibilities.

The Assistant Rabbi/Associate Rabbi will work closely under the supervision and mentoring of Rabbi Kleinbaum.

Applicants are welcome from any of the Jewish movements. All are welcome to apply regardless of gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation. Cultural competency in things Jewish/LGBTQ+ is important.

Expectations

Spiritual maturity; deeply Jewishly literate; creative and innovative; attention to detail; flexible; high level of integrity and trust; compassionate and caring; works well under pressure; excellent time management skills; computer competency.

Salary Range

$100k-$110k. Position includes full health insurance, pension, and professional development budget.

Please send a cover letter and resume to Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum at assistantrabbisearch@cbst.org by January 10, 2022/8 Shevat 5782.

For more information about CBST, please read Changing Lives, Making History: Congregation Beit Simchat Torah: The First Forty Years by Rabbi Ayelet Cohen, and review this website.