Rabbi @ The New Shul


The New Shul (TNS) is a progressive, non-affiliated Jewish synagogue, seeking to hire a Rabbi. Only 20 years old, we are centered in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. The TNS community values diversity, spirituality, faith, and public service. Religious services are marked by our Congregations’s questioning and participation, and by music. TNS, at 100+ households, offers dynamic holiday and shabbat ceremonies, adult and youth education, life-cycle celebrations, service projects, and other food-centric, music, and salon-style events. It’s an incredibly exciting time to be joining us. Our membership is strong; our offerings are vibrant and valued. We are poised to share our tremendous capacity for innovative spirituality and community work with an ever-widening audience.

TNS seeks a versatile, and inspirational leader to guide our vibrant Congregation. We are unaffiliated; this offers the Rabbi freedom to create a unique Jewish experience, one which deepens our respective and collective spiritual journeys. Adaptability is essential as the Rabbi attends to our educational, communal and emotional needs and also acts as a liaison to the larger Jewish community. The Rabbi reports to TNS’ Va’ad (Board of Trustees). This position is that of the synagogue's sole, full-time Rabbi.

Bimah and Pastoral Duties
• Lead all services including for High Holy Days, Kabbalat Shabbat, Shabbat morning, and other Holidays
• Provide spiritual and emotional support to members
• Write and send a weekly Shabbat message to the congregation

Education: Hebrew School, B’nai Mitzvah, Adult Education, and Conversion Instruction
• Oversee the design of Hebrew School curriculum and liaise with the TNS Director of Education
• Teach special Community Learning - Hebrew School lessons
• Prepare students (including adults) for b’nai mitzvah
• Function as core Rabbi for all B’nai Mitzvot services; coordinating music, activities, support staff
• Guide conversion candidates through entire process
• Develop and lead a regular adult education program
• Provide intergenerational educational programs for the general congregation

Lifecycle Duties
• Officiate at simchot (weddings, brises, b’nai mitzvah, etc.)
• Officiate at funerals and provide bikkur cholim, shiva and bereavement support for community members

Synagogue Outreach, Membership Development and Fundraising
• Grow TNS’ membership by creating an inviting atmosphere for new families, including interfaith and non-practicing community members
• Be involved in fundraising strategy development and planning; and participate in fundraising efforts in conjunction with Executive Director, Executive Committee, and Va’ad.

Community Relationships
• Encourage a sense of community within the congregation
• Develop innovative ideas for community events, including Tikkun Olam
• Be the lead voice in programming for TNS

• Contribute to website, newsletter, and regular communication with community
• Serve as Ambassador for TNS in the community at large
• Foster respectful relationships with other local religious organizations
• Attend or officiate TNS events

Administrative Duties
• In collaboration with the Executive Director and the Finance Committee of the Va’ad, participate in budget development and oversight
• Meet with the Executive Director weekly to review programming and any administrative functions issues
• Meet with the Executive Committee monthly, to review any/all administrative issues
• Attend the quarterly (and any ad hoc) Va’ad meetings, and prepare the Rabbi’s report

The successful candidate will demonstrate:
• Rabbinical ordination from an accredited program/seminary
o Pluralistic or non-denominational training is a plus
• Congregational experience is a plus, but recent graduates with relevant skills will be considered — we are looking for a leader who will grow with us
• Commitment to innovative spiritual leadership and creative programming
• High personal, ethical, and professional standards
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills
• Outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills
• Grace and humor, under pressure
• Computer proficiency (social media skills are a plus)
• Music Director skills a definite plus (but by no means a must)

Executive compensation and perquisites package specific to the selected candidate

Application Instructions

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits:
  • Preferred Experience: Unspecified
  • Preferred Degree: Rabbinical
  • Job Posted: 2020-01-09
  • Times this job has been viewed: 1094 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Rabbi
  • Organization Type: Synagogue
Job Location
The New Shul
12 W 12 St.
New York , New York 10011


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