The Cantor is Temple Beth El’s Sheliach Tzibbur and participates in all rites and services with the leadership of our Rabbi. The Cantor is the congregation’s leader and advisor in all matters affecting the Jewish musical activities of the synagogue. Our congregational objective is to strengthen Jewish identity and engagement in Jewish life by fostering a lifelong love of Jewish spirituality, ritual, and music; generating greater participation and Kavanah in religious services and synagogue programs; strengthening relationships between clergy and congregants; and building future generations of committed Jews.
KEY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Conduct TBE’s Religious Services
o Team with the Rabbi to develop and implement a variety of service styles that encourage congregational participation and spirituality
o Introduce innovative and varied musical content that engages the congregation
o Engage congregants in planning and executing religious services
o Attend morning Minyan service regularly
Lead TBE’s Musical Programming
o Promote Jewish music within our congregation and our community
o Plan, promote and schedule TBE concerts and other music-related events
o Prepare and manage the budget for TBE’s musical activities
Fulfill Pastoral Responsibilities
o In coordination with the Rabbi officiate at life cycle events
o In coordination with the Rabbi provide pastoral support to congregants and others
o Conduct engagement activities regularly that strengthen the connections between individual congregants and synagogue, clergy, and each other
Advance TBE’s Educational Mission
o Lead the synagogue’s B’Nai Mitzvah program, including preparation of teaching materials; recruitment and supervision of tutors; training of the students including conducting lessons; and management of the process. The goals are to ensure that the student (a) is well-prepared in the ritual aspects of the event, consistent with the student’s capabilities; (b) experiences positive feelings during the service and retains those positive feelings thereafter; (c) continues his or her involvement in Judaism and TBE after the event; and (d) develops a strong and meaningful relationship with the Cantor.
o Collaborate with the Rabbi, Director of Education and Lay Leadership to refine the curriculum for synagogue skills and prayer skills
o Develop positive relationships with students through active participation in Religious School activities such as music programs and tefillah.
o Participate in adult education programs, as time permits
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Musical and Liturgical
o Vocal ability to inspire congregants through musical prayer and encourage participation
o Broad knowledge of liturgical and secular musical styles
o Instrumental skills are advantageous but not essential
o Extensive understanding of the Conservative liturgy and practices
o Model of Conservative religious values including observing kashrut in the home, although strict Shomer Shabbat is not required
o Ability to read Torah is advantageous but not essential
o A willing and adroit team player with fellow professionals, staff and volunteers
o Willingness and ability to cultivate strong positive relationships throughout a diverse congregational community
o Willingness and ability to cultivate strong positive relationships with congregational children and teens
o Ability to teach children and teens in both group and one-on-one settings
o Conversational Hebrew skills are advantageous but not essential
BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON TEMPLE BETH EL
Temple Beth El is a 530-member unit egalitarian Conservative synagogue in Stamford CT (35 miles from NYC), led for the past 30+ years by Rabbi Joshua Hammerman. We believe that great and engaging music is one of the most effective ways to build spirituality and community engagement. Our religious services - frequently with musical instruments and supplemental guest musicians - blend traditional and renewal styles. Our programming focuses on education, community service and social action. Our membership is highly diverse in may ways including age, life cycle, financial resources, sexual orientation, interfaith, etc. Our members are highly engaged, with over half of them volunteering at TBE in some capacity during the year. We are heavily involved in local interfaith activities. TBE is financially stable and increasing in membership.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON STAMFORD CT
Stamford CT is a small and growing city (population 130,000) and the engine of the state's economic growth. The city is remarkably diverse - economically, racially, national origin, etc. Stamford residents enjoy an active cultural scene including museums, professional and community theaters, music venues, parks (both shoreline and rural), etc. Stamford is about 35 miles from NYC with easy access via highways and public transportation.
Stamford's Jewish community is large, growing and very active. Local Jewish institutions include 4 major synagogues plus Chabad, JCC, Schoke Jewish Family Services, Federation, Bicultural Hebrew Academy (pre-K through 12), Carmel Academy (K-8), Jewish Historical Society, kosher restaurants, etc.