The Musician in Residence works under the supervision of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Cantorial department to engage our congregants through the tools of Jewish wisdom and informal music. This position will work collaboratively with WBT Clergy, Senior Staff, and School Administration to continuously create musical excellence in school, camp and synagogue programming and prayer experiences. The Musician in Residence works closely in the schools, teaching our students prayer, music, and infusing our school communities with spirit and Jewish wisdom. He/she encourages our students and their families to sing, learn, engage, and grow in their Jewish traditions. In coordination with the WBT Clergy, a successful Musician in Residence will create an epicenter of spirituality, prayers, community and experiential learning through the medium of music at Wilshire Boulevard Temple.
Early Childhood Center
Work hand in hand with ECC West Administration to uphold and infuse Jewish spirituality and experiential learning through music to engage the ECC community and connect to the WBT ritual experiences including the following:
Work with Cantor’s office and ECC educators to outline appropriate music
curriculum for ECC.
Provide a musical presence/anchor for parenting classes (Baby and Me classes)
Classroom music specialist for ECC classes.
Participate/plan, along with ECC educators and WBT Clergy, the ECC classroom Chanukah Parties, Shabbat Box Making event, classroom Passover Seders, Sukkot Socials, Havdalah get-togethers and Shabbat Family Jam experiences.
Coordinate with Charlie Kramer (Musician in Residence) to provide parallel ECC experiences on the Irmas (West) and Glazer (East) campuses.
Brawerman Elementary School West
Work with BES Director of Jewish Life and Learning and BES West Administration to uphold and infuse Jewish spirituality and experiential learning through music to engage the BES West community and connect to the WBT ritual experiences including the following:
Implement and design Music/Tefillah Curriculum in BES West in coordination with BES Director of Jewish Life and Learning, Judaic Educators, BES West Administration, and Cantor’s Office
Work with WBT Cantors and BES Director of Jewish Life and Learning, Judaic Educators, BES West Administration, to plan school services throughout the week and outline and oversee implementation of the Jewish tefillah curriculum for each grade level of BES West.
Lead tefillah on Mondays as designed by Musician in Residence, WBT Clergy, and BES Educators.
Lead tefillah for Friday Shabbat alongside WBT clergy.
Attend faculty meetings and Judaic Planning meetings including those with the BES Director of Jewish Life and Learning for limmud and all school holiday programs in order to work alongside school educators, BES West Administration, and WBT Clergy in fulfilling Judaic mission of the school.
Provides age appropriate music for teachers to play on the yard.
Additional teaching responsibilities as needed by BES Administration with approval from Cantor’s Office.
Coordinate with East Campus Musician in Residence to provide parallel BES experiences on the Irmas (West) and Glazer (East) campuses.
Work hand in hand with Religious School Administration to uphold and infuse Jewish spirituality and experiential learning through music to engage the RS community and connect to the WBT ritual experiences including the following:
Implement and design Music/Tefillah Curriculum in Religious School Sundays in coordination with Cantor’s office and Religious School leadership.
Attend appropriate staff meetings/faculty training as required by the Head of the RS.
Lead Sunday morning tefillah along with WBT Clergy
Lead/Coordinate Havdalah services 5-6 times per year for RS community
Lead/Coordinate with WBT Clergy and RS Administration, Friday Evening Religious School Kabbalat Shabbat (5 times per year)
Lead music and prayer at School Family Shabbaton
Lead music and prayer at The Religious School Students Shabbaton
Participate as musical leader in Religious School sleepover/relationships retreat
Lead Tashlich service alongside WBT clergy
Lead/Coordinate with WBT clergy and RS Administration High Holy Days (HHD) children’s services and activities
Additional teaching responsibilities as needed by RS Administration with approval from Cantor’s Office.
Coordinate with Charlie Kramer to provide parallel RS experiences on the Irmas (West) and Glazer (East) campuses.
Prayer and Music
Participate in Kabbalat Shabbat services in coordination with clergy team- up to 2 per month.
Lead Shabbat Family Service Saturday morning on the 4th Shabbat of each month.
Participate in up to 8 special services and events throughout the year, encouraging community participation through song and prayer.
Participate in HHD services in coordination with WBT clergy
Coordinate and oversee a Junior Youth Choir (K-2) in coordination with Cantor's Office.
TENTATIVE WEEKLY SCHEDULE (Not including days and times for various planning meetings described above)
Sunday: West Campus
o Teach/lead in Religious School 8am-1pm
Monday: West Campus
o 8am-3:30pm ECC and BES
Tuesdays: day off (different day off is negotiable)
Wednesday: West Campus
o 12:00 -3:30pm BES and RS 4-8:30 pm
Thursday: West Campus
o 8:00am-3:30pm in ECC and BES
Friday: West Campus
o 9am-3:30pm ECC and BES
Friday evening (Kabbalat Shabbat)
o Lead t’filot in coordination with Cantor’s Office 5:00pm-8:00 pm up to twice a month at Irmas Campus
Saturday Morning/Evening (dates TBD)
o Lead ECC Shabbat services once a month on Saturday (10am-12pm) Irmas Campus.
o Lead Havdalah services 5-6 times per year
Training and experience as a Jewish leadership professional at least 5-7 years.
Knowledge of guitar / piano / or other instrument to facilitate quality musical leadership, service leading, and teaching.
Ability to work with students and congregants of all ages
Strong knowledge of Jewish customs, traditions, and practices, as well as best practices for their integration into communal synagogue life.
Familiarity of both traditional and contemporary Jewish music
Expansive knowledge of grade level music and curriculum for day school, ECC and religious school settings.
Knowledge of stage and event production, including sound equipment, lighting design, video technology for streaming and digital/online learning platforms and spiritual experiences.
Ability to be flexible and creative, work as part of a team.
If possible with regard to scheduling, Musician in Residence may attend Hava Nashira, Songleader Boot Camp, Midwinter Retreat, URJ Biennial, and other appropriate Jewish Music and Education conferences, to bring back cutting edge Jewish music, programming and best practices to the WBT community.
Graduate Degree, preferred
5+ years of Jewish leadership experience
Strong formal Jewish education background
Strong professional references
Satisfactory background check
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