Full Time

Engagement Rabbi or Cantor

Beth Tzedec Congregation 1700 Bathurst Street, Toronto ON

The Engagement Rabbi or Cantor will help our membership to embody our six core values, both as individuals and collectively as a community.  The central values that form the core of our Beth Tzedec community are Care, Connect, Learn, Pray, Celebrate and Give & Get.  

The Engagement Rabbi or Cantor will join our Spiritual Leadership Team and work collaboratively with our Rabbis, Steven Wernick and Robyn Fryer Bodzin, and our dynamic team of professionals and lay leaders to build the next generation of Beth Tzedec Congregation.   

Beth Tzedec Congregation, established in 1955, is a thriving Conservative community located in Toronto that has a membership of four thousand people. Through new membership initiatives our congregation has grown by fifteen percent in the last year.  This has created an opportunity to grow the Spiritual Leadership Team to meet the needs of our rapidly expanding community. This role is designed for a Rabbi or Cantor that is interested in leading our team in innovative ways to engage and practice our six core values with a sub-community of more than 800 households of adults 18-40-year-olds, and their families, thus inspiring and enabling the next generation of Beth Tzedec members to live meaningful Jewish lives.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Developing the strategy and personal relationships with the sub-community above, and connecting these members with each other and Beth Tzedec’s spiritual and lay leadership.
  • Be the first point of contact for the pastoral needs of Beth Tzedec’s teens, youth, and families, and ensure these needs are met as they arise.
  • Using community organizing skills to develop personal relationships within this cohort.
  • Serving as an inspiring dugma (exemplar) to living a meaningful Jewish life and creating a network of participants and volunteers to further deepen the Jewish experiences offered and planned by Beth Tzedec.
  • Being the spiritual and administrative lead for family programming, youth activities and young adult programs that provide opportunities for this generation to engage in prayer, learning, and connection.    
  • Creating, improving, implementing, and evaluating regular religious (Shabbat and Holiday), educational, and cultural programs and experiences for families.
  • Working with members of our Spiritual Leadership Team to guide this cohort through lifecycle events, celebrating alongside members, learning with them and engaging them in meaningful experiences. 
  • Leading the Congregational Elementary Education and Bar/Bat Mitzvah programs. 
  • Mentoring, coaching, and supervising teen and youth engagement staff and volunteers, including the Shinshinim (Israel Emissaries).
  • Supporting lay committees.
  • Developing and maintaining budgets to achieve programmatic objectives.
  • Coordinating with staff and lay leaders to devise strategic action plans to support, measure, evaluate, and promote teen, youth, and family engagement around Beth Tzedec’s vision, mission, values, and goals.
  • Establishing close ties with partner organizations and people.
  • Participating in social justice programs that benefit communities in Canada, Israel and around the world, and connecting families and young adults to initiatives and work that helps them engage in Tikkun Olam.
  • Other responsibilities may arise and are mutually agreed to.

Specific Competencies: 

  • Jewish living dugma, role model, according to the practices of Conservative Judaism as defined by the Senior Rabbi.  
  • Relational – is able to engage and relate to other people in an authentic, empathetic and meaningful way.  
  • Community-based organizing skills.  
  • Collaborative – is a team player and is capable to build lay and professional teams around affinity interests and passions of community members.  
  • Self-starter – is able to take a set of goals and metrics and design and implement their own plan to achieve them.  
  • Excellent written and oral communicator.  
  • Competent social media skills so that they are able to engage people via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.  
  • Master teacher with deep knowledge of Jewish religious texts, practices, life-cycle and prayer to be able to teach, lead and participate in religious, educational, and cultural programming.  
  • Data driven – is able to record key facts and information about relationships into our database and sort and analyze that data for increased excellence and growth of the program and its impact on participants.  
  • Able to work evenings, Shabbat, holidays and weekends.  
  • Willing to travel to visit elementary and high schools and college campuses and engage students in those environments.  

Qualifications: 

• Ordination from a recognized Seminary.  

• Certificate or equivalent in Community-Based Organizing preferred.  

• Masters Degree in Education preferred.  

• Two (2) years experience in a congregational setting or related field.

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Start Date: July 1, 2023 (Negotiable)         

Compensation: $125,000-$150,000 CD plus benefits. (Healthcare is a right and provided by the government!)

Contact: BTSearch@beth-tzedec.org for more information and to submit your resume for consideration.  Material should be addressed to Sherri Storm and Leah Mauer, Co-Chairs Engagement Rabbi/Cantor Search Committee.

We look forward to meeting you!