Roles and Responsibilities of a future Rabbi
The Jewish Congregation of Venice (JCV) is a non-affiliated Jewish congregation located in a picturesque, wooded section of Venice, Florida. Venice is situated on the west coast of Florida, slightly south of Sarasota; it is consistently listed as one of the best places to live in the United States. The JCV is a place that embraces Jewish diversity and Jewish belonging. We are seeking a full-time Rabbi to begin July 1, 2019, after the retirement of our present Rabbi. We are searching for a dynamic Rabbi who will enrich the congregation through his/her personal experiences, knowledge, and background.
The JCV was founded in 1980 as a place to worship, socialize, and celebrate our Jewish tradition and values. Situated in a beautiful natural setting, the JCV campus includes a multipurpose building with a sanctuary that can accommodate over 300 worshippers, a social hall, and educational/conference rooms. Adjacent to it, a memorial park offers a beautiful place for burial, remembrance, meditation, and peace.
With approximately 300 members, the JCV is a microcosm of Jewish diversity. JCV members come from different religious approaches, different political philosophies, and different parts of the country and the world. We are warmly united by our common Jewishness. Membership is open to all Jewish and interfaith families in the area. The median age of our congregants is in the upper 60s.
The JCV ritual programs include weekly Friday evening Shabbat services, holiday services, and observances conducted by our Rabbi and Cantor. Weekly services are followed by an Oneg. Presently, reform prayer books are used. At least once a month, our choir and accompanist participate in our services. Special monthly family programs are focused on Jewish education. Presently, there is no formal religious school but children of all ages and their parents are welcome to experience activities related to Jewish holidays and events.
The JCV facility is in almost constant use. Programs sponsored by the Ritual Committee, JCV Sisterhood, JCV Adult Education, JCV Men’s Club, and JCV Reel Fun fill the monthly calendar. Social activities are an important aspect of daily life at the JCV as they bring members closer together. The Jewish Food Festival and Flea Market, a yearly event that takes place during the President’s Day weekend, brings thousands of residents of Venice and surrounding communities to the JCV to enjoy Jewish ethnic food and music.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Rabbi shall serve as the spiritual and moral leader of the JCV, collaborating with the Cantor, staff, and other lay leaders to meet the religious, educational, and pastoral needs of the JCV community. The successful Rabbi will demonstrate an outgoing personality and ability to creatively bring his/her thoughts, ideas, and strong Jewish values to the congregation.
Perform, with the Cantor, all religious celebrations and services throughout the year.
Officiate at life cycle events for members or immediate families.
Collaborate with the Ritual Committee in the decision-making process concerning Jewish observance.
Demonstrate expertise in reading and chanting from the Torah.
Provide outreach to assist members who are ill or in need of support or counseling.
Establish regular office hours at the JCV in order to meet and be available for congregants.
Be engaging and serve as a Rabbi for all members of the JCV.
Be a dynamic Jewish role model for the JCV community by inspiring congregants to enhance religious observance, perform mitzvot, and increase participation in synagogue activities and worship services.
Participate in long-range planning and other JCV initiatives.
Exhibit an active presence at JCV events.
Professionally represent the JCV in the greater Venice/North Port/Sarasota Jewish and interfaith communities.
Cultivate an atmosphere that embraces members of the JCV community.
Collaborate with lay leaders to enhance and build the membership of the JCV.
Participate in Board of Director meetings.
Attend appropriate committee and planning meetings.
Collaborate with JCV administrative staff, employees, and lay leaders.
Education and Learning
Establish and teach regular educational learning events for congregants.
Embrace Jewish diversity on the pulpit, at educational events, and while representing the JCV in the greater community.
Work jointly with the Cantor, families, and individuals for Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation and other life cycle events.
Affiliated and non-affiliated Rabbis from any denominational background are welcome to apply. The following are qualifications and characteristics we wish to see in our future Rabbi.
Ordination and/or post graduate training from a recognized accredited seminary.
Experience as a leader in a congregation.
Be knowledgeable and learned about “all things Jewish” while exhibiting a love and
passion for Judaism through skillful communication.
Possess the ability to engage congregants through inspiring sermons and learning.
Demonstrate moral and ethical habits that reflect Jewish values.
Exhibit compassion for the impact of life cycle events, the ill, and those in need.
Provide leadership and guidance in the administration and planning of a congregation.
Demonstrate strong collaborative and communication skills.
Acknowledge diversity while embracing individual differences and a variety of opinions.
Salary and Benefits
This is a full-time position with a salary and benefit package based upon qualification.
Rabbis should email the following to the Rabbinic Search Committee at email@example.com
A cover letter expressing why you are interested in this position and expressing why you feel you should be considered for this position.
A resume or CV.
Rabbis should submit applications no later than November 1, 2018. Qualified Rabbis will be provided a full job description and interviewed by the Rabbinic Search Committee.
Please direct questions or comments to the Rabbinic Search Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 941-484-2022.