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Rabbi

Posted on January 25, 2024

Beth Shalom - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Conservative, Inclusive/Diverse, Traditional

We are looking for a Rabbi whose strength and passion is community building. We want to re-engage our current and past membership, and inspire and engage future membership. Our future rabbi will be a partner with our current leadership in building connections and relationships within and outside of our synagogue. We are counting on our new rabbi to inspire and reinvigorate leaders, assist with creating meaningful educational and social programming, and be well versed in ritual and spiritual Judaism. We see the top responsibility of the rabbi as inspiring the current and future generations of Beth Shalom’s lay leadership. Like many other synagogues, ours has been challenged by shifting priorities, post-covid realities, and rising expenses. We hope our new rabbi can work with us and help us rebuild our Beth Shalom family on the strong history and foundation we already have. Our rabbi enjoys a significant place both within shul leadership and in the wider Jewish and non-Jewish Edmonton communities. The Rabbi is an ex-officio member of the shul board and all board committees, and the leader of the day to day ritual and spiritual operations. The shul’s success and the Rabbi’s success are fully intertwined. The Rabbi is, in essence, the “face” of the shul. To that end, the rabbi plays a significant role in leading, inspiring and building the shul community both inside and outside the ritual, spiritual traditional rabbinic roles. We are seeking applicants who are passionate about community building, and can reach out and inspire the different demographics in a synagogue. While Beth Shalom has traditionally had Rabbis from within the USCJ Conservative movement, we recognize a wide variety of personal observances and remain interested in applicants from a variety of backgrounds. Strengths include: Community building, educational and social programming, and be well versed in ritual and spiritual Judaism. While Beth Shalom has traditionally had Rabbis from within the USCJ Conservative movement, we recognize a wide variety of personal observances and remain interested in applicants from a variety of backgrounds. We see the top responsibility of the rabbi as inspiring the current and future generations of Beth Shalom’s lay leadership. Like many other synagogues, ours has been challenged by shifting priorities, post-covid realities, and rising expenses. We hope our new rabbi can work with us and help us rebuild our Beth Shalom family on the strong history and foundation we already have. We have a tradition of a strong participatory congregation, with members usually leading the majority of the congregation. Shabbat morning services are relatively traditional, but participatory, with members taking on the majority of davening roles in the services. Now, in this post COVID world, we would like to re-invigorate our shul community, to increase participation (both within and out of our ritual services), particularly our younger families. Our intent is to be as inclusive as possible for interfaith families, although we are only starting to explore explicit ways to ensure we are doing this. Interfaith families are eligible for full membership at Beth Shalom and encouraged to participate in all our events, with some restrictions on what can or cannot be done ritually on the bimah. Our intent is to be as inclusive as possible, with no overt concerns or policies which would be seen as discriminatory against LGBT members. We have not had a LGBT wedding to date, but would not have any concern about a Rabbi participating in this. Special needs: We do have lifts and elevators in place for those who have difficulty using the stairs. We recently upgraded our sound system to ensure those with hearing difficulties are accommodated. Salary: $130,000–170,000 CAN. Please note that basic health services are provided at no expense in Canada, but the synagogue can offer a supplementary health insurance package. The synagogue does not have its own housing, but there is housing in the general area that previous Rabbis have used, which is nearby and comfortable. Full-time. Our current Rabbi will be completing his contract with us in the spring of 2024. Co-Chairs of Search Committee: Steven Katz (780) 991-0681, [email protected]    & Erica Solomon (780-257-6945), [email protected]. www.edmontonbethshalom.org.

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