Rabbinic Search Job Description

The Woodstock Jewish Congregation, Kehillat Lev Shalem, seeks a full-time Rabbi to lead our congregation. As our spiritual leader, there will be no area of synagogue life that is not the Rabbi’s concern. The ideal candidate will have experience leading Shabbat and holiday observances, providing pastoral care, and teaching both adults and children.

For over 30 years we have been led by Rabbi Jonathan Kligler, a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Rabbi Jonathan will be reducing his hours to part time as he moves toward retirement. The new Rabbi will work closely with Rabbi Jonathan, who will continue to take part in High Holy Day services, as well as other
services and activities when possible. The Board of Directors and the congregation are committed to supporting the new Rabbi in every way possible as the new Rabbi takes on leadership. The new Rabbi and Rabbi Jonathan will work flexibly as colleagues in order to ensure the new Rabbi’s success. Each Rabbi will report to the Board of Directors.

We are a musical congregation. As we do not have a cantor, the Rabbi is responsible for incorporating participatory music into our services, including harnessing the musical talents of our congregants.

We are a welcoming community. The Rabbi must be skilled at making all who enter our building feel loved and welcomed. The Rabbi should also be skilled at outreach, both to our members and to the wider community.

We are an innovative, socially conscious community. The Rabbi should seek to develop new ways to engage our congregation in the study, practice, and love of Judaism. The Rabbi should also help guide our efforts toward Tikkun Olam.

The Woodstock Jewish Congregation is a vibrant, thriving, regional congregation located in the beautiful Mid-Hudson Valley of New York State, two hours north of New York City. With over 300 membership units, we are the largest synagogue in the area. We are unaffiliated and egalitarian; we draw from all streams of Jewish practice. Our building, built in 2006, sits on 35 acres of mostly wooded land. We are financially stable with no debt and adequate financial reserves. We have a small, dedicated staff and an active volunteer base.

Total compensation, including benefits, of $100,000 to $140,000, commensurate with skills and experience. Send a letter of interest and resume to our Search Committee at rabbisearch@wjcshul.org.