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Senior Rabbi Job Description

Shaarei Shomayim Congregation is seeking a dynamic Senior Rabbi to inspire and lead its community of 650 families. 
Our shul was established over 90 years ago and is one of Canada’s largest modern orthodox synagogues. Roughly 40% of the congregation is under the age of 41 with this demographic having grown by 61% over the past 10 years. On regular Shabbat mornings, a throng of strollers is parked outside of the shul, while inside there are three well-attended minyanim, vibrant teen and youth programming, and pre and post-davening shiurim. 

Religious Zionism is a core tenet of the Shaarei Shomayim community and we expect the successful candidate will share the membership’s love and dedication to Medinat Yisrael. This dedication is reflected in our educational programming,Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha'Atzmaut observances, and through our young members who spend a year in Israel post-high school, serve in the IDF, and make aliyah.  

The shul is committed to furthering the participation of all of its constituents in the shul’s religious and educational life. We are particularly proud of the expanding role of women within our community which we have actively encouraged. This includes, for example, high level shiurim taught by women, readings of all five Megillot each year led by and for women, and service on our Board and Executive which is currently led by its third female president.  

Our community consists of members to whom modern orthodox affiliation, Jewish continuity, and halakhic observance are priorities. Accomplished community leaders, Jewish educators and scholars punctuate our membership contributing to its vibrancy. Working in partnership with the Senior Rabbi, our lay led congregation is dedicated to sustaining an environment that fosters and encourages Jewish learning, Jewish observance, and acts of kindness. Shaarei Shomayim has established, and seeks to continuously enhance, a warm, welcoming culture in which a wide range of members can feel comfortable. One expression of that culture is the high level of volunteerism both for shul-focused needs and active involvement in chessed initiatives within the broader community. 

We are looking for an energetic Senior Rabbi who will lead our community to continued growth through engaging programming and inspiring sermons, and who has an interest in interacting with the broader Toronto Jewish community. The successful candidate should have the ability to connect with members of all ages, life circumstances, and backgrounds, to form meaningful relationships and to provide pastoral care. As well, we are looking for someone who will think creatively and strategically to help us accelerate the return of our community to the same level of vigor and vitality that it enjoyed immediately prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Candidates must have at least five years of Rabbinical experience. They must be eligible for membership in the Rabbinical Council of America, and be ready to work effectively with a team of clergy that includes an Assistant Rabbi, Rabbinic Intern, Chazzan and the Rabbi of the concurrent Shabbat minyan. Our diverse membership reflects different backgrounds, and it is essential for the Rabbi to be able to relate to, and teach people with, varied levels of Judaic education across a range of Torah topics. We are looking for an inspiring, articulate speaker who will encourage intellectual, spiritual and religious growth through his sermons and shiurim. The Rabbi must be a self-confident posek, but with the humility to seek guidance when necessary. He should be approachable, empathetic, open, aware of the wider culture, and engaging, so that he can serve as an effective pastoral counselor and connect with our members. 

A generous compensation package commensurate with experience will be offered.

Job requirements:

  • Attending daily minyanim
  • Delivering sermons on Shabbat and Yom Tov 
  • Delivering a range of shiurim in varied formats, including accessibly-presented high-level Gemara shiurim and shiurim that engage a broad range of participants
  • Serving as a Posek 
  • Officiating life-cycle events 
  • Acting as a pastoral counselor to members 
  • Working with lay leadership to support shul programs and operations generally 
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with members
  • Collaborating with other shuls and Jewish organizations in the community 
  • Supporting community lead fund raising efforts
  • Competence with conversational Hebrew is desirable
  • This is a full-time position, with salary and benefits

Interested candidates should refer to the posting on www.jcareersrabbinics.org and apply through the RIETS/RCA/OU website, or call or email Rabbi Ronald L. Schwarzberg at 646-592-4351 or rschwarz@yu.edu for more information on the application process.

Member inquiries or comments may be directed to searchcommittee@shomayim.org.

Sat, 18 September 2021 12 Tishrei 5782