Reform/Liberal/Egalitarian Rabbi and Educator

Begins: July 1, 2017

The American Hebrew Academy is seeking a vibrant, engaging, and qualified Reform, Liberal, or Egalitarian rabbi and educator with a passion for high school teaching and community leadership in a pluralistic setting. Most importantly, he/she will be a Jewish role model for the students, and will be expected to live on campus, and take a substantial leadership role in our unique Jewish community. Ability to instruct students of diverse cultural, ethnic and Jewish backgrounds and work within the Jewish Life team is essential.

Religious Life on Campus

The American Hebrew Academy seeks to create a community rich with Jewish tradition, culture, and lifestyle. Pluralism at the Academy supports different paths to a fully Jewish life, and rabbis and lay leaders of all Jewish backgrounds collaborate to introduce students to a wide range of prayer and practice. Each student should share in an active effort to engage in Jewish tradition – intellectually, emotionally, behaviorally, and spiritually – so as to find ever developing and expanding ways to integrate his/her Jewish heritage into their lives. Our goal at the Academy is to provide academic enrichment and Jewish Life programming that allows students to explore and find the Jewish path that is most fulfilling to them. Academy students should understand all the voices of Judaism. The mission of the Academy is to graduate Global Jewish leaders who are proud of their heritage and who seek to strengthen the future of the Jewish people around the world.

Position within the Organization

This is a full time ten-month position reporting to the Deans of Jewish Life for matters concerning minyan leadership and other rabbinic responsibilities on campus. For classroom matters, the Reform rabbi will report to the Dean of Jewish Studies, and for residential responsibilities, to the Dean of Student Life. The academic year is approximately 10 months including interim holidays and a two-month summer recess.

Major Responsibilities

  • Create a warm and inviting atmosphere for students on Shabbat and the chagim.
  • Teach Jewish Studies courses appropriate to the background of the candidate.
  • Ability to teach Rabbinics courses is highly desirable. Teachers of Rabbinics courses work with a common source book which includes texts from traditional and modern sources.
  • Teach in the Jewish Life Skills Program (t’fillah and advanced topics).
  • Work closely with the Jewish Studies faculty to coordinate and assist with curricular improvement and projects as a full faculty member.
  • Lead engaging and meaningful Reform Shabbat and weekday morning t’fillot (two days a week) with the assistance of students and other lay faculty members.
  • Music, both instrumental and vocal, is a significant part of the Academy’s Reform minyan tradition. Musical ability is highly desirable.
  • Create an atmosphere that is welcoming to students from all backgrounds, and represents the ideals and vision of liberal Judaism.
  • Work under the supervision of the Dean of Jewish Life and with minyan leaders to bring formal and informal Jewish programming both in and outside of the classroom.
  • Continue strengthening our relationship with the local Reform synagogue and community.

Educational Background and Experience

  • Rabbinic ordination from the Reform, Liberal, Reconstructionist, or Egalitarian schools desired but not necessary. Equivalent or similar experience will be considered.
  • Demonstrable aptitude for teaching at the high school level, ideally in a Jewish day school.
  • Extensive experience in Jewish residential camp settings (or equivalent).
  • Ability to energize teens to engage in the vitality of Jewish life on campus and elsewhere.
  • Understand and respect the many views voiced by all denominations within Jewish tradition.

Salary and Benefits

Salary: commensurate with credentials and experience - this position includes housing and dining privileges for employee and family members.

The Academy offers competitive salaries and benefits commensurate with the candidates’ qualifications, credentials and level of experience. A paid summer recess is provided together with other paid holidays and personal leave throughout the academic year. The rabbi is expected to be present on campus for all Jewish Life programs including weekly Shabbatot and Jewish holidays when school is in session and students are in residence. The Academy is closed to students for Thanksgiving break, Winter break, Pesach break and summer recess. The Academy provides a kosher dining facility, a health insurance plan, life insurance plan, dental insurance plan and TIAA-CREF retirement plan. Additional optional insurance plans for extended coverages are also available at additional costs.

Statement of Employment Policy

Discrimination based on an individual’s sex (including gender or pregnancy), race, color, national origin, veteran status, age, disability, sexual orientation or other legally protected status is strictly prohibited at the American Hebrew Academy.

The above position statement is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.

To apply please contact:

Human Resources

American Hebrew Academy
4334 Hobbs Road
Greensboro, NC 27410

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American Hebrew Academy
4334 Hobbs Road
Greensboro, NC 27410
Fax: (336) 217-7011

The American Hebrew Academy offers a competitive salary and benefits.

The American Hebrew Academy is an equal opportunity employer.

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