Rabbi Search Information

Rabbi/Cantor Anne Heath is retiring at the end of May 2020 from her beloved Agudath Achim, after seventeen years serving our community.  She will leave behind a small, vibrant, committed congregation of learners and  spiritual seekers.   Agudath Achim is especially committed to engaging each and every member, no matter the religious background.  The membership is deeply respectful of difference and welcomes everyone.

For a detailed position description, please continue reading. 

Click 2019 12 05 Congregation Agudath Achim Rabbi Position Description for a PDF of the same information presented below.

Congregation Agudath Achim is a welcoming, inclusive, progressive, non-affiliated synagogue located in Taunton, Massachusetts at the intersection between Boston and Providence, RI. Our small progressive congregation, whose members come from a broad spectrum of Jewish backgrounds, welcome and celebrate where each individual is along their spiritual path. We are a ‘family of friends’ who value community, family and chavurah.

We are looking for a full time Rabbi or Cantor to serve the religious, spiritual, educational, and emotional needs of the congregation and sometimes the larger community with inspirational leadership. Someone with acceptance of interfaith and same sex couples in all aspects of Jewish life, including weddings, b’nai mitzvah, funerals and other life events. Someone with experience working collaboratively with lay leadership. The Rabbi will be instrumental in shaping and modeling the congregation’s religious and spiritual values for congregants and for the community.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Rituals

  • Lead services
    • Saturday morning services with Torah reading
    • Shabbat Rishona childrens service 1st Saturday of month
    • High Holidays with cantorial soloist
    • Holidays (Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Hanukkah, Purim, Pesach, Shavout)
  • Offer a sermon/teaching of current Torah reading/discussion of Torah reading
  • Coordinate participation in weekly services
  • Plan High Holiday services including coordination with cantorial soloist/musical accompaniment (The congregation also hires a High Holy Day cantor/cantorial soloist, the incumbent has served the congregation for over 12 years)
  • Lead, through the cantorial soloist, musicians, and choir, the congregation’s ongoing and engaged exploration of religious and spiritual musical expression and foster a high standard of music in our services and activities
  • Support the development and instruction of lay leaders to lead additional services
  • Conduct life cycle rituals (birth/naming/brit, funerals, b’nai mitzvah, weddings, conversion)
  • Hanukkah lighting of the Menorah on Taunton Green
  • Set policy and supervise Kashrut standards for the synagogue and its kitchen facilities, in collaboration with the religious practices committee

Education

  • Principal of religious school including developing curriculum for pre-school through B’nai Mitzvah and high school/madrichim with social action emphasis
  • Supervision of religious school faculty members
  • Provide general oversight of b’nai mitzvah program, including classroom lessons, private tutoring, support and counseling for our b’nai mitzvah students and families
  • Provide adult education programs based on membership requests
  • Educate members and community on history, culture, custom, Torah, Israel, religion, spirituality, and other aspects of Jewish life
  • Personal professional development. Attend workshops, classes, and training for professional development
  • Develop and coordinate family educational and holiday programs
  • Serve on Religious Practices committee, guiding the decision-making process and monitor agreed upon practices and addressing questions of a practical, spiritual and/or social nature

Pastoral and Outreach

  • Bikkur Holim- care of the sick, including visiting Jewish residents of local nursing or assisted living facilities and those hospitalized
  • Offer support and counseling in pre-marital, marital, divorce, mourning and other life cycle circumstances. Be available, as is practical, during reasonable office hours, for consultation
  • Attend shiva and/or ensure attendance of lay leaders
  • Create sense of community within the congregation and in the broader community; encourage inter-Judaic and inter-faith respect and understanding for Judaism
  • Attend meetings and participate in events of various community and Jewish organizations
  • Member of Greater Taunton Clergy Association, Massachusetts Board of Rabbis

Administrative/Communication

  • Attend monthly Board of Directors meeting, provide monthly report of rabbinical activities
  • Attend appropriate community meetings as rabbinical representative of congregation
  • Manage significant sections of monthly newsletter, website, Facebook page
  • Participate in fundraising activities for the congregation
  • Meet with prospective members and ensure they are warmly welcomed into the community; encourage members to play an active role

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Compassionate, accepting of diversity, warmth, energetic, creative
  • Ability to interpret Judaism in meaningful and relevant ways
  • Openness to all, including interfaith families, LGBTQ individuals, people with special needs
  • Ability to foster a sense of community within membership
  • Passion for education
  • Desire to engage community, hands on attitude in continuing to grow our congregation

WHO WE ARE

Congregation Agudath Achim is an independent, progressive community synagogue founded over 100 years ago by primarily Russian immigrants. We are proud of our diverse, eclectic and welcoming community where we celebrate the many individual Jewish traditions which contribute to making our synagogue a true family.

Our synagogue is in the town of Taunton, Massachusetts. Our community includes the towns of Taunton, Raynham, Lakeville, Norton, Easton, Middleboro, Mansfield, Dighton, Rehoboth, Freetown, Bridgewater, and Berkley. We are located approximately 50 miles south of Boston and 20 miles east of Providence, RI and 30 miles northwest of Cape Cod.

Our members come from a wide variety of Jewish tradition, primarily Reform but many from Conservative, inter-faith and secular backgrounds. While our founders included almost exclusively Russian immigrants, we now celebrate the diversity of our community which includes families from Portugal, Honduras, Ukraine and Israel.

CONTACT INFORMATION

 Qualified, interested candidates should contact Mija Almeida, search committee member and past chairperson of our board of directors, at mbalmeida @ aol.com

Prospective candidates must be ordained/invested by a recognized Jewish seminary