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August 2014

Makom Shalom is 21 years old and the only Jewish Renewal congregation in Chicago. We are seeking a spiritual leader, working with us part-time, to inspire and creatively lead our community into a new chapter. The hallmark of our congregation is the focus on the desire to deepen our spiritual relationship with God and humanity within the context of our shared Jewish heritage. Uniquely warm and intimate, our members possess a deep commitment to our congregation and caring for one another.  

Our services and activities are accessible to everyone regardless of their knowledge of Judaism or Hebrew and we are deeply committed to welcoming interfaith families. We embrace practices, teaching and wisdom from all traditions and are inclusive of all people who want to join us regardless of their religious traditions or background, race, age, sexual orientation and gender.

Our congregation treasures attention to kavannah, giving meaning and intention to all our prayers and congregational experiences. Readings, viewed from every aspect reveal new meaning and relevance each time they are uttered. Services and other spiritual activities are participatory and experiential, generally including movement, music and meditation with original readings woven into the fabric of our experience. We love to sing and dance; most services find the congregation singing and dancing to contemporary interpretations of traditional prayers, chants and melodies.

We are also a congregation of many talented lay leaders who teach and nourish our souls through music, study and social action; Makom has a deep commitment to social justice work.

Our new spiritual leader will be excited about the possibility of growing our congregation (currently 35 households), and in order to facilitate this part of her/his Makom activities the successful candidate will live in Chicago or the surrounding suburbs. We are looking for someone who is grounded in Jewish tradition and is also dedicated to creating spiritual experiences relevant and resonant with our lives and times.

Primary Job Duties would include (as permitted by the limits of a part time position):

  • Create and Lead compelling, relevant and meaningful Shabbat services, High Holy Day Services, and other holiday services intertwining music, meaningful teachings and drashot. Services should be accessible to all regardless of their knowledge of Hebrew and Jewish traditions.

  • Lead important life-cycle events for congregants

    Build and grow our community
  • Encourage, support and help create a Jewish education program for children and adults

  • Encourage and support lay leadership

  • Openly communicate and work in cooperation with the Board

  • Be available for congregational support and spiritual counseling as hours allow

Requirements

  • Must live in the city of Chicago or in the surrounding suburbs (or be willing to relocate here)
  • Must have completed a formal Jewish program of education
  • Must have ability and desire to build community and membership
  •  Must have an openness to interfaith and same sex partnerships as well as openness to diverse cultural backgrounds

  • Must be willing to perform interfaith and same-sex weddings
  • Must have a strong commitment to social justice work
  • Lead participatory, contemporary and accessible services which would probably include music as an important piece of prayer and worship
  • Familiarity with Jewish renewal movement and teaching
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Knowledge of progressive liturgy

Preferred

  • Rabbinic Ordination
  • Someone who is musically inclined
  • Counseling skills and experience; pastoral training preferred

To express interest in this position, please send an email to makomsearch@gmail.com. Include your resume and a cover letter. Please tell us why you think you are a good candidate and how you heard about this position.

Many thanks and Shalom,

Makom Shalom -- The Community

 

 


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