RABBI / CHAZZAN / MUSIC DIRECTOR
FULL TIME POSITION
We help people live Jewishly in order to make meaning, change lives and invest in the world.
What Makes Us, Us (Values + Culture):
- We believe Torah is the heart of everything we do and it is our job to translate it into the here and now.
- We believe in experiments and seeking out new and even unconventional ways to do Jewish.
- We believe that experiences grow intimacy, expression and commitment.
- We believe Jewish life is not who you are but what you are willing to do.
State of the Union:
At almost seven years old, The Kitchen has grown from a series of ideas and a few like-minded people into a robust community. We host 300 member households and hundreds of Kitchen-ites (non-member participants). We get together multiple times a week for learning, eating, praying, and service in locations across San Francisco. We are emerging a new and key partnership with GLIDE Memorial Church, a prominent social justice center in the Tenderloin and we are newly focused on building small communities and lateral connections amongst Kitchen-ites. We have always worked to provide Torah that is compelling and relevant in immersive, well designed experiences, and now want to bring that work more fully to our members and to a larger group of people.
What We Need to Succeed:
We are focused on keeping up with the increase in demand without sacrificing the quality of personal relationships. In order to do this we will broaden and deepen the staff and rabbinic support systems that root the Kitchen and grow lateral connections between Kitchen-ites. We will increase our senior team as follows:
Senior Team Breakdown:
Rabbi / Chazzan:
This position will partner with the Founding Rabbi Noa Kushner in the overall work of growing The Kitchen in range, complexity, and depth. This role will include conceptualizing the larger trajectory of the community, forming institutional responses in key moments, and cultivating leaders of all stripes. In addition, significantly, this Rabbi would be responsible for musically developing our beloved approach to prayer and the transformation that arises from it. Pastoral work will be a key piece of this role, both in developing relationships and in creating informal curricula for in the years surrounding life cycles such as conversion and b’nai mitzvah. Finally, this Rabbi will be a key teacher within the newly imagined family education system, as well as in spiritual fitness (adult education) offerings, and on the bimah. (Compete job description below)*
Founding Rabbi (Noa Kushner):
This role will include setting The Kitchen’s overall strategy, conceptualizing the larger trajectory of the community, forming institutional responses in key political moments, and building relationships / cultivating leaders of all stripes. In addition to ongoing pastoral work, significantly, this rabbi will teach regularly from the bimah, frequently to adults, as well as oversee the Spiritual Fitness (adult education) component of The Kitchen. Finally, this rabbi will be the primary (although not exclusive) external face of The Kitchen.
The Executive Director will be responsible for implementing The Kitchen’s strategy in partnership with Rabbi Kushner and in conjunction with the senior team. This role will oversee Kitchen’s arenas of communications, membership, finance, all Kitchen events, and development. The Executive Director will develop his or her own staff, build a strong partnership with our board, cultivate a wide range of leaders, and foster connections with the large number of Kitchen stakeholders. The role will rely on strategic thinking and resourcefulness in order to approach daily and institutional challenges and depend on entrepreneurial energy in the ongoing work of designing of new, high quality solutions.
Rabbi / Senior Family Educator:
This position, with support from the Rabbinic team, will have the opportunity to create a new approach to Jewish learning, using immersive experiences as tools, an existing open and enthusiastic community as students, and the tradition as a foundation. Essentially, this position will consider how to best bring Torah into the lives of children and their parents in San Francisco, 2018. Building off of our current Freedom (shabbat) school, this Educator will work to develop new ways to teach Jewish ideas, narratives, rituals, language and ethics. Significantly, this Educator will work to build informal, participatory communities and opportunities for engaging Jewish life amongst the many excellent Kitchen families with children five and under.
*Rabbi / Chazzan Responsibilities to include:
Music Director: Considers prayer and music on behalf of The Kitchen. Learns the current musical shabbat vocabulary of The Kitchen. Is familiar with music of IKAR, B’nai Jeshurun, Zion / the Piyyut Project. Works with Rabbi Kushner to select and arrange material. Partners with other musicians, chazzanim, and our davening team to further cultivate and elevate our sound while continuing our current emphasis on communal participation.
Manages Davening Team: Builds relationships with current davening team members, works to expand involvement. Cultivates new musicians, daveners and stakeholders through The Bench and teaching. Arranges pieces with our davening team of 12. Organizes rehearsals, recording sessions, holidays, especially preparations for high holidays. Provides menus for each service.
Officiates at Life cycles / Pastoral work: Considers the life cycle event in the context of the family, the community and, where applicable, the educational opportunities leading up to that event and following it. In conjunction with our Ritual Maven, creates curricula for b’nai mitzvah and helps to shape our Torah service. In conjunction with Rabbi Kushner, develops curricula for conversion students and weddings. Carries requests for spiritual counseling, bikkur cholim, funerals and shiva minyanim.
Community: Prizes relationship building, many leaders and small group as a key piece of the work.
Family Educator: An advisor to family education sphere as it takes shape and is a key teacher in Kitchen retreats, experiences, services and programs.
Adult Educator: Teaches classes for adults as needed. Offers drashot on shabbat and holidays.
10-15 years of Rabbinic / Chazzan experience
Experience in Music Direction / Arrangement
Knowledge of Chazzanut
Vocalist / Soloist skills preferred
Storahtelling experience a plus
Personally invested in the mission of The Kitchen
Entrepreneurial zeal: Goes the extra mile for excellence
Strong work ethic, sets goals, gets it done
Happy to help with areas outside job description, does whatever needs to be done
Genuinely cares about our people
Able to solve problems independently and efficiently
Willing to put the work of the team above personal agenda
Willing to engage in productive confrontation for the greater good
Please send a cover letter and resume to Interim Executive Director, Elie Lauter with subject "LAST NAME- Chazzan."