Rabbinic Fellowship Job Description
The application period for our second cohort of fellows is now closed. Thank you for your interest.
Jewish Emergent Network Rabbinic Fellowship Diversity Statement
Part of the Jewish Emergent Network’s goal is to create a diverse group of rabbinic Fellows who, as individuals and a group, reflect the spectacular multiplicity of the North American Jewish community. We aim to bring together rabbinic Fellows from different denominations and religious (or non-religious) and cultural backgrounds. We are searching for candidates from Reform, Conservative, Modern Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Renewal, and non-denominational seminaries; Jews of color; Jews by choice; Jews in the LGBTQ community; and, a balanced mix of women, men and people who do not identify with binary gender roles.
UPDATE: The application period is now closed. Thank you for your interest.
We will review applications on a rolling basis beginning December 8, 2017. We strongly encourage you to submit your application as early as possible so that if you're invited for an interview--first-round interviews are February 7 & 8, 2018 in San Francisco--we will have plenty of time to arrange your travel. In no event will applications be accepted after January 15, 2018.
Rabbinic Fellowship Program Overview
The Rabbinic Fellowship is a project of the Jewish Emergent Network (“the Network”), which comprises the leaders of seven path-breaking Jewish communities from across the United States who have come together in the spirit of collaboration. All seven of the organizations—IKAR (Los Angeles), Kavana (Seattle), The Kitchen (San Francisco), Lab/Shul (New York), Mishkan (Chicago), Romemu (New York), Sixth & I (Washington D.C.)—share a passion for reinvigorating Jewish life and creative approaches to Jewish engagement; all seven are led by talented, visionary Jewish professionals; and, all seven have received recognition for the impact they have already made on the Jewish community, both locally and nationally. The Network’s goals are to provide support to one another as fellow innovators, to harness our collective power, and to continue to work together to transform the American Jewish landscape. The purpose of the Fellowship is to immerse talented young rabbis in these dynamic spiritual Jewish communities, providing intensive professional development, mentoring, and cohort building so they will embark on their rabbinical careers as seasoned professionals steeped in the spirit and best practices of these organizations and the shared wisdom of the Network. At the same time, these start-up style communities will deeply benefit from the presence and work product of an additional clergy member at each site.
The first group of Fellows is currently thriving in the program. The Network is excited to assemble a second cohort of seven promising young rabbis and place one into each of the seven Network organizations for two-year Fellowships. These recently ordained rabbis will be embedded in their host organizations, where they will receive intensive training, mentoring, and experience. They will also participate in rich and dynamic Network-wide curriculum and training through regular site visits to Network organizations, interstitial work, and project-based learning. The Fellowship will culminate at a public-facing conference at which the Network will share learning about its practices, including the Fellowship.
The target impact groups for this program are (1) the Rabbinic Fellows themselves; (2) the seven host organizations and their 10,000+ staff and constituents who will benefit from the cross-fertilization of ideas and best practices; and (3) the American Jewish community as a whole, which stands to gain from this investment in the field of Jewish spiritual revitalization. The Fellowship is formally evaluated by experts to make it as dynamic as possible and reap maximum learning from the program.
There are three main goals for the Fellowship:
1) To train talented, recently ordained rabbis to be extraordinary and creative leaders by engaging them in and exposing them to some of today’s most entrepreneurial and creative models in Jewish engagement through job immersion, mentorship and formal professional development;
2) to provide each of the seven organizations in the Network—some of the fastest growing and most dynamic spiritual Jewish organizations in the country—with an additional rabbinic presence to augment their professional teams and amplify their work; and,
3) to infuse the field of Jewish innovation with the wisdom gained by the Network participants and two cohorts of dynamic Fellows who have been steeped in creative Jewish leadership and institution-building and who will emerge after this process well-equipped to apply their learning, either by helping to transform existing institutions or launching new communities.
Measures of Success
By the end of a four-year period, the Fellowship will have achieved the following outcomes:
● 14 talented Rabbinic Fellows will have been immersed in seven dynamic spiritual Jewish communities and trained in today’s most entrepreneurial and creative models in Jewish engagement;
● the Rabbinic Fellows will each receive formal professional development, immersive mentoring, and cohort building during their two-year Fellowship periods, and will be equipped to serve as mentors to future generations;
● the additional rabbinic presence in each of the seven participating communities will augment the communities’ professional teams and increase their bandwidth for innovative and engaging programming;
● the Rabbinic Fellows will develop a background and specific skill set for serving as innovative spiritual leaders and will be uniquely equipped to transform existing institutions or launch new organizations;
● the Rabbinic Fellows will emerge from the Fellowship demonstrating that they are prepared to embark on their rabbinical careers as seasoned professionals who are steeped in the spirit and best practices of the Network organizations;
● the Rabbinic Fellows and host organizations will produce scalable programming that other organizations can adapt moving forward;
● the Fellowship will produce two public-facing conferences to share best practices and lessons learned with clergy, staff, and lay-leaders from across the country; and,
● the field of creative Jewish engagement will grow and the capacity of the Jewish Emergent Network will increase through the strong cohorts built by the Fellowship, and through ongoing mentorship, networking, and shared learning among Fellowship participants, host organizations, clergy and lay leaders through throughout the field.
The Jewish Emergent Network’s Rabbinic Fellowship is a rigorous two-year program. Not only do Fellows function as full-time rabbis in one of the seven Network organizations, but they also take part in an extensive professional development curriculum designed to augment their skills and prepare them to lead. Successful candidates will be ready for a heavy workload and will enthusiastically seek opportunities to maximize their learning and engagement at every turn.
Each Jewish Emergent Network Rabbinic Fellow will report to a supervisor at their host organization as well as entering into an immersive mentoring relationship with the Senior Rabbi at the organization (in some cases the Senior Rabbi will also be the supervisor). Additionally, each Fellow will be in close contact with Network staff as they take part in the formal curriculum and build camaraderie within the cohort. A Fellow’s responsibilities will include those commensurate with the position of a Rabbinic Fellow at a Jewish community (see details below). Successful candidates will be ready to function as a full-time Rabbi in a Network community, while being able to keep lines of communication open with supervisors, Rabbis, Network staff, and co-Fellows, and actively engaging on all fronts.
While Rabbinic Fellows will certainly leave an indelible mark on their organizations, a more primary goal is for the Fellows to immerse themselves in the organization’s current practices and experiments, learning as much as possible from the way the host organization functions, including its triumphs and failures. Successful candidates understand that each of the Network communities needs an augmented clergy presence and will be ready to perform all rabbinic duties and manage existing programming, and yet not be above setting up chairs, cleaning up venues and handling administrative tasks, all of which are par for the course for top leadership at the Network’s roll-up-your-sleeves, start-up style organizations.
The mentoring relationship between Senior Rabbis and Fellows is unique and immersive, and not necessarily the same as in some other professional mentoring programs. Although sometimes the relationship will be marked by one-on-one meetings, the mentoring relationship is grounded in the opportunity each Fellow will have to observe Senior Rabbis in action, including the ways each Senior Rabbi runs meetings, prayer services, programs, and life cycle events. The mentoring relationship will be dictated by a contract mutually arranged between the Senior Rabbi and the Fellow. Successful candidates are those who will seek out opportunities to learn as much as possible from Senior Rabbis and work with supervisors and Senior Rabbis to create meaningful opportunities for immersive mentoring.
Among many other topics, the professional development curriculum includes (but is not limited to): working with boards, development, the philanthropic landscape, budgeting, managing up, being an effective supervisor, time management, launching start-ups, Israel/Palestine issues, rabbinic voice, politics on the pulpit, liturgy and music, self-care, social justice, davening, public speaking, and programming. Some Fellows will already be experts in certain of these fields, while others will have had virtually no training. Successful candidates will approach this learning with an open mind and heart, ready to build on existing skills and develop new ones in the context of a diverse cohort.
The curriculum is primarily delivered via intensive site visits and year-round interstitial work with guest teachers, co-Fellows and partner organizations. Successful candidates will bring their all to the site visits and be ready and willing to work on group projects and personal reflection and studies throughout the course of the Fellowship. Successful candidates will also anticipate and look forward to balancing the responsibilities at their Network organization with the curricular work and personal and group projects that are key elements of this Fellowship.
The Jewish Emergent Network has a growing national presence. Successful candidates will constantly be mindful of being part of the diverse face of the Jewish Emergent Network, including at the Network’s own public-facing conferences.
July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020, provided, however, that each Fellow makes all possible efforts to additionally attend a conference May 28 – June 5, 2018.
During the term of their Jewish Emergent Network Fellowship, the Fellows' responsibilities may include:
To the right, click the Network organization's icons to read detailed, site-specific job descriptions. We strongly encourage all applicants to carefully read the specific job descriptions for all Network organizations in order to determine the best fit(s) prior to applying to the Network organization(s) of their choice.
The local-site job descriptions are companions to this overall job description and contain vital information about the specific nature of each organization’s needs and how its Fellow can expect to spend their time.
Jewish Emergent Network Obligations
Each Fellow must attend seven site visits over the course of Fellowship. The dates of such site visits will be determined by the Network organizations. Each Fellow is expected to attend all days of programming at each site visit. Each site visit is between five and six days, typically running from Thursday night through Monday afternoon. The site visits are intense experiences, with professional development, prayer and other programming often running from early in the morning until late at night. At site visits, each Fellow’s round-trip travel and accommodations will be booked and paid for. During site visits, Fellows will be provided dorm-style, shared-room/joint housing, or hotel or motel accommodations, as well as all meals or a per diem.
Fellows are expected to cooperate with Network evaluators to provide feedback and reporting in a timely fashion and via a variety of media. The Fellows shall make themselves available for such reporting throughout the Fellowship and nine months afterwards.
Interstitial Curriculum, Programming and Reporting
Fellows will take an active role in professional development between site visits via conference calls, video chats, reporting, special collaborative projects, article drafting, blogging, multi-media content creation, working with partner organizations, and other programming throughout the course of the Fellowship.
We Are Seeking New Rabbis Who:
Above all, we want candidates’ personal Torah to shine through in everything they do, and to know that they are ready to share it with us.
Salary & Benefits Overview
Annual salaries are the same for Network Fellows at all sites. Year One of the fellowship is $90,000 base salary, and Year Two is $95,000 base salary. Parsonage is mutually agreed upon between each Fellow and their host organization. The Network does not guarantee any pension or retirement benefits to Fellows; however, if sufficient funds are available, the Network will make pension contributions. The amount of such contributions shall be at the sole discretion of the Network, may vary over the course of each Fellow’s employment, and, if allocated, are not expected to exceed 5% of salary annually. The Network will pay the cost of professional dues to one Rabbinic association per Fellow. Each Fellow will be entitled to participate in the full benefits program of their host organization. Benefits vary between Network organizations and specifics of benefit programs will be made available to candidates at each site. If a Fellow relocates to accept a Fellowship, the Network will reimburse reasonable moving expenses in connection with relocation in an amount not to exceed $3,000.00, upon submission of receipts. Because of the extensive professional development offered as part of this Fellowship, no other professional development funds will be available to Fellows. The Network will provide some job placement coaching to each Fellow in the second year of the term. This is just an overview of salary and benefits and is not meant to be exhaustive or all-inclusive and is subject to change. All terms will be codified via formal contracts upon hire.