Assistant-Associate Rabbi

IKAR is looking for a rabbi to serve, inspire and help lead our unique community. We’re looking for the right fit for our community and rabbinic team, so we’ll consider candidates within their first few years in the rabbinate for an Assistant Rabbi role as well as candidates with 5+ years of experience for an Associate Rabbi role.

Our rabbinic team works closely and collaboratively, striving to honor the passions and gifts of its individual members as we care for and guide our community. We are driven by a deep commitment to Torah and our Jewish tradition, and work every day to foster a community of love and justice, the best way we know to work toward the beloved community in our broader society.

IKAR launched in 2004 in an effort to reclaim the vitality and relevance of Jewish religious practice and reimagine the contours of Jewish community. We are dedicated to reanimating Jewish life through imaginative engagement with ritual and spiritual practice, and a deep commitment to social justice. Fusing piety and hutzpah, obligation, and inspiration, IKAR has grown from a handful of people to a multigenerational, radically inclusive community of 1,100+ member households. In addition to establishing a vital presence in Los Angeles and with our IKAR from Afar members around the world, we have also become a leading model of engaging, authentic, resonant Jewish life that is inspiring change in synagogues and communities around the country.

Strong candidates for this position will be curious and committed, open-minded and open-hearted, inspired and inspiring, soulful and creative, dynamic and passionate. They will be excited by the opportunity to work in an ever growing, diverse community, to stretch themselves intellectually and spiritually, and to work in a place where they want to daven, learn and grow.

Pulpit/Educational Responsibilities
-Serve as a rabbinic presence on Shabbat and Haggim
-Offer periodic sermons/ divrei Torah during services on Shabbat and Haggim
-Work with b’nai mitzvah students on crafting meaningful divrei Torah
-Teach Limudim (religious school) class weekly
-Teach periodic adult learning sessions
-Lead periodic family and youth services on Shabbat and Haggim
-Lead virtual morning minyan on rotation with other clergy
-Work with team to conceive of and execute creative holiday celebrations

Pastoral Responsibilities
-Offer pastoral care to community members
-Attend to hesed needs such as mourning support, condolence emails, referrals for social services
-Support and sponsor members preparing for conversion
-Help launch and support circles (e.g. grief circle, caretakers of aging parents and partners circle, etc.)
-Officiate at lifecycle rituals (baby namings/ brises, weddings, funerals, shiva minyanim, b’nai mitzvah, etc.)

Engagement Responsibilities
-Welcome and engage with new and prospective members
-Build meaningful relationships with community members throughout the year
-Serve as rabbinic liaison with demographic groups

Organizational Responsibilities
-Participate in clergy and staff meetings
-Help develop and implement IKAR programming
-Be a rabbinic presence at community events

Salary & Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience, with generous benefits package including full health, vision, dental coverage, and pension. Salary range (depending on experience):
-For candidates within their first five years in the field: $100,000-110,000.
-For candidates with five or more years of rabbinic experience: $120,000-150,000.
(Plus, the benefit of working in a community you truly love that fills your days with meaning and purpose, and living in a world class city, one of the most exciting and diverse in the world: Priceless.)

Equal Opportunity & Diversity
IKAR is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce and prides itself on being an equal opportunity employer, and we aspire for our team to reflect the beauty and diversity of our broader Jewish community.

How to Apply
Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected]