Clergy and B’nai Mitzvah Assistant

Department: Clergy and Education 

Reports To: Associate Rabbi 

Position Summary: The Clergy Assistant and B’nai Mitzvah Assistant is an integral member of the IKAR team and works closely with our clergy. This person provides support to IKAR’s rabbis and Hazan/Music Director and serves as a liaison between B’nai Mitzvah families and staff. 


  • Liaise with B’nai Mitzvah families and staff to coordinate the B’nai Mitzvah process, including: 
  • Organizing date selection process; 
  • Serving as point person for all B’nai Mitzvah family needs; 
  • Scheduling meetings with clergy; 
  • Preparing materials for students and families in advance of meetings. 
  • Manage calendars and provide general administrative support for four clergy members. 
  • Participate in rotation to staff Shabbat services on occasional Friday nights and Shabbat mornings. 

 Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the above essential functions. 

Competencies and Qualifications: 

  • Passion for IKAR’s mission and work. 
  • Excellent organizational skills; 
  • Ability to interact flexibly and compassionately with a wide variety of people; 
  • Ability to maintain a high level of discretion; 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; 
  • Strong and consistent attention to detail; 
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively; 
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, purpose-driven and fluid environment; 
  • Good sense of humor; 
  • IKAR requires all employees to be current on CDC approved Covid vaccinations unless a reasonable accommodation is requested and approved. 

Duration: Full time (non-exempt; includes some Friday nights, Saturday mornings, occasional holiday and evening hours)  

Salary & Benefits: Pay range is between $45,000-$55,000 with a generous benefits package including full health, vision, and dental coverage.  

Equal Opportunity & Diversity: IKAR prides itself on being an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce.  

How to Apply: Please send resume, cover letter and answers to questions below to [email protected]. 

In your cover letter, please: 

  1. Tell us your story;
  2. Describe the skills and experience you would bring to this position;
  3. Tell us about your ability to multi-task and stay organized;
  4. Describe your ability to self-direct and take initiative;
  5. Tell us why you want this job.

About IKAR: IKAR, an innovative model for Jewish engagement, launched in 2004 in an effort to reclaim the vitality and relevance of Jewish religious practice and reimagine the contours of Jewish community. Recognized nationally for its success in engaging young and disaffected Jews, IKAR is a positive and proactive response to the declining trend in affiliation in the Jewish community. IKAR is 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, we are harnessing an untapped energy in the Jewish community –attracting and mobilizing Jews who to contribute their vast intellectual and creative resources to address real world concerns effectively and unapologetically. Since its founding, we have witnessed exponential growth from a handful of people to a community of 1,000+ member households – making it one of the fastest growing Jewish communities in the country. Hundreds of others – both in Los Angeles and nationally – participate in a wide diversity of IKAR programs and services. In addition to establishing a vital presence in Los Angeles, we have also become a leading model of engaging, authentic, resonant Jewish life that is inspiring change in synagogues and communities around the country.