Job description Ortodox Rabbi

 

Profile Orthodox Rabbi of StockholmThe Jewish Community of Stockholm is by far the biggest Jewish community in Scandinavia with over 4300 members. The community is an “Einheitsgemeinde” and has three synagogues, two orthodox synagogues and the great Synagogue of Stockholm which is Masorti. The Jewish community employs two rabbis, one Orthodox and one Masorti, the rabbis are expected to cooperate. The rabbis report to the Secretary General of the Jewish Community of Stockholm, who answers to the board.

Job description

  1. Leader of services and the Orthodox communities through the Jewish yearly cycle
    Comfortable leading and arranging services. Halachically accomplished. Is very knowledgeable about synagogue activities and Halacha in practice. Weddings, Brits, Get’s, Bikkur Cholim, conversions, burial services and Shivas are all part of the communal life, the Orthodox rabbi needs to feel at ease with these and be able to guide and lead them.
  2. Work well with the orthodox synagogues and others in different part of the Jewish community
    Work well with the Masorti rabbi and others in office of the community and take an active part in different parts of Jewish Stockholm such as the Jewish School, cheder, summer camp and the old age home.
  3. Teacher
    Acts as a daily educator in many different contexts for children and adults and regards his own studies as an important part of the position.
  4. Personal advisor
    Is a counselor, spiritual guide and visits the sick and comforts the grieving. Helps individuals identify their values.
  5. Kashrut
    Is responsible for all Kashrut issues of the “Einheitsgemeinde” (Mikveh; Glämsta camp; shared venues etc.). Develops and refines the kosher items list and supervises its fulfilment together with the community’s kashrut committee.
  6. Community building, bringing community members together
    A natural unifying force. Creates an environment where people meet, share with others and strengthen their identity as members of a group. Nurtures the unified community (Einheitsgemeinde), has respect for people with different opinions.
  7. Visionary leader
    Able to actively engage more people into the Orthodox way of living and facilitates bringing people back to Judaism. Has a convincing vision about the future. Can look beyond the moment, has long term goals and leads the work of Jewish development and innovation in the community.
  8. Reside with family in Stockholm
    The position requires that the rabbi and wife lives in Stockholm together with his family.

Specific tasksResponsibility of Life cycle events:

  • Visiting the sick and elderly, visiting the old age home (Judiska Hemmet)
  • Conversion courses
  • Naming ceremonies
  • Weddings
  • Divorces
  • Education for young and adults. (Initiate study circles, cheder, visit Hillel school, cooperation withVasa Real (the Jewish junior high/middle school, grades 7-9), Glämsta (the Jewish summer camp). Educate through practice and Shiurim, Dvar Torah.
  • Attending (and initiating) social activities and organizing activities connected to Shabbat and holidays.
  • Religious spokesperson regarding Community policy documents (consults with Secretary General, President and Board).
  • Contributes to the development of the religious section of the “Einheitsgemeinde”.  
  • Works together with the orthodox synagogue boards, regular planning and follow up the kosher committee the rabbi of the Great synagogue, cantor, religious coordinator, Secretary General, the board, other laypersons and staff in order to achieve the goals of the community and of the orthodox synagogues.

Background requirementsEducation

  • Rabbinical education from a mainstream, accepted Orthodox yeshiva, whose smicha is accepted by Orthodox communities in general and by the Rabbinate in Israel
  • Other education is considered to be an additional qualification but is not required.

Experience

  • Rabbinical practice experience from a community
  • Working with kashrut
  • Education

Knowledge

  • Speaks Swedish or has the ability, preparedness and willingness to learn Swedish.
  • Great Jewish knowledge a requirement. The greater and broader the knowledge, the stronger the qualification.
  • General knowledge that can be connected to Jewish knowledge or that can be used in the rabbi’s position is considered a qualification. (For example, psychology, history, etc.)

Skills

  • Guides and leads the communities through the Jewish life cycle as well as the yearly cycle in a positive and energetic way.
  • Knowledgeable and has the ability in the art of public speaking.
  • Pedagogical skills.
  • Experience in teaching in various situations is a qualification.
  • Ability to cooperate with the outside world (politicians, staff, the cantor, the Gabaim, the synagogue boards) and people from all walks of life.
  • Readiness to, when necessary, meet the media in cooperation with, and in consultation with the employer (the Einheitsgemeinde).  Statements in the media must be coordinated via the Secretary General.
  • Ability to visit the sick, comforting bereaved, counseling in general and spiritual guidance.
  • Lead religious services, preserve high quality in traditional services

Important personal qualities
Leadership
Should be a spiritual leader in two Orthodox synagogues and a religious leader of the whole community

Ability to cooperate
Internally in the community and externally in the Swedish society.

Pedagogical
Clear, sensitive and receptive pedagogical skills.

Stable
Mature, high level of integrity, comfortable with himself, can deal with challenges, empathetic, inspires confidence. Can resolve conflicts in a positive and constructive fashion.

Socially competent
Open disposition, curious, outgoing, not shy, engaged, good communicator and listener.

Growth and innovation oriented
Flexible, diplomatic, patient, knows how to implement change and engage more Jews in, realistic, creates win-win situations.

Service oriented
Joins in, a team player, willing to support and help out.

Responsible
Reliable, accountable, loyal, and conscientious.

Drive
Initiates, active, can be a driving force and take a leadership role.

Decision-making ability
Good judgment, tolerates stress.

 

Additional aspects of the position

  • The rabbi is employed for the entire community. The unified community (Einheitsgemeinde) is neutral. All employees should show mutual respect for the other denominations and be open to cooperation with them.
  • The rabbi shall follow the charter of the Jewish community (an English translation is available).
  • Ability to accept that due to the “Einheitsgemeinde”, non-Orthodox or non-traditional practices may occur within the wider community. One such example is that non-Jews are also buried in Stockholm’s Jewish cemeteries.
  • The rabbi should provide service to all members of the community, no matter how knowledgeable or affiliated they are. Strengthen identity and knowledge.
  • Support, stimulate and develop religious life in the spirit that of the orthodox synagogues and the synagogue synagogues prescribes.
  • The rabbi follows the community’s code of conduct regarding acts within the role scope of the position.
  • The rabbi is obligated to inform the board of the community about possible religious convictions that deviate from the Orthodox norms.
  • The rabbi participates constructively in various committees and working groups that are relevant to the position, in consultation with the Secretary General.
  • The rabbi is expected to have an open home and invite people for Shabbat and other holidays.

Employment guidelines
The intention is to employ for life, but a minimum of 5 years of employment is required. The employment terms will be permanent if there is a mutual consent, with an initial probationary period of up to 24 months.