K’vod Connect Assistant Rabbi

Jewish Family Services - Full Time

Job #25778

23 January, 2024

Openings Available

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Join Our Mission: Assistant Rabbi or Cantor at K’vod Connect
As a Full-time Assistant Rabbi at K’vod Connect, part of the Jewish Family Service of Cincinnati, you will play a pivotal role in our community. This position focuses on in-home participant visits, supporting community events and educational programs, and managing Shalom Corps Volunteers.
About K’vod Connect: K’vod Connect, a vital part of the Jewish Family Service of Cincinnati, is more than just a program; it's a lifeline to the heart of the Jewish community. Originating as a pilot to alleviate loneliness among our seniors, it has flourished into a beacon of hope, providing comprehensive rabbinical, pastoral care, and support throughout Cincinnati. We are seeking an Assistant Rabbi or Cantor who will embody our mission of compassion, connection, and spiritual guidance.
K’vod Connect continues to strengthen our Jewish community in Cincinnati through care and connection. Our program is designed to holistically serve our clients by offering one one-on-one engagement, enabling deep personal relationships that support participants’ well-being. The Assistant Rabbi or Cantor will support the value-add to K’vod Connect programming to address the needs of isolated Jewish seniors.
Through Shalom Corps, the Assistant Rabbi will help to promote and train a cohort of non-clergy volunteers within the Jewish community to become Chesed Companions to support older adults with care and kindness. By providing culturally competent care and companionship, K’vod Connects Shalom Corps responds to the additional support our participants need.
The Impact You Will Make: Your role is crucial. Whether it's providing counsel during significant life moments or leading meaningful Jewish observances and programs, your influence is deep and enduring. Each educational initiative, ritual, and relationship you foster contributes to a richer, more vibrant Jewish life in Cincinnati. Joining K’vod Connect Means: Embracing a role that offers not just competitive compensation but the deep fulfillment of making a real difference. We respect your work-life balance, we are committed to your growth, we provide ample opportunities for professional development and cover all association dues.
Your Workplace: Flexibility is key - your workplace extends across Cincinnati. From individual and family homes to diverse community centers, your work brings you to where you're needed most. The work is fast-paced and rewarding as we are growing rapidly to meet the needs of our community.
Essential parts of the position
Rabbinic Pastoral Care and End-of-Life Support:
  • Jewish Observance Leadership: Lead and officiate key Jewish ceremonies and services, embracing the richness of Jewish rituals and traditions.
  • Pastoral Relationships and Care: Foster deep, ongoing relationships with participants, providing compassionate support, especially during challenging life transitions and end-of-life moments.
  • Memorial Service Facilitation: Conduct and oversee memorial services, offering comfort and guidance on Jewish funeral and burial practices to families and the community.
  • Comprehensive Pastoral Support: Offer a range of pastoral services, including hospital visits, counseling in retirement communities, and home pastoral care.
  • Ritual and Educational Leadership: Provide a holistic approach to Jewish observance, combining traditional rituals with educational and counseling services based on Jewish teachings and ethics.
Relationship Building and Outreach:
  • Community Engagement Initiatives: Develop and host engaging community events like 'Lunch and Learn' sessions Torah studies and Kabbalat Shabbat programs, designed to strengthen the Jewish community's bond and identity.
  • Congregational Collaboration: Work alongside congregational rabbis to ensure a unified approach in providing Jewish leadership and spiritual guidance across the community.
  • Rabbinic Networking: Cultivate strong, cooperative relationships with local Rabbinic boards and associations, enhancing the outreach and impact of K’vod Connect’s programs.
Volunteer Management and Engagement:
  • Volunteer Program Oversight: Manage and mentor volunteers, fostering a supportive environment that encourages their active participation in community service and program development.
  • Recruitment and Training: Lead efforts in recruiting and training new volunteers, equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge to contribute effectively to K’vod Connect’s mission.
Data Collection and Reporting:
  • Detailed Record-Keeping: Maintain comprehensive records of pastoral activities, documenting interactions and outcomes to ensure a high standard of care and service.
  • Continuous Quality Improvement: Engage in ongoing quality improvement and outcome measurement initiatives utilizing feedback and data to refine and enhance program offerings and pastoral care.
  • Salesforce Proficiency: Utilize the Salesforce platform for efficient tracking of contacts, interactions, and outcomes, enabling informed decision-making and reporting.
Administrative and Organizational Roles:
  • Rabbinic and Managerial Support: Provide robust support to the K’vod Rabbi and staff in various administrative, pastoral, and educational functions.
  • Interdisciplinary Teamwork: Collaborate with K’vod Connect/JFS staff and the broader community to promote a multidisciplinary approach to pastoral care, ensuring a cohesive and comprehensive service delivery.
  • Ongoing Professional Development: Participate in regular professional development activities, staff meetings, and supervisory sessions, focusing on continual learning and adaptation to meet the evolving needs of the community.
What you will receive:
$82,800 - $119,025 based on experience and credentials.
Rabbinic and professional association costs are covered by K'vod Connect.


Position Qualifications:
  • Ordination as Jewish clergy and continued membership in a professional rabbinic/cantorial organization.
  • Strong administrative skills including using common Microsoft computer platforms (Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.)
  • Strong written and verbal communication.
  • Experience with a Customer Relations Software (CRM) is preferred.
  • Ability and commitment to respectfully serve the diverse religious needs of the Cincinnati Jewish population. Experience with a large spectrum of levels of observance and Jewish identities.
  • Must be able to lift up to 30 lbs. as well as stand, sit, reach, stretch for extended periods of time.
WORKING Conditions:
  • The K’vod Connect Assistant Rabbi must be able to conduct services and holiday observances at retirement communities and other locations. Some evenings and weekends are required.
  • In-person meetings with participants may occur in their homes, coffee shops, or other appropriate venues.
  • Substantial time spent with participants and their loved ones requires a high degree of emotional energy and mental alertness.
  • Must have mobility through the health institution’s facilities, which are handicapped accessible.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel in the above position.