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Kol Ha’Emek • The Upper Valley Jewish Community
Position Description for Full-Time Rabbi starting July 1, 2018

Rabbi Job Description – PDF

Kol Ha’Emek • The Upper Valley Jewish Community seeks a dynamic and inclusive Rabbi to meet the spiritual needs of our diverse community. Kol Ha’Emek is a welcoming, egalitarian congregation of about 200 families providing Jewish spiritual, educational, social, and cultural services and programming to the Upper Connecticut River Valley. Located in Hanover, NH, in a building owned by Dartmouth College and shared with Dartmouth Hillel, we are an independent congregation with an active lay leadership.

We seek a permanent Rabbi to serve our congregation over the long term beginning July 1, 2018. Since the search for a permanent Rabbi can take time, we are simultaneously posting for an interim one-year position in the event our search for a permanent Rabbi is not concluded in time. We welcome applications for either the permanent or interim position.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to

Job Responsibilities

1. Prayer

  • Lead Shabbat and holiday services, read Torah, and lead Torah discussions
  • Lead High Holiday Services in partnership with a lay or hired cantor and deliver High Holiday sermons
  • Encourage and support congregants who wish to lead Shabbat and holiday services, read Torah, lead Torah discussions, and prepare High Holiday Divrei Torah

2. Learning

  • Oversee and support the Hebrew school, which is run by our educational director
  • Oversee the preparation of B’nai Mitzvah students. The students are generally tutored by Dartmouth students under the coordination of the Educational Director
  • Provide opportunities for adults to study and learn

3. Community Building, Programming and Outreach

  • Help create a community that is welcoming and embracing of all households
  • Work with the Board of Trustees, the Ruach Committee and other lay leadership to help support community, religious and educational events, including lectures, Jewish music and dance, events about or connected to Israel and cultural events organized around the Jewish holidays
  • Work with the Board of Trustees to encourage unaffiliated households to participate in and join Kol Ha’Emek and our Hebrew School through expanded outreach and innovative programming
  • Reach out to intermarried households to ensure they feel welcome, identify and meet their needs, and encourage their participation in Kol Ha’Emek

4. Pastoral Care

  • Attend to the pastoral care and life cycle events of members of Kol Ha’Emek
  • Be a resource for members of the congregation, and the community, on questions of Jewish values, law, and tradition
  • Represent Kol Ha’Emek with area and statewide Jewish and interfaith groups

5. Collaboration with Dartmouth Hillel

  • Build and maintain communications (including scheduling of logistics, space and calendaring in the Roth Center) and a collegial relationship with the Rabbi and staff of Dartmouth College Hillel
  • May serve as a resource, on occasion, if called upon to provide back-up Rabbinic support to Dartmouth College Hillel

Desired Experience and Education

The ideal candidate would be ordained by a major rabbinical school and in good standing with his or her professional rabbinical organization and have strong knowledge of the Hebrew language. We would prefer candidates with a minimum of five years of experience as a congregational rabbi, but will consider applicants at all levels of experience.


Excellent compensation and benefit package commensurate with demonstrated Rabbinic leadership and experience. Salary range: $85,000 to $115,000, depending on experience, plus benefits.

About the Upper Valley

The Upper Valley is a unique community offering a high quality of life in a bi-state region of New Hampshire and Vermont. Anchored by Dartmouth College and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the Upper Valley has a vibrant intellectual life; a wide array of art, music, dance and cultural opportunities; ready access to hiking, biking, skiing and other outdoor activities; and some of the best public schools in the country. Direct buses link Hanover, NH to Boston and New York City. The area is also close to Montreal, Burlington, VT; and Manchester, NH.

About Kol Ha’Emek • The Upper Valley Jewish Community

In addition to a Rabbi, Kol Ha’Emek employs a director of education and a community coordinator / administrator. The section below describes key attributes of our congregation and the priorities of our Rabbinic search. Prepared by the steering committee of the Rabbinic Search Committee at the outset of our search process, the section will be adjusted as we gather community input from a wide array of Kol Ha’Emek members. 

Thank you for your interest in our job opportunity.

About Kol Ha’Emek – the Upper Valley Jewish Community and our Rabbinic Search 

What are the 3 most important things a rabbi needs to know about our congregation?

  1. Our members have a range of religious backgrounds. Most affiliate as Reform or Conservative Jews, at roughly equal levels. Other affiliations include Reconstructionist, Renewal, and
  2. We have an active lay leadership, including the Board of Trustees, committees focused on education, social action and Ruach, and lay leaders of Shabbat and holiday prayers.
  3. With Dartmouth College and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center as the largest employers in the area, our members are highly educated. Most have moved to the Upper Valley from other parts of the country.

What are the three primary goals of our congregation?

  1. To support and encourage Jewish life in the Upper Valley, in all of its diverse forms.
  2. To meet the spiritual needs of our members and the broader Jewish community.
  3. To provide a strong education to our children.

What qualities are most important to our congregation in our new rabbi?

  1. Inclusive and flexible. We seek a Rabbi who will be deeply inclusive, reaching out to all members (and the broader Jewish community) to encourage their participation. As noted above, our membership is diverse. We thus seek a Rabbi who is flexible and comfortable supporting different approaches to Jewish prayer and involvement in the Jewish community (including Tikkun Olam, music and dance, Torah study, intellectual discussion, contemplative practice, social interaction, a connection to Israel, etc.). Since a large share of the membership and the broader Jewish community is intermarried, we welcome a special focus on outreach to intermarried households.
  2. Spiritual and intellectual. We seek a Rabbi who is both spiritual and intellectual, capable of inspiring the Congregation with both song and words.
  3. Personable and empathetic. Prayer is only one aspect of the Rabbi’s job. A Rabbi is also an advisor and a confidant and a comforter of those who are ill or in mourning. For these and other Rabbinic responsibilities, we seek a Rabbi who is personable, approachable and empathetic.

What are the three most important priorities of our rabbi?

  1. Understanding and meeting the diverse religious and spiritual needs of the membership.
  2. Building a community that is welcoming and embracing of all households, including individuals of different religious backgrounds, intermarried households, LGBT people, older adults, families with young children, and all others.
  3. Working with the Board of Trustees to encourage unaffiliated households to participate in and join Kol Ha’Emek.