Dublin Hebrew Congregation Job Description - Rebbetzen


 

JOB TITLE:  Rebbetzen 

LOCATION:  Dublin Hebrew Congregation, Ireland

REPORTS TO: Rabbinate Committee of the DHC

WORKING HOURS:  Part Time (Hours & responsibilities to be discussed during the interview process)

SALARY: Generous Salary plus Accommodation

BENEFITS: 25 days holiday plus Bank Holidays;  Pension


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

We are looking for a Rebbetzen to work in partnership with the Rabbi of the DHC on all community matters with a focus on reinvigorating the Dublin Jewish Community by making members feel engaged, empowered and a valuable part of the community. We are especially keen that we do all we can to make Judaism more relevant to the lives of our members and the wider community. 

 

The Rebbetzen will take the lead in supporting and developing specific activities for women and girls within the community.


MAIN ACCOUNTABILITIES

It is expected that the Rebbetzen will be able to provide support to the Community in most of the following areas:  

  • To provide hospitality, along with the Rabbi, to members of the DHC and visitors, particularly over Shabbat, Yom Tov and other festivals

  • To support the Pastoral Care of the Rabbi, especially visiting and offering support to sick and bereaved members of the DHC when required and appropriate 

  • To create and deliver regular shiurim and offer religious guidance to female members of the community according to a schedule agreed with the Rabbi and the DHC Executive

  • To assist the Rabbi in the delivery of religious and educational programs and events

  • To provide guidance and spiritual support to brides within the DHC Community

  • To provide guidance and spiritual support to Bat Mitzvah girls within the DHC Community

  • To attend shul services on Shabbat and festivals on a regular basis, offering guidance and a welcoming face to regular attendees and visitors irrespective of their level of observance

  • To perform all other tasks that would reasonably be expected of an active and committed Rebbetzen in a mainstream, modern orthodox Diaspora community


GENERAL

The successful candidate must be available to work unsocial hours including weekends.

 

This job description does not encompass the complete duties and should be treated as a guide to the duties that the Rebbetzen is expected to perform. This job description may be amended to meet the changing requirements of the community at any time after full discussion with the successful candidate


 

Person Specification

Education

Essential:  Seminary graduate or equivalent experience in a communal role   

Desirable:  University degree

                                                         

Aptitude/skills

Essential:

  • To motivate and lead members and potential members towards active engagement in community life and a greater commitment to religious observance

  • Ability to offer meaningful, spiritual comfort to those in need

  • Strong written and verbal communication

Experience

Essential:

  • Kashrut supervision

  • Batmitzvah programs

  • Capacity to teach brides Taharah HaMishpacha and to supervise immersions

  • Women’s learning

  • Social and welfare

  • Pastoral work

Desirable:

  • Communal role within a community

  • Counselling

  • Teaching young people or adults

                                                                                         

Personal qualities

Essential:

  • Approachable

  • Excellent time-keeping

  • Discrete

  • Organised 

  • Ability to work as part of a team with professional staff and lay leaders

  • Self-motivated

  • Warm and hospitable

  • Sympathetic and empathetic 

  • Enthusiastic

  • Friendly, outgoing

  • Diplomatic

Desirable:

  • Able to organise others

  • Flexible

  • Sense of humour

  • Innovative

  • Use of initiative