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Havurah Shalom Seeks Community Music Coordinator

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Position:               Community Music Coordinator

Reports to:           Rabbi                           

Salary:                  Half-time position; $25-35 per hour depending on experience         


Job Summary

Havurah Shalom is a vibrant diverse, participatory Jewish community of over 450 families promoting spirituality, learning and acts of social responsibility. Ilene Safyan, our previous Community Music Coordinator, stated: “We expect our music programming to be joyful, accessible, visible, and engaged, touching the many aspects of our Havurah Community.”

This half-time music position concerns itself with three aspects of music engagement in our community. The first is to organize congregational participation for Kabbalat Shabbat and other services; the second, to support parent and teachers in teaching music in our youth education program; and thirdly, to create and promote opportunities for Havurah members to share their music in all aspects of our congregational life. The position involves working closely with the Rabbi, Education Director, Program Director, and member-staffed congregational committees. The position is expected to start in August of 2020.



Primary Tasks and Responsibilities


1. Formal Ritual and Liturgy


Provide coordination and support for the music at the monthly Kabbalat Shabbat service.

  • Research songs specific to the Kabbalat Shabbat service in collaboration with the rabbi

  • Communicate, coordinate, and schedule member musicians and song leaders for each service

  • Organize and rehearse music with the instrumentalists as needed

  • Prepare lead sheets for musicians and song sheets for services

  • Develop online access to music for the congregation

  • Support the teaching of melodies to the congregation before or during Kabbalat Shabbat Services


2. Education


Work within and support the community-led model of Shabbat School Education at Havurah to create opportunities for students to learn and make Jewish-centered music.

  • Consult with the Education Director and Rabbi to analyze strengths and weaknesses of existing modes of youth music education and propose modifications to ensure music coherence and cohesion across age continuum
  • Work with parent-teachers to teach the music curriculum
  • Support music training by developing and maintaining resources for those teachers
  • Create opportunities for learning, making, and sharing music at Havdallah


3. Community Building


Cultivate musical interest, ideas, and talents within the congregation.

  • Build community through music at Havurah    
  • Organize a monthly gathering of members for singing and playing
  • Engage Havurah members to lead music at services
  • Write a regular music column in Hakol
  • Build and maintain curated virtual music document library



Preferred Training and Experience



  • Experience in music performance or music education
  • Fluency with musical scores, charts, and lead sheets
  • Running music programs and teaching groups
  • Youth education
  • Fluency with broad range of Jewish music
  • Music Software: Finale or Sibelius


Community Organizing

  • Volunteer coordination
  • Stakeholder and volunteer engagement
  • Systems organization and administration
  • Fluency with Microsoft Office or Google Suite


The position requires that an applicant have a collaborative approach working with others in the congregation.

Work hours include some nights and weekends.

Sun, October 17 2021 11 Cheshvan 5782