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Director Of Congregational Music
(“Music Director”), although qualified applicants preferring a part-time position will be
considered. The Music Director will partner with the clergy and Director of Education to
inculcate a warm, inviting, vibrant music and tefillah culture at Temple Sinai. The Music
Director will serve as a shaliach tzibbur and song leader, providing musical content for
the synagogue. The Music Director will imbue ruach into communal tefillah experiences
for adults and youth. The Music Director should be warm, charismatic, authentic,
collaborative, and creative.
Temple Sinai is an inclusive egalitarian Conservative synagogue comprising roughly
400 households in the Philadelphia suburb of Montgomery County. Temple Sinai
provides a variety of worship opportunities and programs including daily minyanim,
Shabbat evening and morning services, and follows a triennial Torah reading cycle.
Temple Sinai offers a year-round Preschool/Summer Camp, Religious School (K-10),
social action programs, and an active adult education program.
Desired Qualifications and Skills:
The ideal candidate will be a talented Jewish music professional with experience
leading tefillah and communal singing. All qualified Jewish music leaders, including
ordained/invested cantors, are welcome to apply.
● Knowledge and passion for standard Jewish liturgy (esp. within Conservative
Judaism), including traditional nusach and familiar congregational melodies.
● Knowledge and familiarity with contemporary Jewish liturgical music.
● Ability to chant Torah and Haftarah. Ability to chant megillot strongly preferred.
● Fluid Hebrew reading and general Judaic knowledge.
● Comfortable working with children and adults.
● Jewish summer camp and youth group experience is desirable.
● Ability to provide own musical accompaniment (e.g., guitar, keyboard, etc).
● Competency in the use of common computerized productivity software and
applications (Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Zoom, etc).
● Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Temple Sinai aspires to develop an energetic and inspirational musical culture which is
both lay-led and professionally guided. The Music Director will be responsible for
creating and offering engaging, meaningful & joyful tefillah and other musical
experiences. The Music Director will regularly lead services, as well as create a cadre of
members who are also able to lead services in a fulfilling manner. The Music Director
position will be similar to the role a cantor might play, but the Music Director’s focus will
be exclusively on music and liturgy, without pastoral or general clergy responsibilities.
Liturgical Leadership. Ensure reliable and quality musical leadership of all
Temple Sinai worship services.
○ Regularly serve as shaliach tzibbur (prayer leader) for evening and
morning services on Shabbat, Chagim, and the High Holy Days, as well as
occasionally on weekdays as needed.
○ Read Torah and Haftarah as needed.
○ Train, support, and coordinate lay daveners in the leadership of traditional
and contemporary services.
○ Coordinate the recruitment and assignment of individuals to chant Torah
and Haftarah on weekdays, Shabbat, and Chagim.
○ Collaborate with rabbis to create new innovative prayer experiences and
musical offerings. Temple Sinai is eager to enhance Friday night services
through the use of musical instrumentation.
Music Education. Develop musical offerings for learners of all ages
○ Provide music education and experiences for the religious school,
preschool, and special programs.
○ Periodically offer adult education classes in liturgy, prayer, and Jewish
○ Organize special synagogue-wide musical events, concerts, and musical
○ Experience with leading children and adult choirs is a plus.
B’nai Mitzvah Training
○ Provide weekly instruction to all B’nai Mitzvah students.
○ Regular communication with parents throughout the B’nai Mitzvah
○ Teach a weekly Torah trope class to students in the Religious School.
Supervision: The Director of Congregational Music will report to the Senior Rabbi, and
works in collaboration with the Assistant Rabbi, Director of Education, Preschool
Director and Executive Director.
Salary and Compensation: Range of $65-$80K, commensurate with qualifications
and experience. The compensation package will be discussed with all applicants who
are invited to interview.
Applications: A cover letter and resume should be submitted to Ari Goldberg, Temple
Sinai Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org