By Rabbi Mauricio Balter, Eshel Avraham Congregation, Beer-Sheva
The Rabbinical Assembly is seeking a Researcher / Executive Assistant to support the work of the Executive Vice President.
The Researcher / Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President is a fast-paced position working directly with the professional head of the RA, the sole membership organization of the Conservative rabbinate. The RA office is small, but the organization’s reach is large and complex, and the RA is highly networked and involved in the highest levels of Jewish life and civic engagement in the US, Israel, Europe, Latin America, and wherever the Jewish presence is felt around the world. This position is most aptly compared to staff positions working with senior elected officials, and to be involved in high level matters and meetings and, based on their skills and talents, to shepherd significant projects. The Researcher / Executive Assistant is also the sole person responsible for scheduling and managing all of the EVP’s travel, correspondence, meetings and schedules, so they must be detail oriented and exceptionally competent and expedient in matters of administration. The EVP is also responsible for the Board and committee structures of the RA and the Researcher / Executive Assistant ensures that ongoing governance communications and deadlines are maintained. The role of the Researcher / Executive Assistant requires discretion and judgment, as high level matters come frequently, and generally without warning. Attention to detail, skills of observation and a flexible ability to change course are required.
Responsibilities will include:
Support for Executive Vice President including:
- Managing a busy calendar
- Travel arrangements
- Planning and executing committee meetings and major convenings
- Drafting thoughtful correspondence and written memos
- Internet research on matters of media events, public policy and religious life
- Other administrative work as needed.
Project Management and Support in the Rabbinical Assembly, depending on skills and experience such as:
- Drafting public policy statements, grant proposals and reports
- Committee Management
- Project Management
Applicants should have at least two years experience providing administrative support. The following skills and experiences are required:
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills
- Excellent organizational and administrative skills
- Detail orientation and ability to establish consistent systems for accurate work
- Ability to integrate with a close team on complex problems
- Excellent computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
- Ability to manage and execute numerous projects simultaneously and the ability to follow through independently on tasks and assignments.
- Experience working with the public via telephone and email
- Commitment to confidentially and discretion.
- Written and spoken Hebrew a plus
- B.A. degree or masters degree
About the Rabbinical Assembly:
The Rabbinical Assembly, first established in 1901 by graduates of the rabbinical school of the Jewish Theological Seminary, is the international association of Conservative/Masorti rabbis. Today its ranks include rabbis ordained at the seminaries of the Conservative/Masorti movement as well as rabbis of other accredited rabbinical schools who accept the tenets of Conservative Judaism. Its nearly 1,700 members serve as congregational rabbis, educators, military and hospital chaplains, professors of Judaica, and officers of communal service organizations throughout the world. While the majority of the men and women of the Assembly serve in the United States and Canada, more than ten percent of its rabbis serve in Israel and many of its rabbis serve in Latin America, in the countries of Europe, Australia and South Africa.
Additional information about the Rabbinical Assembly
Please send cover letter and resume to RabbinicalAssemblyjobs@gmail.com.
By Rabbi Elliot Salo Schoenberg and Daniel Schoenberg
By Julie Schonfeld
Originally posted on Haaretz
10 Lessons We Have Learned from 20 Years of Transition Training
by Rabbi Elliot Schoenberg
Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, RA Executive Vice President, has recently been a featured speaker at a number of public events.
On November 21, Dr. Steve Bayme of the American Jewish Congress moderated a panel on the Israeli Chief rabbinate shared by Rabbi Schonfeld and Rabbi Asher Lopatin of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah at Sutton Place Synagogue. Rabbi Schonfeld emphasized the need for the community to organize around equal funding for all streams of Judaism. Panelists also responded to questions about frameworks that would arise should there ever be the political will to eradicate the institution of the Chief Rabbinate. Rabbi Schonfeld outlined and evaluated possible frameworks in which Israel could maintain a religious organization consistent with the principles of freedom of religion and conscience for the sake of Israel’s national Jewish character.
On November 25, Rabbi Schonfeld spoke about the meaning of the recent Pew Foundation report on American Judaism with Dr. Steven M. Cohen and Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, moderated by Gary Rosenblatt of the Jewish Week. Rabbi Schonfeld evaluated several points of crucial interest to the vitality of Jewish religion in America, pointing out the need to distinguish among the streams rather than creating the false dichotomy of “Orthodox and non-Orthodox” individually (thanks here to RA Past President Rabbi Alan Silverstein; see this article for his definitive exposition on the subject). While recognizing important challenges facing the Conservative Movement and others, Rabbi Schonfeld presented a strong assessment of the success that Conservative Judaism’s characteristic intensive focus on education yields, such as a 73% rate of endogamy and the fact that one-third of school-age children are enrolled in day school. In her public talks, Rabbi Schonfeld educates the public about the many ways in which Conservative Jews and institutions engage a broad swath of the Jewish public through education, advocacy and mediation of diverse views. She also elucidates our Movement’s often hidden investments in resources designed to ensure a vibrant Jewish future.
On December 9, Rabbi Schonfeld spoke at the Jewish Women International’s Women to Watch gala in Washington, DC. As the only woman leading a denominational organization and one of the very few women leading a major Jewish organization, she is called upon to support and inspire young women entering the Jewish professional and voluntary spheres. Rabbi Schonfeld spoke on issues of women’s leadership, mentorship and the role of Jewish tradition in shaping young women’s personal and professional lives. As a 2011 recipient of the Women to Watch award, it gave her great pleasure to be invited back to share her insights with other women who are making an impact in various professional and Jewish roles.
Rabbi Schonfeld is regularly asked to participate at panels and events covering matters of Jewish life, Israel affairs and Jewish approaches to public policy.