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Director of Engagement and Programming

General Overview
Beth Israel Congregation seeks a charismatic, creative, and dedicated person to design and implement programming that connects current and potential members to Beth Israel, to the community, and to one another. We seek an individual who loves working with people of all ages, from all demographics, and from all walks of life. This person will get to know our members through participation in services and community events, and via small group and one-on-one meetings. In collaboration with the rabbi, staff, and lay leadership, the director of engagement and programming will develop programs and activities that offer opportunities to learn, to play, and to interact, and will actively work to create a culture of inclusivity in the congregation. We value passion, imagination, and initiative about Judaism.

As a mid-sized egalitarian Conservative synagogue, Beth Israel affirms inclusion and engagement in Judaism through active participation in meaningful worship, the study of Torah, and tikkun olam in our community. Now in its 106th year, Beth Israel's mission is to inspire a love of Jewish learning, values, and community through engaging formal and informal education and programs across the life span.

The director of engagement and programming reports to the executive director of the congregation collaborates with other members of the staff (including the rabbi), works with the board's vice president for engagement and programs, and attends all engagement committee meetings.

Desired Qualifications and Experience

  • dynamic, creative leader with strong organizational skills
  • B.A. or equivalent in Jewish communal service, Judaic studies, or other related field
  • strong communication and social media skills
  • understanding of and experience with Conservative Judaism, Jewish ritual, community programming (youth organizations, summer camp), Jewish education
  • demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity
  • commitment to engage prospective and current Beth Israel members


  1. current member engagement and caring community
  2. new member recruitment and engagement
  3. recruitment and oversight of volunteers for programming
  4. services and holiday programming
  5. oversight of babysitting on Shabbat and other events
  6. adult education and programming
  7. interfaith programming
  8. communication and connection with other organizations
  9. youth group


Personal Qualities

  • effective partner, collaborator, and team builder
  • organized leader and effective communicator
  • committed to ongoing professional development

Ann Arbor is a vibrant, diverse, globally-minded community with a strong and engaged Jewish community. As a university town, Ann Arbor has an eclectic and internationally-recognized food scene, parks, as well as a wide range of music,  entertainment, and community engagement activities. There are near-ubiquitous festivals, marathons, fairs, and sporting events for every taste and interest. A strong school district and recognized library system provide rich opportunities for personal and family life.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary: starting at $50,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience

Benefits: medical, paid sick/vacation time, retirement plan, parental leave, professional dues, religious school tuition, congregation membership

Beth Israel Congregation is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.

Please submit your résumé and cover letter to:

Sat, March 2 2024 22 Adar I 5784