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Bet Torah Synagogue, Mount Kisco, NY

Widely recognized as an extraordinarily warm and vibrant community, Bet Torah is a growing Conservative congregation of more than 500 families. We are a welcoming and egalitarian community led by inspiring and engaging clergy, dedicated lay leaders, and a strong professional team who work together in a strong partnership that supports lifelong learning.

Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning encompasses a vision for how we can continue to make Bet Torah a truly unique place for gathering, connecting, worshiping and learning. We are looking for a new Director of Community Engagement & Lifelong Learning - a dynamic rabbi who is a strategic thinker and visionary with innovative ideas for sharing knowledge of Torah, supporting an environment that strengthens engagement among individuals and families in our community, instilling a love of and lifelong commitment to Judaism and helping foster meaningful connections to the synagogue and within the community. The Director will also have opportunities for pastoral conversations, leadership in our Shabbat-centered programming and directorship of our parallel innovative service on the High Holy Days.

We are striving to build an even stronger sense of community and to create more and deeper paths of Jewish engagement for people in the Bet Torah community, within and outside the walls of our shul. The person in this position helps make Bet Torah a welcoming environment that provides and encourages meaningful paths for all its members.

To begin the next chapter of your career, please contact us for more information or send a resume and a cover letter to: Diana Binger, VP Lifelong Learning,

Bet Torah is located in the heart of beautiful Northern Westchester County, an exceptional place to live and work, in close proximity to New York City.

This is a full-time position. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience.


Executive Assistant to the Clergy

Title: Executive Assistant to the Clergy 
Start Date: On or after November 12, 2018 

Minimum Qualifications: 
A high school diploma and three to five years of administrative assistant or secretarial experience. 

Preferred Qualifications: 
An Undergraduate Degree from an accredited institution and five to 10 years of administrative assistant or secretarial experience is preferred. Work experience in a synagogue or Jewish organization and knowledge of Jewish rituals, practices and customs are highly desirable. 

Institutional Background: 
Bet Torah – found online at -- is a vibrant, egalitarian Conservative congregation in Mount Kisco, NY of more than 500 families that is devoted to fostering a genuinely warm Jewish community in Northern Westchester county. An active, multi-generational synagogue with programming for all ages, Bet Torah values lifelong learning and social justice as paths to Jewish commitment. Since its founding in 1950, Bet Torah has been a welcoming home for prayer, study and reflection. Over the years, Bet Torah has become a true community, one that rejoices during the most profound celebrations and provides support during times of greatest need. With the guidance of extraordinary clergy, Rabbi Aaron Brusso and Cantor Randy Herman, Bet Torah is a meaningful place to gather, celebrate and connect with one another and our greater community.

General Position Summary: 
The Executive Assistant works under the general direction of the Rabbi to assist the synagogue’s Clergy. S/he works independently, provides professional secretarial and administrative assistance to the Clergy. This executive assistant will be expected to execute and initiate routine tasks, engage with staff, congregants and the general public on a regular basis, and serve as a gate-keeper for the Clergy office. It is essential that the professional who occupies this role appreciate discretion and practice excellent judgment, as s/he is a front-line representative of the congregation and its Clergy. 

Position Overview of Duties and Responsibilities: 

Performs a broad range of administrative details that may be highly confidential and includes correspondence and a high level of proactive management and follow-up. 

Screens telephone calls, greets visitors, answers questions. First point of contact for members, visitors to Clergy.  Ongoing direct contact with congregants to support a range of family needs
Opens and reviews all mail (and email as appropriate) directed to the Rabbi. Composes responses to routine inquiries (i.e. mazel tov, donations), and forwards appropriate items to the Clergy. 
First point of contact for lifecycle events planning and coordinating scheduling, providing support, data entry, notifications, etc, sometimes with urgency and priority. 
Collects and assembles data for weekly Shabbat services including the announcements, lists (m’sheberah, honors, etc), special blessings/certificates and Shabbat Pamphlet.  Additional prep for other holidays as needed.

Maintains Clergy calendar, regularly planning and scheduling meetings, conferences, teleconferences, and travel. Confirms logistics for events (internally and externally)
Assist the Clergy with all levels of teaching/programming, (for religious school, adult learning or as applicable), including planning, communications, tracking, setup and other support.

 Maintain B’nei Mitzvah schedule from the planning process through the actual Bar or Bat Mitzvah, including scheduling, preparing documents, Shabbat pamphlet and ordering gifts. 

Complete a broad variety of fiscal administrative tasks for the Clergy, included but not limited to expense tracking/reimbursement

Provide administrative support for Ritual Committee, as needed.

 Provide backup assistance to receptionist and other administrative staff. 

 Perform other duties as needed without notice, as required.

Job Specifications: The position requires the following attributes. 
Effective written communication skills as well as the ability to handle written documents with discretion. 
Ability to type accurately and efficiently from rough draft, involving standard business vocabulary or limited range of specialized terminology, using common word processing programs with an excellent knowledge of MS Office. 
In-depth understanding of overall congregation operations, policies and procedures. 
Excellent oral communication skills to regularly assume a broad variety of moderately complex administrative details, such as arranging meetings, assembling documents containing confidential and sensitive information, and responding to questions or requests of important callers. 
Analytical ability necessary to handle moderately complex administration details, such as scheduling and planning work of others, and anticipating the needs of the rabbis. 
Exemplary planning, organizational and time management skills with an ability to multitask and prioritize daily workload. 
Schedule flexibility - to accommodate High Holy Days schedule and other times as necessary. 

This job description reflects the general nature level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. 
For questions about the Executive Assistant to the Clergy position, please contact David Simonds at