Permanent Rabbi

Interim Cantor


Permanent Rabbi

Who We Are, Where We Stand

The Danforth Jewish Circle (DJC) is a joyous and inclusive, accessible and inspiring Jewish community located in the heart of Riverdale. Our members include singles and families of all ages who come from diverse Jewish backgrounds and cultural traditions, interfaith and intercultural families, and the full spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities.

We are an egalitarian, unaffiliated community that is part of a larger progressive Jewish movement.  We share in the rich wisdom and inspiration of Jewish tradition and culture while seeking to challenge, explore, and reinterpret it.

What You Bring to the DJC

Who you are:

  • A brave leader who is willing to engage in hard conversations and wrestle with tough issues together with our community
  • An adaptable leader who is curious, humble, and approachable 
  • An inspiring leader who brings out-of-the-box thinking to our community
  • A people person at heart that recognizes the essential, long-lasting value in members contributing to a community that offers them a sense of belonging 

Your professional qualifications:

  • You are an experienced ordained rabbi or have equivalent skills or experience leading a Jewish community
  • You are adept at exploring the relevance of Jewish traditions to contemporary life
  • You are a learned teacher who can interpret texts in a way that is progressive, engaging and inclusive for community members of different ages and diverse identities
  • You have the ability to engage a diverse congregation in services and programs that integrate music, Jewish learning, culture and spirituality to create joyful Jewish spaces and build a sense of community
  • You possess the pastoral ability to support, celebrate and comfort our members through myriad Jewish life cycles and milestones
  • You can adapt to a schedule that unfolds at different rhythms throughout the year, and the flexibility to lead lifecycle events, individual and group b’nei mitzvot, services and programs, and provide pastoral care to our community
  • You have the ability to support our intergenerational learning through our vibrant school and b’nei mitzvah program
  • You are musical, a strong storyteller, and have the written and oral capacity to communicate complex and current issues impacting the Jewish community broadly and, in particular, the DJC
  • You can help the DJC strengthen and grow a safer and more diverse and inclusive Jewish community, attracting new members including: Jews of colour, interfaith and intercultural couples and families, LGBTTQ+, gender diverse, neurodiverse, differently abled, and from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds

How you work:

  • You are comfortable working in a grassroots-led community and collaborating with lay leaders
  • You have the flexibility to work both in-person and online
  • You can smoothly shift gears as you prepare for and lead programming for all ages, various types of services, community conversations and social justice action, support for individual community members, and holyday celebrations.
  • You have the collaboration skills to work with a dynamic staff team, the Board and community committees, the experience to expect the unexpected, and an even hand to deal with last-minute resets

What We Offer

Support from a collaborative team of committed staff, board, community and volunteers. We offer a dedicated administrative support person.

Competitive compensation and benefits.

This is a permanent, full-time position based in Toronto starting July 1, 2023.

Salary range:  $100,000 – $115,000 CDN plus benefits.

How To Apply

If you think you’re the right person for this role, please submit your resume and cover letter to info@djctoronto.comThe deadline for submissions is Feb. 15, 2023.

We are an equal opportunity organization that values diversity in people and we are committed to excellence and inclusion. We welcome resumes from underrepresented groups including visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ2s+ community. If you have a disability and require accommodation at any stage of the application process or hiring process, please call us at 416-580-6303 or email us at info@djctoronto.com

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those considered for an interview will be contacted.  No agencies please.


Interim Cantor

Who We Are, Where We Stand

The Danforth Jewish Circle (DJC) is a joyous and inclusive, accessible and inspiring Jewish community located in the heart of Toronto’s bustling, downtown neighbourhood of Riverdale. Our members include singles and families of all ages who come from diverse Jewish backgrounds and cultural traditions, interfaith and intercultural families, and the full spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities. 

We are an egalitarian, unaffiliated community that is part of a larger progressive Jewish movement. We are rich in wisdom and inspiration of Jewish traditions and culture while seeking to challenge, explore, and reinterpret it. We are a musical community that enjoys singing together and that is open to learning new melodies and prayers while holding on to those that are familiar to us. Music is a big part of our services and why many congregants attend.

We are searching for an interim Cantorial presence who is excited to share their enthusiasm for and knowledge of contemporary and classic Jewish music and who can support us up to and including High Holy Days 2023, with the potential to extend the contract through July 2024 or July 2025.

Learn more about our values and all the threads we weave into the fabric of our vibrant community by visiting us here.

Overview:

  • This is a part time position.
  • Provide musical leadership for High Holy Day services which include: Erev Rosh Hashanah, 1st Day Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidrei, Yom Kippur Morning, Neilah, Sukkoth, and Simchat Torah (services are 2 – 3 hours each, the cantor is not responsible for Torah or Haftorah chanting).
  • If the contract is extended until July 31, 2024 or 2025:
    • Two services per month for 8 months.
    • Two B’nei Mitzvahs including rehearsals and working with the BM students.
    • Two additional programs or services.
  • Be available to prepare worship with the Rabbi during the weeks and months leading up to the High Holidays. Work closely with our Rabbi, including rehearsals as requested, to create and lead meaningful worship services.
  • Work in partnership with the DJC Music Committee toward maintaining community musical presence in all our services.
  • It would be preferable, but not required, for the candidate to be able to play an instrument such as keyboard or guitar that can be used during a service to enhance the prayer experience.

Qualifications: 

  • You are an experienced cantor, a cantorial student, or someone in between.
  • Experienced in contributing, supporting and/or co-leading High Holy Day and other services.
  • Expertise in High Holyday liturgy and music.
  • Demonstrated vocal ability; we are particularly drawn to people who sing in the style of folk, soul and gospel.
  • You must be able to draw people into the experience, whether singing solo, with other singers, or with the congregation. You are good at creating ways for the congregation to join in to viscerally experience the joy and power of Jewish music and prayer.
  • Knowledge of traditional, diverse, and contemporary Jewish music.

Position Dates: July 1, 2023 to Oct 31, 2023, with the potential to extend the contract to July 31, 2024 or 2025.

Interim Cantor candidates will also be eligible to apply for permanent role when posted. 

Salary Range: Salary range is $15,000 to $50,000, commensurate with experience and scope of work.

Send the following information to info@djctoronto.com by Feb. 15, 2023:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume including names of at least 2 references
  • Videos/recordings/online link for excerpts of singing/chanting prayer service portions

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