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Temple Israel is widely recognized as the largest reform temple in New England, and it is one of the most prominent synagogues in the greater Boston area. Temple Israel is known for offering an array of Jewish experiences and cultural and social programming, including interfaith inclusion and social justice activism. Our historic building is home to a K-12 Religious School, a well-renowned preschool, and Beacon Academy, an independent school for urban youth. Through our website, email blasts, social media presence, and print media, we strive to communicate the benefits of affiliation and membership. In addition to spiritual connection, Temple Israel offers volunteer opportunities, social justice outreach, education programs, youth group activities, and inter-generational events. It has initiated a multi-year process for revitalization called the TI Project: Shaping Our Future, with the objective to sustain congregational life by fostering meaningful, transformative relationships.

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Membership and Engagement Associate


Temple Israel is seeking an experienced and personable Membership and Engagement Associate to manage all membership and engagement related activities. We are seeking a motivated self-starter with great people skills who can take our existing processes and enhance them to improve recruitment and retention practices. The position is a pivotal role for the success of Temple Israel, and requires dependability, the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and a high level of professionalism.

The successful candidate will have the ability to work independently, with a proven track record of self-direction, follow-through, and dependability. Excellent oral and written communications skills, keen attention to detail, and stellar customer service and interpersonal skills are a must. The candidate should be able to relate to the wide spectrum of Temple Israel constituencies, and cultivate strong organizational proficiency.

This is a wonderful opportunity for an energetic and proactive professional with a passion and commitment for synagogue life. Vibrant applicants with a sense of humor and a desire for longevity in this role are encouraged to apply. This position reports to the Executive Director, and works closely with the Senior Rabbi, Engagement Rabbi, and a group of dedicated volunteers.


Membership and Engagement Responsibilities

  • Warmly welcome new and prospective members, helping them develop a sense of belonging to the synagogue and build connections within the community
  • Be a part of developing and implementing strategies for engaging those in our congregational orbit
  • Recruit new members and execute outreach strategies
  • Develop and implement member retention techniques
  • Provide support to temple lay-leaders and volunteers on projects and events including Shabbat dinners, new member gatherings, and external events
  • Work closely with our Engagement Rabbi to build and implement engagement strategies
  • Track trends regarding membership and involvement and report to the Executive Director, board, and senior staff

Administrative and CRM Responsibilities (Salesforce)

  • Maintain data integrity of the database by updating member records and processing new member applications including coordination of billing and abatements
  • Provide phone and email support to temple members by responding to inquiries about life cycle events, ways to get involved, billing, member options, and engagement pathways
  • Manage all administrative aspects of membership including our annual renewal process
  • Coordinate membership billing and abatement process with our finance team

Other Responsibilities

  • Manage High Holy Day ticketing including member, non-member, and reciprocal requests
  • Support the efforts of the Membership Committee, ensuring their success


  • Familiarity with Jewish life cycle events and an appreciation for the importance of a synagogue in a Jewish community is a plus
  • 5+ years of experience in related field
  • Working knowledge of and a passion for synagogue life
  • Ability to interact with confidentiality, integrity, and tact when working with the diverse community
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail, even under tight deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and autonomously and exhibit strong follow-through
  • Superb time-management skills are a must
  • A demonstrated track record with database management (specifically Salesforce is a plus)
  • High computer literacy: adept in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook); familiarity with databases and online marketing
  • Experience with Board and lay-leadership committee relations is a plus

Hours are generally 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with sometimes-significant evening and weekend hours, including major Jewish holidays. Salary commensurate with experience.

Executive Assistant and Riverway Project Coordinator
About Temple Israel
Temple Israel of Boston has been an integral part of Boston’s Jewish and civic life for over 165 years. We proudly balance our status as the largest Reform congregation in New England with our efforts to foster close, intimate, meaningful, and transformative connections by living Judaism together through discovery, dynamic spirituality, and righteous impact. Our community offers an array of religious, cultural, and social programming aimed at fostering community, interfaith interactions, and inclusion. Eighteen years ago Temple Israel launched The Riverway Project, a groundbreaking initiative to connect young Jews in their 20’s and 30’s to Judaism through Temple Israel. The Riverway Project has received national acclaim for its creativity and innovation. Through TIkkun Central, we are pursuers of justice and compassion, and are intentional about creating space to gather, reflect, and open up paths to this work to all who want to explore their own involvement. The Executive Assistant and Riverway Project Coordinator position supports two of our rabbis in these program areas and enhances the community’s pursuit to fulfill Temple Israel’s mission.

Executive Assistant and Riverway Project Coordinator
The Executive Assistant to two of our rabbis is a full time, non-exempt position, responsible for providing administrative and programmatic support and coordination.
Executive Assistant to Associate Rabbi/Director of the Riverway Project (50%)
Provide support and coordination of programs that are under the Rabbi’s portfolio.
Scheduling, Calendaring, Purchasing, Welcoming Guests and other tasks
Life Cycle and Holiday preparation assistance
High Holy Day and Shabbat Logistical Support
Riverway Project Coordinator
Work closely with Riverway Project Director and Riverway Network Weaver and assist in the coordination of the Riverway Leadership Team to advance the vision and strategic plans of the Project, including our new relational Squad model, Riverway Shabbats, Riverway Cafe, and many other types of gatherings.
Foster relationships with and among young adults as directed by Riverway Director
Facilitate programs and gatherings, including setting up and being present
Manage communications efforts including Facebook, Instagram,, Twitter, Website, and weekly newsletter
Grant Support & Data Collection
Outreach and Engagement
Assist in Open Door programming for people exploring and rediscovering Judaism; support our conversion to Judaism program; administer Adult B’nei Mitzvah
Administer Small Groups initiative
Assist in coordination of outreach events for the Village for Families with Young Children
Liaising with the Village Coordinator and Family Connectors: publicity and event planning

Executive Assistant to Assistant Rabbi (50%)
Rabbinic Administrative Support
Scheduling, Calendaring, Purchasing, and other tasks
Life cycle and Holiday preparation assistance
High Holy Day and Shabbat Logistical Support

Assist coordination of TIkkun Central, our network for justice and compassion
Coordinate meetings, volunteers, and communications
Assist coordination of MLK Shabbat Tzedek in January

Administer 10th Grade Confirmation Program
Assist Coordination of Confirmation Shabbat in May

Qualifications and Skills
Agility with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Davka, Google Docs, DropBox, Canva, Constant Contact, Salesforce and other communication platforms
Exemplary written and verbal skills
Tenacious attention to detail, even under tight deadlines
Ability to prioritize tasks and manage multiple projects
Professional, diplomatic, and discreet with confidential matters
Knowledge of the local Jewish landscape, synagogue life, Judaism, Jewish holiday cycle, and

Hebrew desired but not necessary
Patience and sense of humor
Bachelor’s degree required

Salary is commensurate with experience.

About The Riverway Project (
Named after the location of Temple Israel of Boston, the Riverway Project is a bold, exciting initiative that connects adults in their 20’s and 30’s to each other and to Judaism at Temple Israel. Through study, worship, and justice work, the Riverway Project creates opportunities and “entry points” into Jewish growth. Our goal is for participants to feel comfortable and connected as they explore their Jewish selves and expand their community. Our participants are individuals, couples and families, multiracial families, gay and straight, Jews by birth and by choice, non-Jewish partners and spouses. Some Riverway Project events take place at Temple Israel, while others occur in participants’ homes in neighborhoods in and around Boston/Cambridge.

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