Rabbi and Director of Spiritual Care at Miami Jewish Health Systems
About Greater Miami Jewish Federation:
The Mission of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation (GMJF) is to mobilize human and financial resources to care for those in need, strengthen Jewish life and advance the unity, values and shared purpose of the Jewish people in Miami, in Israel and around the world.
The Greater Miami Jewish Federation strives to create a caring, inclusive, and united community rooted in Jewish values and traditions. We embrace and value differences, such as ethnicity and national origin, religious denomination and spiritual practice, race, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic levels and mental and physical ability.
About Miami Jewish Health:
Miami Jewish Health (MJH) is a non-profit organization with an 80-year legacy of providing care for aging adults and some of our community’s most frail populations. More than 1,200 employees and partners are dedicated to providing the highest quality care to the 12,000 people we serve annually through a continuum of care that provides hope and purpose. Miami Jewish Health’s services include skilled nursing, independent, assisted, and long-term care residential options, support for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurocognitive disorders through MIND Institute, and Florida’s largest PACE program, Florida PACE Centers.
• Our mission is to honor and enrich lives with empathy, purpose and grace.
• Our vision is to be the leading source of healthy aging through our innovative continuum of care.
• Our core values are the guiding principles for our actions.
The Rabbi and Director of Spiritual Care is responsible to ensure residents and clients of MJH and their families receive culturally and religiously appropriate support. The Rabbi/Director will add value to MJH by supporting its mission and tradition of Jewish values throughout the Miami Jewish community and creating a standard of institutional excellence when it comes to the spiritual side of health care. The Rabbi/Director is an important part of MJH’s interdisciplinary team, promoting a holistic vision of care for the well-being of MJH residents and employees. The Rabbi/Director is particularly responsible for the spiritual care at the independent and assisted living facilities, Irving and Hazel Cypen Towers (ICT and HCT), as well as the skilled nursing and rehab facilities on the MJH campus. The Rabbi will chair the annual Ministering to the Elderly Conference in partnership with local Jewish agencies and be a part of the chaplaincy staff of Mishkan Miami, the Jewish Connection for Spiritual Support, and the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.
Monthly, Rabbi/Director will meet at GMJF with his/her formal supervisor, Director of Mishkan Miami and will provide a quantitative report. On a daily basis, the Rabbi/Director will report to the Executive Director, Cypen Towers at MJH to establish goals and priorities. Periodically, Director of Mishkan Miami will meet with the Executive Director of Cypen Towers.
During the 2020 pandemic, many of the responsibilities changed dramatically, including services on the TV and restriction of volunteers. It is our hope that in 2021 the situation will improve considerably.
1. Provide appropriate pastoral care (spiritual counsel) to residents, patients and their families. (Referrals will be provided by clinical staff.) Provide hospital visitation to residents when appropriate.
2. Manage the transition from the special arrangements in place during the pandemic to regular arrangements for services and holiday celebrations.
3. Provide Jewish programming at both ICT and HCT buildings. This will include a weekly Shabbat Morning Service and a Friday night program. Weekly Jewish learning will also be arranged.
4. Coordinate Friday pre-Shabbat programs.
5. Coordinate High Holiday Services, Annual Seder, and other Jewish holiday programs.
6. Provide periodic programming at other MJH facilities in coordination with recreational activities department.
7. Provide general supervision of the kashrut in the kitchens of the ICT and HCT buildings, including training sessions with the staff as needed and before major holidays.
8. Coordinate GMJF’s Spiritual Care Volunteers on site.
9. Serve as an active member of Mishkan Miami’s staff and chair the Ministering to the Elderly Conference in partnership with the Mishkan Miami Director. Serve as a member of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami.
10. Coordinate with volunteer department religious services with local clergy for non-Jewish patients, together with the activity directors of the various facilities.
11. Be available to officiate at funerals, unveilings, weddings and other family milestones, facilitating their needs and preferences with sensitivity towards Jewish tradition. Remuneration for these services to go directly to Rabbi/Director unless they are an MJH program.
12. Offer spiritual guidance for employees of all religious faiths.
13. Publish articles in the internal and community relations magazine focusing on the spiritual side of health care. Support the work of MJH’s marketing and development staff as needed.
14. Interface with local synagogues and agencies through providing educational and intergenerational programming, in conjunction with community relations.
15. Offer an annual orientation day for MJH (and if needed participate in new employee orientation) to educate and sensitize staff members to important cultural and religious issues relevant to the spiritual and emotional needs of Jewish residents.
16. Serve as a referral liaison for hospice or palliative care programs.
17. Perform other related duties as assigned
Terms of Employment
• One-year contract term starting on July 1, 2021, renewable annually on July 1. Start date is negotiable. The contract could be terminated by either party with a thirty day written notice.
• The Rabbi/Director is a direct employee of GMJF. Because the Rabbi/Director will be working at MJH facilities, s/he will be fully integrated with MJH staff.
• GMJF funds this position through a long-standing contractual arrangement with MJH, renewed annually. Therefore, this position is contingent upon this ongoing relationship.
• Rabbi/Director will provide 40 hours per week of on-site services at MJH, to include the period of Friday afternoon/night and all-day Shabbat. This period will be counted as fifteen hours, with an additional 25 hours to be served at Director’s discretion, in consultation with MJH.
• Rabbi/Director will designate two days a week as “weekend” days, not to include Friday or Shabbat.
• Room and board at MJH will be provided at no cost to Rabbi/Director at any time, but overnight stays are not counted towards the service hours.
• The Rabbi/Director will earn 22 paid vacation days annually.
• Rabbi/Director will be required to be on-site for Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, first and last days of Passover and Shavuot.
• Rabbi/Director will be provided with six additional paid days off at his/her discretion with prior approval by the supervisor. Paid legal holidays include Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, President’s Day, and July 4. If Rabbi/Director works on any of these days, s/he is entitled to take another day off as a paid holiday.
• Rabbi/Director is entitled to take off four Shabbats per annum with a three-week advance notice to the supervisor in ensure proper coverage.
• MJH will provide Rabbi/Director with a budget for professional development and give him/her time to attend conferences. MJH will reimburse Rabbi/Director for travel to local hospitals to visit MJH residents.
• If Rabbi/Director opts to take further CPE courses, GMJF will pay for the program, subject to approval by the supervisor.
• Rabbi/Director will attend GMJF’s relevant in-house professional development programs, as well as Mishkan Miami initiatives and committee meetings.
• Compensation range for this position is $80,000-$95,000 per year. Benefits and parsonage are available.
• GMJF employee manual will apply to any other terms not discussed in the job description or contract.
Qualifications and Competencies
• Rabbinical ordination and Bachelor’s degree.
• Experience in leading synagogue services and Jewish holiday activities. Torah reading ability strongly preferred.
• Previous experience in working with older populations. Empathetic and caring personality, and flexibility in dealing with all situations.
• Chaplaincy and CPE training. Board Certification preferred.
• Strong writing and communication skills.
• Ability to work with Jewish people of different backgrounds regarding Jewish observance and knowledge. Ability to work with people from all cultural and religious backgrounds.
• Knowledge of Spanish and other foreign languages preferred.
Please submit cover letter and resume to Mishkanjob@gmjf.org.
Greater Miami Jewish Federation is an equal opportunity employer.
No recruiters please.