PunkTorah, a Jewish not-for-profit organization, is an online, pluralistic Jewish community whose mission is to empower independent, Jewish spirituality through a global, multimedia network. We are the parent organization of both Darshan Yeshiva (darshanyeshiva.org) and Pluralistic Rabbinical Seminary (jewishpluralism.org), and we prioritize diversity and inclusion in our hiring and operations. We hope you do, too!
Darshan Yeshiva is the leading provider of online Jewish adult educational programming with a focus on beginners and Jews by choice. For nearly a decade, we have been working with Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, Jewish Renewal, Secular Humanistic, and post-denominational rabbis and cantors to support individuals from all over the world who are interested in creating a more meaningful connection to Judaism through pluralistic Jewish learning and conversion.
Come work with us!
Mentor for Conversion to Judaism – Rabbi or Cantor (Europe, Asia or Africa)
Reporting to: Director, Darshan Yeshiva
Department: Darshan Yeshiva
Compensation: Based upon the number of students
Employment Type: Part-time, Contract; not eligible for benefits
Position Timeline: We are continuously hiring for this position. The position will begin as soon as possible once the job offer has been accepted.
In addition to introductory and comprehensive Jewish learning, Darshan Yeshiva offers a distance learning-based conversion to Judaism program featuring Conservative, Reform, Jewish Renewal, and Secular Humanistic rabbis or cantors. Currently, Darshan Yeshiva seeks multiple clergy to join our growing team, serving as conversion mentors and facilitators.
Rabbis/cantors work with students via distance learning remotely or in-person with no travel required. After students complete their conversion education, rabbis provide the beit din and mikveh, facilitating their conversion to Judaism. Brit milah or hatafat dam brit is facilitated elsewhere.
The ideal candidate must have:
- Ordination or investment as a rabbi or cantor (MHL or similar)
- Experience working with adult students
- Knowledge of the conversion process and the experience of conversion students
- Ability to facilitate mikvah and bet din in your local area
- Technological skills, such as using Skype, Zoom, email, etc.
- Willingness to learn new things and adjust to different ways of providing Jewish education
We accept rabbis and cantors of any denomination (Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, Renewal, Secular Humanistic) or post-denominational; however, we do not accept Messianic rabbis or similar.
In addition, while we love our New York, Florida, and California Jewish communities, preference will be given to rabbis outside of these areas. In particular, we are currently recruiting for clergy in Europe, Africa and Asia.
Our mentors are paid on a per-student, per-month basis. They are able to set their own rates based on how many students they wish to take on. They are only paid to be mentors to our eager, engaged students. So no meetings, no boards, no presidents, and no donors — just you and your students! Our format makes this role an incredible opportunity for a rabbi or cantor seeking additional income at any stage in their career.
Persons interested in this position should submit a cover letter and resume highlighting related experience. Please submit your cover letter and resume via email to email@example.com and include “Conversion Mentor” in the subject line. Applications submitted without this in the subject line will not be considered.