CAREERS AT THE TEMPLE

Available Positions:

Kindergarten Teacher

The Temple Trager ECEC is looking for its next spectacular Kindergarten teacher for the 2024-2025 school year. We are seeking a passionate, enthusiastic individual who will promote the love of learning and facilitate the children’s intellectual, emotional, and social development. Please call 502-423-1444 or email julie@thetemplelouky.org for more information.

To apply, please contact Julie Simon at julie@thetemplelouky.org or (502) 423-1444.

The Temple Archives Project Historian

The Temple, Kentucky’s oldest and largest Jewish congregation, is seeking a Project Historian, to bring our exhibit based Temple Archives into the 21st century. The position is a full-time though temporary, project-based, contract employee who would be responsible for making the Archives more engaging and accessible for members of the congregation, visitors, and academic historians through on-site interactive displays and information and displays available on the web. Candidates for this six month position should have a Master’s degree in Public History or the equivalent. They will work under the direction of a Rabbi of The Temple with a plan towards organizing the Archives in such a way as to prepare for ongoing annual projects to be developed by Interns in Public History.

As a founding congregation of Reform Judaism in America, The Temple Archives has significant holdings concerning the history or our congregation, its rabbis and lay leaders who played important roles in the establishment of the Reform movement, as well as leadership in the broader community. Scholarly publications in American Jewish History have be based on our extensive historical, financial and genealogical records. As a leading congregation in the establishment of Reform Judaism in America, the expansion of the role of women in congregational life, and the engagement of the congregation in community affairs, The Temple Archives offers a wealth of material to congregation, community, and scholars alike.

The Temple Archives is a museum quality, climate controlled, 1000 square foot space including eight well lit glass cases, four large wall displays, three external glass cases spread in public spaces of The Temple, and a secure storage office with sliding shelves, book cases, and vertical files representing approximately 750 linear feet of collected material. Our holdings include: Our founding charter from 1843; Minute books, Annual meetings, cemetery, and financial records from 1848 and forward; Sisterhood records, religious school records, congregational publications, rabbinic papers and sermons, correspondence of prominent members like Justice Louis D. Brandeis. Special displays include Torah Scrolls which survived the Holocaust, early prayerbooks of Reform Judaism, women’s liturgy, sacred objects and pictures from the sanctuaries of our previous six Temples, photographs, books and artifacts of Isaac W. Bernheim and other prominent lay leaders of our congregation.

The project historian would be tasked with organizing this material in a more detailed and accessible form for visitors, scholars, and future interns, adding pictures and description to bring that catalogue to life. Specific tasks developed and prioritized along with the Project Historian will include:

  • Create a model in-person interactive display for Archives visitors with a version that could be put on our website as a teaser for future visitors to explore and as a sample for future interns to follow.
  • Create a more complete and prominent Archives and museum website to highlight our holdings, engage visitors on the web, and to make accessible key holdings to scholars and academics.
  • Identify and prioritizing specific projects within our holdings for future interactive displays and research, providing detailed criteria and project outcomes for future interns to follow.
  • Producing a more detailed catalogue/collections guide to identify and define projects for interactive displays and to facilitate placing the collections on WorldCat and Archive Finder connecting our holdings for genealogical researchers and scholars worldwide.
  • Investigate platforms for sharing “exhibits” or “stories” for on-site and on-line interactive displays, selecting that platform in consultation with our staff, coordinating with our congregational website, social media, and App and advising us on any hardware or software needed to implement these Archive displays.
  • In consultation with Temple staff, develop plans for marketing the Archives and its holdings to engage our congregation and community in utilizing these resources.

Academic background in American Jewish History is not required. Salary for this position is $24,000 for the six month period of employment. No additional benefits are provided. Start day negotiable within certain parameters. Interviews may be conducted in person or via Zoom. Contact Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport, Ph.D. at The Temple for further details.

Resumes and inquiries about the position may be directed to: santa@thetemplelouky.org

The Temple is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, age, creed, sexual orientation or any other protected class.

To apply, please contact santa@thetemplelouky.org or (502) 423-1818.

Maintenance Team Member

The Temple is hiring a new Maintenance Team member to help support our amazing maintenance team (Terry, Gene, and Dan & Bailey) with all the responsibilities needed to keep The Temple in proper working order and appearance.

This is a full-time position with flexible scheduling hours for late afternoon or evenings, with mandatory weekends. The job description is attached. Qualified candidates should submit a resume to Santa Brink, our fabulous Front Office Coordinator, at santa@thetemplelouky.org.

Please feel free to inquire or pass along to anyone who you believe could be interested.

To apply, please contact Santa at santa@thetemplelouky.org or (502) 423-1818.

Organization Summary

The Temple in Louisville is Kentucky’s oldest and largest Jewish congregation. Established in 1843 as K.K. Adas Israel, The Temple was a founding member of Reform Judaism’s Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now Union for Reform Judaism) and an early proponent of Reform in American Jewish life. When Reform Judaism began in 1873, The Temple in Louisville was the second largest congregation in the movement.

Throughout its long history, The Temple has stood as an active and vocal proponent for the cause of Reform which is now the largest branch of American Judaism with over 1.5 million members and 900 member congregations throughout the United States and Canada.  We take pride in our commitment to instill in each generation of our congregation, the essential values of our Jewish faith, the deeper understanding of our heritage and our future, and the involvement of our people toward the betterment of our community as a whole. For over 175 years, the rabbis and lay leaders of The Temple have brought strength, vision, and insight into the lives of our members, the broader Jewish community and the city of Louisville at large.

Louisville is a city of arts, parks, neighborhoods, festivals, and genuinely nice people.  It is a great place to raise a family and a great place to enjoy all the benefits of a vibrant city without sacrificing a calmer, more fulfilled life!  See the link below for a more complete picture of all that Louisville has to offer.

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MISSION STATEMENT

The Mission of The Temple is to:.

  • Be a center for Reform Judaism in Louisville, Kentucky.

  • Provide spiritual guidance and strength through the practice of Judaism

  • Emphasize the ideals and objectives of Reform Judaism through worship, education, congregational programming, social justice, and our community relationships

  • Promote the perpetuation of our Jewish heritage