Congregation Bet Mishpachah is recruiting a choir director to bring new energy and inspiration to our services. Bet Mishpachah is a congregation for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Jews and all who wish to participate in an inclusive, egalitarian, and mutually supportive community. Since its founding in 1975, our congregation has grown to over 200 members and holds services in the Dupont and Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC.

Tach’shitim – “Jewels” – is the Bet Mishpachah choir, which strives to adorn and enhance the value and beauty of congregants’ experience at services. Formed in the late 1980s, Tach’shitim adds to the beauty of Shabbat, Festival, and High Holy Day services with their music, which they customarily perform without instrumental accompaniment. Additionally, the choir has performed throughout the Washington and Baltimore areas in concerts and interfaith services. Tach’shitim’s current singers are all volunteers and congregants, and currently about 8 singers participate in any given performance. Like some wines, jewels get better with age, and we believe that Tach’shitim has become finer as the years have gone by. To build on this, we are looking for a director to strengthen and expand the choir.

Candidates of all religions, gender identities, and sexual orientations are welcome to apply for the choir director position, which is a part-time, paid position with a one-year renewable contract. To apply, please send a resume and a statement of interest including your hourly wage requirements (to be kept confidential) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications must be received by February 20, 2018.

The Tach’shitim Director’s responsibilities include:

● Membership:

o Review Tach’shitim’s current membership and assess strengths and weaknesses, to inform the needs to be met through recruitment of new members.

o Working with Tach’shitim members, recruit additional members for Tach’shitim through an audition process to be determined.

● Performances:

o Conduct Tach’shitim’s participation in High Holy Day services (typically including Erev Rosh Hashana, Rosh Hashana morning [first day only], Kol Nidre, and Yom Kippur morning, Yizkor, Mincha, and N’ila services).

o Working with the Bet Mishpachah Board of Directors, clergy, and Tach’shitim members, select 3-4 additional dates (beyond High Holy Days) for Tach’shitim to sing at services. In the past, this has often included Pride month (June), Jewish Music Month (February), and Chanukah (December).

o Work with clergy and service/event leaders to coordinate Tach’shitim’s role in High Holy Days and other services and events.

● Rehearsals

o Set schedule for and lead rehearsals for High Holy Days for approximately three months during the summer.

o Set schedule and lead rehearsals for other services and events at which Tach’shitim is singing throughout the year.

● Repertory:

o Working with Tach’shitim members, review Tach’shitim’s current, extensive repertory of music.

o Determine what can realistically be performed with the existing Tach’shitim membership.

o Identify new music to add to the repertory.

Candidates should possess the following qualifications:

● Prior experience as a choral director or assistant director, including prior experience directing choral singing without instrumental accompaniment. Experience singing in

choirs is preferred.

● Availability for weekly rehearsals for three months beginning in late spring/early summer to prepare for the High Holy Days. Rehearsals for the 2018 High Holy Days must begin no later than early June.

● Basic piano/keyboard skills.

● Effective teaching, communication, organizational, and leadership skills.

● A degree in a music field is preferred. Current music students with prior experience directing choirs are welcome to apply.

● Familiarity with Jewish music, the Jewish liturgy, and the Hebrew language are preferred, but not required.