Career Announcement and Other News

I am kvelling. That’s Yiddish for “bursting with joy.”

Why am I kvelling? Because I have a job. It is good to be employed at any time, but even more so in this economy.

I have known for some time that I would need to cut my rabbi’s salary in half. Times have been hard and though the congregation is strong at Tikvat David (, the budget has been in need of massive cuts.

At the same time I had a need, the growing Messianic Jewish Theological Seminary had a need: a need for someone to oversee all media, including print, web, and someday radio and television. I have been hired as the half-time Media Coordinator, a post which will involve communications savvy, marketing, and project management. This means some new skill-sets for me to learn and yet it all involves my favorite thing to be in this world: a disseminator of God’s Torah and Besorah (good news). And I get to work with a set of brilliant scholars and communicators, including Rabbi Drs. Mark Kinzer, Stuart Dauermann, David Rudolph, and Rich Nichol as well as soon-to-be Dr. Carl Kinbar.

So, I am a half-time rabbi and a half-time Media Coordinator for MJTI. Okay, well, probably both jobs are 3/4 time and so I now must become 1 1/2 times the man I used to be. And I couldn’t be more thrilled.


About Derek Leman

IT guy working in the associations industry. Formerly a congregational rabbi. Dad of 8. Nerd.
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3 Responses to Career Announcement and Other News

  1. judahgabriel says:

    Congrats, Derek! Sounds like a great fit for you.

  2. wordpress4kerner says:

    Congratulations on that… wonderful work & wonderful chaverim to work with… hope Linda & the kids still get to see you from time to time!

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