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FAQs for Individuals/Families                  FAQs for Rabbis

 

What is Rabbi.com?

Rabbi.com creates an easy-to-use, much-needed, online marketplace where individuals with needs of a rabbi can quickly, easily and informatively connect and enter into an agreement for the services of a rabbi .

Rabbi.com replaces the traditional, time-consuming, and frustrating process for individuals hiring rabbi  with a centralized, efficient, and transparent online directory and rabbi services referral process.

 

How do I use Rabbi.com?

Rabbi.com allows you to easily search, contact and book rabbis, cantors or mohel from the comfort of your living room — and to get started on your way to booking a rabbi, cantor or mohel for your lifecycle event, please follow these easy steps:

  1. Search by denomination/affiliation type and geographical location on the Rabbi.com Directory page:  http://rabbi.com/rabbi-synagogue-directory/
  2. Browse rabbis, cantors or mohels Profile – compare photos, video and audio samples, descriptions and client reviews
  3. Contact rabbis, cantors or mohels directly by clicking the “contact” button
  4. Securely book a rabbis, cantors or mohel through the Rabbi.com website.
  5. OR Post a Rabbi Services Gig Request  and have multiple rabbis come to you, as opposed to individuals having to search out and contact a rabbi .  This will make the rabbi hiring process less intimidating, more efficient and more rewarding.

 

FAQs for Clients

 

Q: Is it free to set up an account?

A: Yes, it is completely FREE. You pay absolutely nothing to use the website. To post a ‘rabbi gig request’ all you have to do is sign up, which is quick and easy. To search the Directory independently no account sign up is necessary.

 

Q: How do I find the rabbi that is right for me?

A: You can find the right rabbi for you one of two ways.

1) You can search for rabbis in the Rabbi.com Directory (no account needed) using search criteria such as location of the lifecycle event, denomination(s)  involved and more.

2) Or once you have an account, you can post your rabbinic needs, ‘rabbi gig request’, which multiple rabbis review and then email you to tell you how they can help you.

Q: Which way is better—searching the Rabbi.com Directory for a rabbi or posting a ‘rabbi gig request’ summary of my needs?

A: It is all about preference. If you are willing to search for rabbis on your own, contact the rabbis that seem to be a good fit, find out their rates, and see if they are interested in officiating for you, then searching the Directory for a rabbi could work for you. However, if you would rather post ‘rabbi gig request’ , a quick summary of your rabbinic needs and have rabbis come to you that will likely cut down on the time and hassle it will take for you to evaluate and find the perfect  rabbi that is just right for you.

 

Q: How do I post my Rabbi Gig Request  needs?

A: Simply click the “Post Your Rabbi Gig Request  Needs” button, fill out the project posting form to the best of your ability, add any additional questions you would like rabbis to answer, and submit the summary for review by all applicable rabbis.
Q: What questions should I ask rabbis when posting my rabbi needs?

A: You should ask rabbis anything you would like an answer to. The officiating rabbi will influence the tone of ceremony so it is important you communicate your preferences to customize customs, rituals, and traditions desired. Typical questions can, and should, include questions such as, rituals performed at ceremony; can we design and personalize the ceremony?

 

Q: Will my contact information be included with my ‘Rabbi Gig Request’ project posting?

A: No, your project posting is completely ANONYMOUS and your contact information will not be included.

 

Q: Once I have posted my rabbi needs, what do I do next?

A: Once you have posted your rabbi needs, interested rabbis will send you emails to  discuss those needs, but that may take some time—sometimes, a few hours and sometimes, a few days. Emails from interested rabbis will be emailed directly to you and all emails submitted will appear on your Client Rabbi Gig Request  Homepage, so you can quickly and easily review and evaluate your options from that page.

 

Q: How do I determine which rabbi is best for me?

A: Evaluate the rabbi emails and read the directory profile for each rabbi that responded. Ask yourself questions such as, which rabbi’s approach is most helpful? Which rabbi’s directory profile is the most impressive? Which rabbi answered your questions in the most informative, helpful, and direct manner? Which rabbi’s rates and credentials line up best with what you are looking for? Which rabbi is rated the best? Then, weigh the answers to those questions, and select the rabbi that is the best fit for you.

 

Q: How do I know how much a rabbi charges?

A: Price quotes come directly from the rabbis themselves and are unique to every rabbinic event. You can view an anonymous list of a rabbi’s recent bids by clicking on the hyperlinked ‘Pay Range’ from either the rabbi’s Profile or on the search results page. This will display a list of actual recent bids and will give you an idea of rabbi’s typical rates.

 

Q: Am I under any obligation to use the rabbis I’ve contacted through Rabbi.com s?

A: You are under no obligation to hire any rabbis, cantors or mohel whom you contact through Rabbi.com.

 

 Q: Once I have identified the best rabbi for me, how do I hire that rabbi?

A: Rabbi Services Link helps you find the best rabbi for you, but is not involved in the hiring process, which is done entirely off-line. If you searched for an rabbi, you need to contact that rabbi directly using the rabbi’s contact information in his or her profile. If you posted your rabbi project, once you have found the best rabbi for you, click on the “Accept Application” link or button. An email addressed to the rabbi you have selected will be automatically generated for you review and modification, including your contact information and asking the rabbi to contact you to further discuss the representation. Once you have sent that email and you and the rabbi are in direct contact, you should discuss and finalize the details of the representation. If, after talking with the rabbi, you decide to hire him or her, the hiring process is done entirely off-line, without Rabbi Services Link’s involvement.

 

FAQs for Rabbis

 

Q: How do I get started?

A: The first step to getting hired by potential clients is to sign up for your FREE Rabbi Services Referral Network account, and create your rabbi profile. Your Directory profile is the first thing potential clients will see when searching for you or evaluating the emails you send in response to their project postings. In order to make a good first impression, you should ensure that your profile is as complete and informative as possible.

 

ALL ordained rabbis are encouraged and invited to contribute educational content to share words of Torah in an effort to  expand the Jewish horizons of others.

 

Q: Is it free to set up an account?

A: It is completely free to set up an account, and post your basic profile. It is also completely free to review rabbi projects posted by potential clients. However, if you want to respond to a project posting and connect with that client, you need a Premium Account, which is $450 annually. Once you have a Premium Account, you can respond to as many projects and connect with as many potential clients as you like.

 

 Q: How do I find relevant rabbi projects?

A: Once you have created your Rabbi Services Link account, the rabbi projects that have been posted in your geographical area, within your denomination, will be emailed to you and listed on the ‘gig request needs’ page. If you want to search for rabbi projects in other cities and /or other denomination areas, you can also do that from the Gig Request Homepage. Simply click on “Find Work” at the top of the page, and you will be directed to a page that lists all rabbi projects and helps you search for projects by various criteria.

 

Q: Once I have found a rabbi project that I want to pursue, how do I do that?

A: If you have a Premium Account and would like to respond to a rabbi project that has been emailed to you or posted on the website, log in to your account, find the project, click on the project title, click on “Connect With this Client,” and then draft and send an email to the client regarding the project.  If you do not have a Premium Account, then you need to upgrade to a Premium Account, and can then respond to any and all rabbi projects.

 

Q: Once I have responded to a rabbi project, how do I get hired?

A: After reviewing and evaluating your email, the potential client will then determine whether to reach out to you to continue the hiring process.  If a potential client ultimately decides to hire you after discussing the rabbi project with you, that hiring process currently is done entirely off-line, without Rabbi Services Link’s involvement.

 

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Rabbi.com recognizes that one of the greatest challenges facing the Jewish community today is to develop long term educational strategies that will insure sustainability of our heritage.

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While synagogues in the past had served as an important role within Jewish society, today Synagogues are no longer connecting Jews with the community.

  • Synagogue membership throughout the United States is on the decline.
  • American Jews are increasingly less likely to join synagogues because they are no longer finding meaning inside Synagogue walls.
  • Most Younger Jews who are not affiliated with any denomination receive no Jewish education as compared to a half century ago when most Jewish children attended Hebrew school classes after school.

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Inspired by TED style Talks, Rabbi.com Talks   are devoted to spreading Torah insights, in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less) that covers  all Torah topics — from science to business to global issues. Rabbi TALKS are engaging videos, they are effective fun ways to learn.
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