Rabbis are teachers and spiritual guides. Rabbis can be teachers in schools or Talmudic academies or can act as spiritual leaders of Synagogue communities.
They can run outreach movements and charities, act as hospital/army/prison/university chaplains or in some cases, hold down everyday jobs without using their Rabbinic qualification.
How to Address a Rabbi
Rabbis are addressed and referred to in speech as, for example, Rabbi Cohen.
The recommended (social) style of address is as follows:
|Beginning of letter||Dear Rabbi Cohen|
|End of letter||Yours sincerely|
|Envelope||The Rev Rabbi Joseph Cohen|
|Invitation||The Rev Rabbi Joseph Cohen|
|Joint invitation*||The Rev Rabbi Joseph and Mrs Cohen|
|Description in conversation||Rabbi Cohen|
|List of Directors or Patrons||The Rev Rabbi Joseph Cohen|
*Note: Traditionally, invitations to a married couple, when sent to their home address, are addressed to the wife alone, with both names being inscribed on the invitation card. It has become increasingly acceptable, however, to address the envelope with both names.