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Hebrew School Educators 2024-2025 (part-time, 2 hrs/week)

Since its founding in 1825, B’nai Jeshurun (BJ), a non-affiliated synagogue on the Upper West Side, has been at the forefront of the American Jewish experience. As it approaches its third century, our vision remains focused on the spiritual work of transformation and on the creation of a Jewish path that is authentic, profound, and helps all members of the community seek and live their purpose to the fullest. 

BJ’s spiritual leaders, Rabbis Rolando Matalon, Felicia Sol, and Rebecca Weintraub, and Hazzan Ari Priven, as well as BJ’s nearly 1,900 member families, share a vision of a diverse, dynamic, and inclusive community that offers many paths to Jewish religious life while supporting one another in their spiritual quests. BJ is committed to honoring tradition while re-imagining and innovating its practices and programs to create a vibrant, contemporary, and relevant Jewish life for all who seek it.

Job Overview

B’nai Jeshurun is seeking part-time creative, dedicated educators to teach in our Hebrew School program, Kadima@BJ. We are searching for enthusiastic and knowledgeable individuals to fill the role of Lead Teacher, as well as multiple Assistant Teacher positions, and who will partner with us in keeping Judaism relevant and exciting for our students and their families. 

Our Kadima@BJ program places an emphasis on tefillah, spirituality, music, and community. Kadima@BJ meets on Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00 PM. Teachers are expected to arrive by 3:40 PM to prepare their classrooms, and should expect to leave around 6:20 PM after returning materials.  

Kadima@BJ teachers report to the Associate Director of Family Life and Learning. 

LEAD TEACHER
Primary Responsibilities
  • Act as a positive Jewish role model for our students
  • Collaborate with Associate Director of Family Life and Learning to create lesson plans to engage students in subject material
  • Share weekly email updates with parents about class projects and subject material
  • Maintain accurate records of student performance, behavior, and learning challenges
  • Report all behavioral issues to Associate Director of Family Life and Learning in a timely manner; work with Associate Director, Inclusion Specialist, and family as necessary to address issues
  • Ensure a safe and healthy environment for learning
  • Attend professional development sessions as scheduled by the Associate Director of Family Life and Learning (paid at hourly rate)
Qualifications, Skills, and Experience
  • At least two years prior experience teaching and writing lesson plans or other educational programs (i.e., camp programs, individual tutoring sessions, etc.)
  • Strong Jewish knowledge
  • Patience and flexibility
  • Strong communication skills
Compensation

We offer a competitive salary, professional development, mentoring, and the opportunity to work in a collaborative environment. This is a part-time teaching position and compensation is $50-58/hour for teaching depending on experience, plus $30 per hour for lesson planning (up to 30 hours of lesson planning per year).

ASSISTANT TEACHER
Primary Responsibilities 
  • Act as a positive Jewish role model for our students
  • Assist Lead Teacher in implementing lesson plans
  • Assist individual students as needed to help them thrive in the classroom
  • Ensure a safe and healthy environment for learning in connection with all school activities
Qualifications, Skills, and Experience
  • Jewish knowledge and background
  • Experience working with children (i.e., camp, babysitting, etc.)
  • Patience and flexibility
  • Desire to create relationships with students and lead teacher
Compensation

We offer a competitive salary, professional development, mentoring, and the opportunity to work in a collaborative environment. This is a part-time teaching position and compensation is $40/hour

Working Conditions/Physical Demands

Teachers must be able to travel to B’nai Jeshurun’s location (270 West 89th Street, New York NY 10024). Stooping, bending, and reaching for and carrying files or supplies, and sitting or standing for extended periods of time are common.

To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to Danielle Freedman Wald, Senior Program Administrator at dfreedmanwald@bj.org with the subject line, “Hebrew School Educators.”

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

B’nai Jeshurun is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in recognition of its values, commitment to social justice, and responsibility to its spiritual leaders and staff, congregants, and the communities within which it lives and works. It strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, veterans, immigrants, and LGBTQIA+ applicants.