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7 Apr 2022

Part-Time Assistant Teacher

SAJ-Judaism that Stands for All 15 W 86th Street

Job Description

About SAJ

SAJ (formerly known as Society for the Advancement of Judaism, now SAJ-Judaism that Stands for All), is the home of Reconstructionist Judaism – site of the first ever Bat Mitzvah in North America, of the daughter of founder Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan. This year 5782/2021-2022 we are celebrating our Centennial!

SAJ’s commitment to Reconstructionist Judaism involves innovative Jewish ritual and approaches to God, Torah, and peoplehood, empowering teachers to teach creatively, and encouraging students of all ages to ask authentic questions.  Our community is values-based, both in curriculum and in administration.  Learn more about SAJ on our website  or on Facebook

About Reconstructionist Judaism:

About the Program

Our synagogue-school program is called Makom, in modern Hebrew meaning “place” and with spiritual connotations of a holy dwelling place.

Our main weekly program is Saturday 10:00am -12:00pm at 15 W 86th Street in New York NY, with the occasional supplemental Professional Development meeting afterwards, 12:00pm-2:00pm

For the sake of pikuach nefesh/saving lives, all applicants for the Saturday positions for the 5782/2021-2022 school year must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and willing to work in person while wearing masks with children.

And, informed by our Covid Safety Task Force, we flip to online Zoom based learning on a week by week basis.

About this position:

Assistant 5th Grade Teacher


  • Support the implementation of a ~90 minute lesson plan made by your Lead Teacher.
  • Be a supportive informally engaging presence during the ~30 minute (at this time, multiaccess) tefilah/prayer and/or shira/music programs.
  • Work alongside Teen Teaching Assistant(s) who also offer(s) classroom relational, administrative, and creative support.
  • Check in with the lead educator after class by email to share notes about how the day went.

Candidates for this position should be

  • Experienced in working with children joyfully, patiently, and with curiosity about their interests and experiences.
  • Experienced in, or curious about, “Reconstructionist” approach to Jewish tradition.
  • Located in NYC and able to arrive by ~9:45am
  • Have a device and strong enough internet connection for Zoom meetings, if/when we temporarily go remote.
  • SAJ does not discriminate in terms of gender identity, sexual orientation, racial background, family structure, economic access, learning diversity. We welcome educators who reflect the diversity of our community!


$80-$100 per session (depending on experience) which includes two hours of teaching, and ~30 minutes of preparation.

(optional and encouraged) Monthly professional development sessions are 12:00-2:00pm after class, include lunch (if possible) and $35 stipend per session.

There are additional opportunities for compensated work at community programs.

How to Apply

To apply, email Debra Fricano, Director of Education and Family Engagement (she/they) at with your resume, and a statement of interest.  At some point after the interview process we will ask for two employment references

Job Categories: Education/Teaching. Job Types: Part-Time. Salaries: Less than 20,000.

Job expires in 6 days.

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