Part-Time Hebrew Teacher
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 https://saj.nyc/ or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SAJNYC/
About Reconstructionist Judaism: https://www.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/who-reconstructionist-jew
About the Program
Our synagogue-school program is called Makom, in modern Hebrew meaning “place” and with spiritual connotations of a holy dwelling place.
While main weekly program is based on Saturday/Shabbat at 15 W 86th Street in New York NY, our Hebrew program will be based online on Zoom, at various times throughout the week.
We seek staff who are warm and charismatic, dynamic and engaging. Educators should be familiar with, respect, and have love for the age of the children they would work with. Staff be welcome to to all gender identities, sexual orientations, racial backgrounds, family structures, economic access, and learning diversities. We welcome educators who come from any Jewish upbringing and training and expect them to be willing to teach Reconstructionist philosophies. The members of our teaching team are reflective-practitioners, and built into the expectation of each position, is dedicated time for professional development.
About this position: Hebrew Teacher
- Teach one 30 minute interactive Hebrew lesson to one child at a time, over Zoom
- Use the Shalom Learning curriculum – in the fall, for Prayer literacy for 7th grade, and in the spring, for learn to read for 3rd grade.
- Be aware of and aligned with the Reconstructionist content that is taught during weekly Saturday tefilah/ prayer
- Write notes about how the time was spent, and student progress after every session to share with the Education Director.
- Periodically communicate directly with parents.
- Participate in regular (every other week) brief (~15 minutes) check ins with the Education Director to exchange information about student progress and needs.
- Attend online based Teacher Orientations, or make up the equivalent, for use of Shalom Learning platform, SAJ policies and protocols, and Reconstructionist specific approach to liturgy.
- (optional) Join the full staff professional development sessions as would be mutually beneficial.
Candidates for this position should be
- Experienced in teaching students how to read Hebrew, and/or recite Hebrew prayers. Including but not limited to, a diversity of strategies, tips, and tricks, and an ability to diagnose what a student is missing.
- Warm and friendly to make the student comfortable with the learning process; punctual and self-directed to make the best use of a limited amount of time.
- Access to a device that can screen share while still seeing the student, and a supportive internet connection.
- Comfort with, or willing to learn how to navigate, Zoom, Google Drive and spreadsheets, Shalom Learnings Hebrew portals.
- Organized and communicative with scheduling and student notes.
- Windows of consistent availability appropriate for student meetings (Sundays 9am-7pm ET, Mondays-Thursdays 3pm-7pm ET).
- Experienced in, or curious about, Reconstructionist approach to Jewish prayers.
$32.50 per completed half hour session (including preparation).
Expect to work with each student for 12 sessions/weeks a semester.
Opportunity to work with between 4 and 12 students depending on teacher availability and student interest.
How to ApplyEmail Debra Fricano (she/they), Director of Education and Family Engagement at Debra@saj.nyc with your resume, a statement of interest, and the contact information of at least two work references.
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