Temporary Jewish Studies Teacher
Jewish Studies Teacher – House Parent
The American Hebrew Academy is America’s premier Jewish pluralistic college preparatory boarding school. Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, on a 100 acre wooded campus, the Academy offers our self-motivated students, who have come from 28 states and 13 countries, the opportunity to receive a rigorous college preparatory education while strengthening their Jewish identity.
With an average class size of twelve, our students are taught by an esteemed faculty most of whom have advanced degrees in their field.
Technology is central to every student’s experience at the Academy as each classroom is equipped with Smart Boards and each student receives a business-quality tablet computer.
Approximately eighty percent of our students live on campus, while the other twenty percent are day students. Over 20% are international students.
Our residential campus includes 16 dormitories, each with a 2,400 square foot Houseparent home and an efficiency apartment for a house Associate (Fellow). Each residence dormitory houses 18-22 students including a senior honor student (Madrich/Madricha).
We are at this time seeking a teacher with special strengths teaching Hebrew Bible (TaNaKH), Talmud, and texts (Limudei Kodesh)
As a pluralistic Jewish boarding school and a selective college preparatory school the academy is able to create a unique learning and living environment for our students. Student are able to participate in T’fillah in the mornings, attend classes during the day, participate in league sports, clubs, or other activities in the afternoon, and study in their rooms in the evenings. Residential students meet in their houses regularly for various social and educational activities. Our student body represents over 20 states and 13 countries.
Judaism at AHA is not a casual after-school activity. Our students live a Jewish Life on campus. Our faculty of Rabbis and lay leaders offer Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform minyanim each Shabbat and for the Hagim, as well as a various text study, bibliodrama, and social action alternatives.
The Academy’s emphasis is not only on providing an intensely compelling Jewish and General Studies learning experience for our students but also encompasses the whole child by requiring a full-term Israel experience for all of our students at the beginning of the Junior year.
We are more than a Jewish Day School, as a residential school, our students live independently as proud Jews in a complex world.
Our Jewish Studies and Hebrew programs report to our Dean of Jewish Studies while General Studies programs report to our Dean of Academics. The Principal of the School is responsible for the activities of our residential and academic programs. Together we work to provide the highest level living and learning experience that any Jewish child can have.
Potential candidates, teaching experience is not enough! We seek energetic, engaging, exciting teachers who when they teach, not only teach our holy texts and history but smile with the love of the words and the joy of passing on this love of Judaism to their students.
Teachers at the Academy must be able to actively engage their students in their studies.
Note: This position is offered subject to anticipated growth in enrollment.
Educational and Experience:
A Masters Degree or equivalent graduate education, or a four-year college degree in appropriate field of study plus three or more years of teaching in a Jewish High Day School. We are not seeking teachers whose only experience is teaching in supplemental schools.
An educational specialty in Hebrew Bible (TaNaKH) and Talmud (Limudei
Kodesh) is strongly preferred.
In addition, we seek people with a strong desire to work in a residential school environment. Experience in similar environments (summer camps, etc.) and sensitivity to developmental teen problems is strongly recommended.
Position and the Organization:
This is a ten month position reporting to the Dean of Jewish Studies.
Benefits beyond Salary:
Room and board for family, health insurance plan, life insurance plan, dental insurance plan, TIAA-CREF retirement plan, annual personal and vacation leave.
Residential Life on Campus:
Residential students live on campus in a house that has a Houseparent, a Fellow, a House Associate, and a Madrich/Madricha (honored student of the senior class). Students usually live two per room and 18 to 22 per house. Laundry facilities are available in each house.
During non-school hours students are provide with a rich array of athletic, theatrical, club, youth group, and Tikkun Olam activities.
Each weekday evening Z’man Limud (Study Time) is observed between 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM, after which students may have a bit of free time before in-house time and house meetings.
House staffs usually take house meeting time to conduct lessons from our residential life curriculum that range from brushing your teeth to sexual education and living in a pluralistic Jewish community.
Campus facilities include a 23 acre lake with boathouse, dock, kayaks and sailboats, an 88,000 square foot athletic center with exercise room, racketball court, rock-climbing wall, eight-lane competition indoor swimming pool, basketball arena, and snack bar. The campus has eight tennis courts, three soccer fields, a baseball field, a softball field, a soccer stadium, and composite rubberized 400 meter track.
Residential Living Arrangements:
Teachers live on campus and may be called upon to provide house parenting services in conjunction with other administrative duties.
Room and board are provided for the faculty member and his/her family.
Each residential house has an attached 2,400 square foot apartment.
This apartment is two floors. On one floor are a master bedroom with private bath, and three additional bedrooms and a second bath. On the other floor is located a very spacious living room, dining room, kitchen space, a foyer, a bathroom, and a large personal study. The personal study connects to the living space in the residence hall, and provides privacy for the house parent family. All house parent apartments have a private entrance at ground level.
A two car garage is provided near the entrance way to the campus for house parents. An electric golf cart is provided for convenient transportation on this pedestrian campus.
Religious and Spiritual Life on Campus:
The American Hebrew Academy seeks to create a community rich with Jewish tradition, culture, and lifestyle. Pluralism at the Academy supports different paths to a fully Jewish life. Each student should share in an active effort to engage in Jewish tradition — intellectually, emotionally, behaviorally, and spiritually — so as to find ever developing and expanding ways to integrate his/her Jewish heritage into our lives. Our goal at the Academy is to provide courses and programming that allow students to explore and find the Jewish path that is most fulfilling to them.
Although primary responsibility for Jewish Life on campus resides in the Office of Jewish Life, it is incumbent upon residential faculty members to support and further the activities of the three minyanim (Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform). Other worship alternatives include the Chabad House, Community Synagogues (Reform and Conservative), and various community-wide activities such as Mitzvah Day, MLK Shabbat.
Residential faculty members should be one of the positive adult role models that our students will seek to emulate.
The American Hebrew Academy was founded in 1996 by Maurice “Chico”
Sabbah, z“l, and his wife Zmira who dreamed of developing a first of its kind Jewish community in which Jewish teenagers from around the world and from all Jewish denominations could come together and live in a serene environment to enrich their knowledge of Jewish culture, history and religious practice, both traditional and modern while preparing for admission to college and university and future positions of leadership in the Jewish community.
In 1999 the first foundational steps were with the purchase of 100 wooded acres and lake frontage in Greensboro, North Carolina. By early spring 1999, Frank Lloyd Wright’s associate architect, Aaron Green was commissioned to create the master plan for the campus and building designs for every building the Academy would eventually need for the immediate future and for years to come.
On September 10, 2001 the Academy opened its gates to 77 pioneering students (“Halutzim”). Today, the Academy is a thriving Jewish educational institution whose graduates have all gone on to continue their education at some of the finest colleges and universities in the country and in Israel.
In 2011 the Academy celebrated its tenth year of operation and now our students and esteemed faculty and staff enjoy state of the art classrooms, athletic facilities, student housing and advanced technology in a nurturing but rigorous academic environment rich in Jewish culture, tradition and diversity.
The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.
How to ApplyThe American Hebrew Academy is an equal opportunity employer. Direct resumes and Inquiries to: Human Resources American Hebrew Academy 4334 Hobbs Rd. Greensboro, NC 27410 firstname.lastname@example.org
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