Jewish Studies Teacher

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School | Chicago, IL, United States

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Posted Date 6/17/2024

Bernard Zell is an independent Jewish day school for the 21st century where academic purpose, collaborative learning, and deep commitment to humanity develop engaged, confident learners and compassionate leaders for a stronger, more vibrant community and world. A pluralistic community day school, Bernard Zell welcomes students and families of varied religious beliefs and observance. The school combines Jewish learning and tradition with the best of innovative educational practice in a challenging and nurturing learning environment.

We have an opening for an experienced, creative, and passionate Jewish Studies educator for our Middle School to instill knowledge and love for Judaism, Hebrew language, Israel, and values in our students through innovative academic and social-emotional learning. Qualified candidates will be able to work collaboratively across grades and disciplines with a team of exceptional faculty & staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach Jewish Studies and Hebrew Language
  • Create a rich Jewish cultural and Hebrew language environment in the classroom
  • Teach Tanakh and Tefilah in alignment with school philosophy and desire outcomes
  • Introduce students to traditional and innovative rituals and practices for holidays and Shabbat
  • Foster the joy of learning and contribute to a spirited Jewish life across the school
  • Use formative and summative assessments to monitor and evaluate student progress
  • Give specific feedback to support student growth
  • Work on an advisory team, planning advisory learning and creating a safe, nurturing environment for students
  • Advise and advocate for a group of students, with responsibility for academic/social/emotional oversight
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with parents and others on the student and grade-level team
  • Help lead service learning through the advisory program
  • Model a pluralistic approach to the practice of Judaism
  • Participate in teacher training sessions and other professional development
  • Support and contribute to curriculum development to enhance the program 
  • Fulfill all teacher duties and responsibilities as outlined in the Bernard Zell Faculty Handbook


  • Bachelor’s degree in Education or equivalent; master’s degree preferred
  • Coursework or experience in Jewish Studies content area (Hebrew Language, Bible, Jewish History, etc.) required
  • Minimum of three years Jewish day school teaching experience preferred
  • Familiarity with Responsive Classroom is desirable 
  • Informal Jewish education/camp experience is desirable
  • Hebrew and English fluency – including speaking, reading and writing
  • Knowledge of a wide range of language instruction and Judaic resource methods and materials 
  • Ready to embrace learning maker space and innovative technology

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School has a long-standing policy of equal employment opportunity for every person regardless of age, race, color, disability, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or citizenship.  Bernard Zell recruits, hires and promotes individuals without regard to these characteristics, and all staffing decisions are based solely on the qualifications of each individual and the legitimate educational needs of our students.  Bernard Zell does not discriminate in working conditions, physical facilities or any other terms, conditions or privileges of employment, including transfer, compensation, training, promotion, demotion or separation based on age, race, color, disability, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or citizenship. Bernard Zell seeks to provide a work environment that is free from discrimination, intimidation and harassment based on any of these characteristics.

Full Time
Jewish Studies Teacher | Middle School Teacher
Organization Type
Education & Schools
Retirement Plans | Dental | FSA | Kosher Food Option Available | Leave Early for Shabbat | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Sick Days | Vision
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