About Golda Och Academy
Golda Och Academy (GOA), recognized as one of the top Jewish day schools in the country, is a vibrant learning community that focuses on the individual intellectual, social, and spiritual needs of each child. We cultivate in students a lifelong love of learning within the context of Jewish knowledge and heritage. Our school is located on two campuses — one for the Lower School and one for the Upper School — located about two miles apart in West Orange, serving over 425 students from more than 60 communities across New Jersey.
Golda Och Academy is accepting applications for an individual to join our school for the 5784 / 2023-2024 school year as an Upper School Rabbi in Residence.
The Upper School Rabbi in Residence (RIR) will play a central role in coordinating the efforts of administration, faculty, staff and students to support Jewish life and values in our school. The following are anticipated to be the core functions, though with time the job will surely evolve:
Primary Job Responsibilities:
- Establish goals, developing structures and organizing staff to improve the skills and spiritual experience of students in prayer.
- Work with the administration, Judaic Studies faculty and student life team over the summer to create a team approach for the various formats of tefillah.
- Primary responsibility for one of the grade-level services, and coordination of the havurot, which will focus on skill-building, and organize b’nai mitzvah celebrations in school.
- Work with faculty, staff and students to organize special programming for special days such as Rosh Hodesh, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Purim, and Y’mei HaShoah, HaZikkaron and HaAtzmaut.
- Work with faculty to bring experiential educational opportunities to students in and outside of the classroom on holidays not celebrated in school, such as Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Pesach and Shavuot.
- Participate and be responsible for developing Jewish content–themes, activities and prayer–and engaging students and staff in preparation.
- Through clubs and volunteer activities, the RIR will help our students engage in the community, partnering with local organizations, and participating in acts of hesed within the school.
- Assist in deepening relationships with other clergy and congregations in our area.
- The rabbi may teach Jewish studies either alone, or in partnership with general studies faculty, developing integrated materials.
- Infuse Jewish ethics and learning into areas such as guidance, health and development, the arts, and student clubs.
Bridging the Gap
- The Upper School RIR will work together with the Lower School RIR to develop continuity between the campuses, to observe special programs at LS such as Rosh Hodesh and Torah reading training, and generally to strengthen the “one school” approach at GOA.
We are looking for someone with the following qualities:
- A self-starter who is highly motivated, driven to succeed, reflective, and open.
- A relationship builder, capable of building rapport and developing bonds with a wide variety of students.
- A lover of Judaism who can work to create a welcoming, vibrant, and deeply enriching Jewish environment on campus.
- An educator who is comfortable with the theory and practice of informal and experiential education.
- A spiritual person who is knowledgeable about Tefillah education and prepared to lead a team of educators in infusing our daily prayers with tradition and meaning.
- An enthusiastic team-oriented collaborator with a strong work ethic, a sense of humor, an ability to take risks and learn from situations.
- A detail-oriented programmer who is able to follow through on all tasks and see a program through to completion.
- A reflective thought partner who is willing to think about what does and does not work within a given program or educational setting.
The successful candidate:
- Has worked in/has familiarity with traditional-egalitarian liturgy
- Experience working with middle and high school students
- An enthusiastic and creative approach to Jewish Day School education
- A deep knowledge of Jewish tradition, culture, and a desire to impact the spiritual life of our students
Golda Och Academy is a an inclusive community and makes all employment decisions without regard for an individual’s race, creed, color, religion, national origin, nationality, sex, pregnancy, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability (including AIDS and HIV related illness), genetic information, refusal to provide genetic information, refusal to submit to genetic testing, ancestry, familial status, marital status, domestic partnership status, civil union status, atypical cellular or blood trait, military service, application for military service, or any other basis protected by applicable law.
The School conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Eligible employees receive a competitive benefit package that includes health insurance coverage, paid leave and retirement plan options and many other valuable programs.