TEMPLE BETH SHALOM, NEEDHAM MA
ABOUT TEMPLE BETH SHALOM
Temple Beth Shalom is a warm, vibrant and diverse community of individuals and families, located in Needham, Massachusetts. We unite in a dynamic, ongoing relationship by a desire to embrace the values, traditions and teachings of Torah through the lens of Reform Judaism. Through worship, celebration, lifelong learning, and service to others, we seek to inspire spirituality, nurture personal growth, promote social justice, deepen Jewish experiences and enrich the life of each member. Learn more at: https://www.tbsneedham.org.
Mayim is TBS's elementary Jewish learning program for children in grades K-5 and their families. It is our version of what is often called "religious school" in other communities, but it is a completely different approach to learning in a congregational setting. Our approach is built on the core values of Deep Learning and Deep Relationships and includes weekly learning sessions and integrated opportunities for family engagement and strong relationship building. Mayim offers a distinctive thematic curriculum, through which children and educators partner to investigate big questions and engage in hands-on learning and long-term projects. Children also explore Jewish holidays and Hebrew, and the whole community participates in joyful t’filah (prayer and song) each week. Learn more at tbsmayim.org.
ABOUT THE ROLE
At Mayim, we believe that Hebrew language is best learned in small group settings that can be tailored to each child’s abilities and interests. Children in grades 3-5 learn in small groups (no more than six children), and children in grades 6-7 receive personalized 1:1 Hebrew instruction.
Hebrew learning takes place on Sundays and weekday afternoons. Hebrew educators teach between 2 and 15 sessions per week, either in person at TBS or virtually from home.
As a Hebrew Educator, you will…
- introduce letters and vowels and develop decoding skills;
- build skills in chanting Hebrew prayers and blessings;
- offer multi-modal opportunities to engage with the material beyond decoding and chanting;
- spend time getting to know each child as an individual and as a learner;
- communicate and partner with caregivers regarding children’s learning.
Compensation is about $1,300 per year per group, which includes planning time.
If the following statements describe you, you are a great fit for this role!
You love children and have working knowledge of child development. You are joyful, present, and relaxed with children. You are curious about the child’s perspective and enjoy partnering with children to promote learning. You effectively manage groups of children, and you have meaningful interactions that make each child feel like a valued member of the group.
Your teaching approach is rooted in experience. You have taught Hebrew to elementary age children using a hands-on, active approach. You value and understand how learning happens in non-school settings.
You resonate deeply with Temple Beth Shalom’s mission and values. You are motivated and inspired to be part of a warm, vibrant, and diverse Jewish community and close-knit, hard-working professional team.
You are guided by Jewish values and grounded in Jewish tradition. You are a role model for children and their families through living and making explicit your Jewish values. You inspire children to develop relationships with Judaism that are ever evolving and growing.
You are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. You model anti-bias practices and cultural sensitivity. You are excited to be part of a community that is diverse by age, family make-up, religious background, ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation. You embrace each person as having been created b’tzelem Elohim (in the image of God), and you work hard to create environments where every learner can thrive.
You are an effective communicator and relationship builder. You easily develop rapport and inspire trust. You have a warm, energetic, and authentic personality that translates to building lasting relationships. You demonstrate deep listening in your interactions with others and respond in a way that honors each person.
You are a reflective, emotionally intelligent learner. You are self-aware and seek to learn and refine your skills. You are eager for feedback and engage in your own ongoing reflective practices. You recognize your own emotions and are able to engage with them in healthy ways.
You are able to participate actively in children’s learning. Our hands-on, active approach to learning includes frequent reaching, stooping, sitting on the floor, bending, occasional lifting and carrying, and supervising children’s active play.
Please email a cover letter and resume to Sara Berk, Director of K-12 Learning and Inclusion, at [email protected].