Teva Educator on Site at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center – Fall Season 2023
Adamah Brand Values:
- Cultivate Connections
- Learn from the Earth
- Take Care of Each Other
- Educate Through Experiences
- If Not Now, When?
At Adamah, we believe in the deep connection between people and planet, adam and adamah. Our mission is to create vibrant Jewish life in deep connection with the Earth, catalyzing culture change and systemic change through Immersive Retreats, Jewish Environmental Education, and Climate Action. Every day, we inspire and empower youth, teens, families, and leaders through programs that deeply interweave Jewish tradition and the natural world, creating diverse and inclusive communities, and building a more sustainable future. ??
Teva, a program of Adamah, is the premier Jewish environmental education program in North America. Our four-day Shomrei Adamah program provides transformational experiences in nature for Jewish day school students. We are seeking engaged, nature-inspired, creative, playful, and hard-working people to join our team of fall educators at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center.
Teva aims to connect youth to the natural world, inspire environmental awareness and activism, and engage youth in Jewish culture and tradition. We are looking for educators who are excited to take part in this mission by leading and developing transformational experiences in nature. Educators spend their day outside with a group of students, and lead interactive curriculum that focuses on awareness, interconnectedness, ecology, and responsibility.
Teva’s educators come from a diversity of backgrounds and contribute a variety of skills to the program. Musicians, teachers, wilderness leaders, artists, mentors, performers, athletes, scholars, and lovers of life are invited! All Teva educators are hired because they have demonstrated strong skills in working with children through prior experience.
Program Dates on site at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center:
Fall Season 2023– from Sep 26th – Dec 1st (exact dates are subject to change)
Spring Season 2024 – There will be an opportunity to return for Spring Teva which runs at the Pearlstone Retreat Center and Outdoor Education Campus, on 180 acres, about 30 minutes north of Baltimore, MD.
- Introduce students to the natural world through exploration of the forest, farm, and campus of Isabella Freedman.
- Plan and lead outdoor learning blocks and electives to teach ecological and Jewish concepts, either solo or with a co-educator.
- Lead Camp Teva children’s programming during Adamah holiday retreats.
- Work collaboratively with supervisors and colleagues.
- Participate in theatrical presentations, large scale games, evening programming, and song sessions.
- Support programming during meals for students and chaperones.
- Participate in Shacharit (morning prayer services) and add creative educational elements.
- Assist with development of curriculum, skits, and program materials.
- Participate in staff training and development (1/3 of total work time) and learn Teva’s curriculum.
- Prepare the site for the week, includes programming materials, set-up, and take-down.
Compensation and benefits
- Stipend pay of $650 per week (around $6,000 for the Fall season).
- Room and board in a Kosher facility provided by Adamah at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center.
- Participation in select weekend/holiday programming at Isabella Freedman.
- Professional development and networking opportunities throughout the season.
- Opportunity to develop teaching skills in a creative experiential setting.
- Participation in vibrant ecologically based Jewish community of Isabella Freedman.
Visit our website and fill out an application at Careers - Adamah and answer the following questions in a separate cover letter.
- How did you hear about Teva?
- Why do you want to be a Jewish Environmental Educator?
- Teva teaches and models Jewish pluralism, learning, and experiences. Tell us about the Jewish communities of which you have been a part.
- Whether you've lived on a kibbutz or a crowded house, a co-op or an overstuffed dorm room, living in close proximity with others can be both marvelous and utterly frustrating. Please tell us about one experience when you had to creatively problem-solve in a community.
- What does experiential education mean to you?
- Please list any experiences teaching or working with children with ages of participants and dates. Please include any Jewish or Environmental teaching.
- Please list any formal or informal Jewish learning (programs, schools, etc.) you have done.
- Please list any environmental studies or natural sciences programs, or research you have done. Please include names of institutions, subjects pursued, and dates.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled. Please contact Emily Nadel at [email protected] if you have any questions.