BTBJ works to create an accepting and nurturing Jewish community. Our Religious School cultivates learning spaces where our students engage in the study, exploration, and discovery of Jewish texts, rituals, traditions, and values. Through rich and authentic engagement, students have the opportunity to develop their own Jewish identities, and spiritualities, and build meaningful connections within a Jewish community. We believe that Jewish learning is a partnership between the synagogue and the home and a shared responsibility among learners, teachers, leaders, and the congregational community. We host family learning programs, family Shabbat and High Holiday Services as well as additional opportunities to build these partnerships.
BTBJ Religious School is seeking Jewish educators who are excited to facilitate the growth and learning of the students. We promote the implementation of project-based learning approaches, and non-violent communication techniques, and emphasize the importance of social-emotional learning. We support our faculty in many ways including professional development, individual coaching, as well as access to in-person and online libraries of curricular resources. BTBJ Religious School faculty report to Rabbi Kami Knapp Schechter, Educational Director.
We are currently seeking faculty for the following positions:
- 5th grade Lead Teacher (Sundays 9:30am -12:30pm in person): Do not need to teach Hebrew!
- 6th grade Lead Teacher (Sundays 9:30am- 12:30pm and once a month Moving Traditions B'nai Mitzvah program Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm)
Primary Job Responsibilities Include:
- Provide excellent learning opportunities for your students
- Develop curriculum in consultation with Ed Director
- Develop and submit lesson plans to Ed Director in advance of each class session
- Attend and participate in monthly Faculty Meetings and Professional Development Sessions
- Participate in the planning and implementation of all school activities
- Prepare students to lead their yearly Class Shabbat Service and attend that service
- Complete semester student evaluations
- Write monthly class updates for distribution
What You’ll Bring to the Job:
- Basic knowledge of Hebrew and the ability to teach the meanings of Jewish prayers
- Working knowledge of and interest in Judaism, Jewish texts, rituals, traditions, and values
- Ability to craft lesson plans designed to engage students in the exploration of Jewish life and their Jewish identities
- Ability to craft lesson plans deeply rooted in Jewish tradition and relevant to students' contemporary lives
- Excellent organizational, written, and oral communication skills
- Willingness to communicate effectively and regularly with parents and the Educational Director
- Comfort with working in a Conservative synagogue
- Willingness to follow safety protocols set in place by BTBJ in accordance with CDC and state recommendations
Compensation: $22-$55 commensurate with education and experience
Who We Are:
Beth Tikvah B’nai Jeshurun, known as BTBJ, is a modern, egalitarian full-service Conservative synagogue located in the Northwestern suburbs of Philadelphia. Serving about 300 families from Lafayette Hill, Plymouth Meeting, Springfield, Ambler, Upper Dublin, and surrounding communities. BTBJ is a vibrant, warm congregation that provides an endless array of religious, educational, and social activities. BTBJ is affiliated with the USCJ. We are located in Erdenheim, PA.
To apply, please send a resume, and short cover letter to Rabbi Kami Knapp Schechter, Education Director of BTBJ, [email protected]. Make sure to identify the position(s) for which you are applying.