2022-2023 Hebrew School Director/Narberth Havurah
The Narberth Havurah is an inclusive and warm havurah community of about forty five households. For a community of our size, we are wonderfully diverse in our Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds and beliefs, in our range of offerings for young families, b’nai mitzvah families, and adults looking for a meaningful Jewish connection. We offer Shabbat celebrations and services, holiday services and programs, Hebrew school for children, and opportunities for adults to learn – and play – together.
To preserve the intimate nature of the Havurah, we seek to deeply engage those folks who come through our doors. Our hope is to be responsive to our members wants and needs, and to deepen their connection to Judaism and Jewish life in ways that speak to who they are and wish to become. As a small volunteer driven community, each person’s voice is easily heard, and we can easily pivot to reflect what is most vital at any given time.
We currently have approximately 45 households, and meet in locations such as Narberth Borough Hall, Merion Friends Meeting House, churches in Narberth, and member’s homes. Our Hebrew School will be based in a church in Narberth in the coming 2022-2023 school year.
OUR HEBREW/RELIGIOUS SCHOOL:
We believe that the best way to engage children as they begin their Jewish learning is through a fun and meaningful learning environment. Our school aims to foster positive Jewish identity and a sense of community in each student. We help students gain the skills and knowledge that enable them to feel comfortable and empowered as participating members in the Jewish life of their families, the Narberth Havurah, and the larger community.
Our school is a place where students are challenged to live out the universal values of kindness, respect, inclusiveness, and justice for all people. With many of our students coming from interfaith families, we affirm that Judaism is one of many paths that teach people to live wisely and well.
Each year, our school focuses on a particular learning theme which serves as a prism through which students will see and experience different facets of Jewish life. Themes include: Rhythms and Cycles of Jewish Life, It’s a Mitzvah!, Jewish Heroes/Jewish Values, and Jewish History through Story.
Havurah kids are taught that there is no one “right way” to live as a Jew, and will be offered multiple perspectives to think about the ideas we discuss in class. Most importantly, they’ll learn that they are part of a community in which asking good questions is valued, the diversity among us is honored, and there are many beautiful ways to bring Judaism into their lives.
We had eighteen students in the 2021-2022 school year, and expect somewhere between twenty and twenty five students in 2022-2023.
Classes are once a week on Tuesdays from 4:30 – 6:00 pm.
This is a unique opportunity to be the director of a small school on a very part time basis! Our director works six to eight hours a week during the school year. It's ideal for Jewish professionals seeking additional work in the context of a warm and caring community.
The School Director will prepare for each new school year by planning curriculum, hiring any teachers needed, preparing the school budget and schedule. These tasks will be done in collaboration with Rabbi Simcha Zevit and/or the Hebrew School committee, and with the support of the executive committee as needed. (Since we are hiring late in the school year, the budgeting for 2022-2023 will be completed).
The Director will work in collaboration with our rabbi in planning the overall direction of the school and theme for each school year.
During the school year, the Director will be responsible for curriculum (though each teacher may plan for their own classes) and administration of the school, as well as teach both Hebrew and Judaica classes. The Director will supervise one or two other teachers, and coordinate parent volunteers as needed. In addition, the Director will be responsible for communication with parents, attend Hebrew Committee meetings, and meet occasionally with our rabbi as needed to ensure good communication and collaboration with the larger Havurah community. The director will plan one or two community events such as Hebrew School Shabbat or holiday programming in which Hebrew School kids play a major role.
Classes meet once per week, between twenty eight and thirty two sessions each year, between September and June, for one and a half hours.
Salary is commensurate with anticipated hours worked (six to eight hours weekly).
We are seeking:
~ Someone whose presence, teaching style, and personal connection to Judaism communicate the joy of Jewish life, learning and community!
~ Three years of experience in Jewish education, curriculum development and lesson planning, preferably having taught primary and middle school age students, and both Hebrew and Judaica classes
~ Someone with a patient, positive approach to classroom management
~ Someone who is creative (musical is a plus), with great ideas to make learning fun, relevant, and meaningful
SUBMIT RESUME TO: [email protected].