Jewish Enrichment Educator & Researcher

Makom Community | Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Posted Date 4/15/2024

Makom Community
2401 Washington Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Educator & Researcher (Full-Time)

Primary Responsibilities

  1. Prepare for and teach Jewish Enrichment daily in our lab school.
  2. Collect data on implementation of Jewish Placemaking and what new tools are needed. 

How will you do that?

Jewish Educator

  • Participate in regular text study and goal setting with Makom’s incredible team of educators.
    • Prepare to teach with the support of an assistant teacher.
  • Build strong relationships with students and families.
    • Communicate regularly with parents by email, text, phone, and in person. 
  • Set goals and reflect regularly on your classroom learning environment.
  • Following text study, lesson plan for daily in afterschool Jewish Enrichment Monday through Friday.
    • Serve as primary facilitator of lesson plans in your classroom, with support from an assistant teacher.
    • Jewish Enrichment programming runs Monday through Friday from 3-6pm.
  • Pick children up from area schools Monday through Friday for Jewish Enrichment. 
  • Meet regularly with Director of Teaching and Learning for supervision.
  • Staff School’s Out Camp and Extended Enrichment Days. See calendar for full list:
    • We will create a schedule so staff have both desk and kid time on these days.


  • Collaborate with Director of Teaching & Learning to develop research questions for the lab school and strategies for data collection in each classroom pursuing Makom Community’s Lab School success criteria.  
  • Have regular supervision with Director of Teaching & Learning. 
    • Executive Director or Director of Strategy will join a few times a month to frame and support research work. 
  • Monitoring RSVPs for Makom Making’s seminars (it is automated from a sign up link) and ensure learning needs are met and that participants receive pre and post template messages prior to the seminars.
  • Collect data in your classroom on implementation of Jewish Placemaking
  • Reflect on where additional tools and resources are needed to support Jewish Placemaking.
  • Develop and try out new tools, collect data on them, and make suggestions on how they could be improved.
  • Support Makom Making materials creation.

Both Roles

  • Set goals for your own learning and growth and check in with them regularly in supervision. 
  • Grow Makom Community’s culture of intentionality, empathy, and listening deeply to children and their adults.
  • Build strong relationships with students and families.
  • Use Asana, our task management system, for task management and supervision.
  • Required within 30 days of hire: Maintain all appropriate background checks: PA State Police, PA Child Abuse History, and FBI fingerprinting.
  • Regular schedule Monday through Friday from 10am-6pm. 

Our Community 

Makom Community transform Jewish Education by creating and modeling Jewish Placemaking in collaboration with educators, children, and their families. Our pedagogy for Jewish Education celebrates curiosity and questioning of Jewish wisdom as well as deep interpersonal and communal connections. Our roots in Jewish tradition are a springboard for children to be kind, confident, and resilient leaders today and in the future. We listen deeply to children’s voices as they build a community where they love to be. Through our experiences together, Makom Community is committed to creating a more just world as an outgrowth of our Jewish learning. We are nurturing a Jewish community that is open to anyone who wants to engage with Jewish life alongside their family. 

Quick Facts about Makom Community 

  • Daily, high-quality Jewish education (K-8th grade) as afterschool enrichment 
  • Project-based and child-led learning 
  • School’s Out Camps during school vacations, snow days, and early dismissals 
  • Growing model of family and adult learning and holiday services
  • All staff and learners are fully vaccinated and expected to stay up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations. 

Supporters & Collaborators

  • Report to Director of Teaching & Learning
  • Collaborate with Executive Director and Director of Strategy on Makom Making projects.
  • Collaborate with assistant teacher in your classroom and larger team of educators and directors as you create your daily classroom experience.

Salary Range



  • Health Insurance (50% paid) and Dental Insurance (100% paid) 
  • 15 days paid time off & 5 days of paid sick leave
    • 5 days when the office is closed in June 2024 + 10 days to be scheduled when you need them throughout the year
  • Office closed for Jewish holidays
  • Funding for professional development
  • Supportive team environment
  • Room to grow in this role and and on our team

To Apply: Email your resume and cover letter to Executive Director Beverly Socher-Lerner (they/them) at [email protected].

Makom Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome employees and prospective employees without regard to race, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Salary47,400.00 - 51,500.00 Annual
Full Time
Curricula | Education - Other | Hebrew | Jewish Studies Teacher | Lower School Teacher | Other | Teacher (Classroom)
Part Time Categories
Part Time Teaching
Organization Type
Education & Schools | Youth
Retirement Plans | Paid Vacation | Sick Days
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