DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
Congregation Sherith Israel of San Francisco is looking for an educator who has tremendous vision, creativity, and command of current best practices in Jewish education to work with our Senior Rabbi, Cantor, and lay leadership to continue the ongoing re-envisioning of religious education at Sherith Israel. The Director of Education (DE), would report to the Senior Rabbi, would be the public face of the congregation’s work to engage families and their children, and would have primary responsibility for successfully implementing the vision in our Religious School and program of lifelong learning. The DE is expected to be a spokesperson for the Religious School and other educational programing, actively building community for, and with, enrolled and prospective families. This is an exciting opportunity for leadership within Sherith Israel as well as leadership and visibility in the wider community.
Sherith Israel has a young and creative clergy team, a dynamic Executive Director, and an active Board. During the pandemic we have focused on being a supportive community for all our members and on using technology to maintain a full array of programming and services. We intend to continue doing some truly transformative things with our synagogue, and we want the Religious School (named [email protected]) to be ground zero for that effort.
Under the direction of the Senior Rabbi, the DE will continue to build upon the vision for [email protected], creating a program that prepares our students to become engaged Jewish adults, strengthens community, and utilizes the rich resources of the San Francisco Bay Area. The DE will have ultimate responsibility for the Religious School, which means: curriculum vision, generation, and implementation; outreach and publicity; staff management; working with our Treasurer to budget each year; building relationships and communicating with Religious School families; and generally making sure things run smoothly. In addition, the DE would work with the cantor on T’filah services during Religious School and would share with the existing clergy the responsibility for preparing students to become b. mitzvah [our non-gendered nomenclature]. We have a part-time support position that is dedicated to the Religious School; the person in that support role will assist with the administrative aspects of running the Religious School under the direction of the DE.
The DE would also develop programming for the early childhood cohort and, in conjunction with the existing clergy team, adult education.
In coordination with other members of the congregation, its clergy and professional staff, the DE will represent the congregation and religious school at events, conferences, and other fora for the purpose of enhancing our public visibility and attracting new congregants and students.
If also a rabbi, the DE would be called on to conduct life cycle events, lead Shabbat services (approximately once a month), and otherwise support the Senior Rabbi and Cantor as a fellow clergy member.