Part-Time Educational Director of Y’ladim BaTeva, Outdoor Jewish Learning for Kids at Ma’yan Tikvah

Ma'yan Tikvah | Sudbury, Ma, MA, United States

Posted Date 3/16/2022

Y'ladim B'Teva: Outdoor Jewish Learning for Kids 

Part-Time Director

Ma'yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope

Wayland, MA


Help grow a new and innovative religious school!

Job Description 

Ma'yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope, located in Wayland, MA, is a small, alternative, independent congregation with about 20 household units and a unique outdoor children's program, Y'ladim BaTeva: Outdoor Jewish Learning for Kids, which currently has 22 students enrolled. Most of Ma'yan Tikvah's programming takes place outdoors in various conservation lands in Metrowest Boston, including services outdoors all year long. We are seeking a half-time educational director and teacher for the Y'ladim BaTeva program which will include teaching, administrative responsibilities, growing the school, creating a post-b'nai mitzvah program, helping prepare children for non-traditional b'nai mitzvah, and leading family programs.  

Y'ladim BaTeva meets one Sunday a month outdoors in the spring and fall and has two Shabbat or holiday programs per month that combine indoor and outdoor experiences as well as two 30-minute “check-in” classes per month that bring the children together online. An optional Hebrew learning track meets weekly online. The school anticipates having four or five classes for children in grades K-8. 

Ma'yan Tikvah is seeking a director for the Y'ladim BaTeva program who can help grow the school, build the curriculum, and nurture the community. Requirements for this position include:

  • training in and experience with outdoor Jewish education;
  • an advanced degree in Jewish education or studies or the equivalent, rabbinic or cantorial ordination preferred;
  • previous teaching experience with children in either formal or informal Jewish educational settings;
  • knowledge and experience with neurodiverse learners; 
  • a love of the outdoors;
  • experience with hiking and other outdoor activities;
  • creativity, warmth, and an interest in having new experiences;
  • comfort with interfaith families; and
  • willingness to drive on Shabbat for family programs. 


Responsibilities will include:

  • teaching one class of children;
  • planning and leading family programs;
  • organizing and administering the school;
  • preparing children for bar/bat mitzvah;
  • tutoring bar/bat mitzvah children;
  • teaching Hebrew online to small groups;
  • further developing the curriculum of experiences and learnings;
  • leading a parent school committee;
  • recruiting and orienting new families;
  • nurturing inter-family gatherings outside organized programs;
  • leading family holiday programs and services;
  • creating a post-b'nai mitzvah program.

This will be a half-time position requiring about 20 hours per week from mid-August through mid-June. It has the potential for growth as the school and community continue to expand and develop. Salary range is $25,000-40,000, plus income from bar/bat mitzvah tutoring anticipated to be $3000-5000.

This is a unique opportunity for someone who is interested in outdoor Jewish education and experiences. To apply, please send a resume with a cover letter explaining your interest in the position. For more information, including a complete job description and to submit an application, contact Rabbi Katy Allen at [email protected]


Complete Job Description

Part-time, 20 hour/week, Educational Director of Y’ladim BaTeva, Outdoor Jewish Learning for Kids at Ma’yan Tikvah - a Wellspring of Hope (Ma’yan Tikvah, Inc.,


  • Take responsibility for the education of the children and the families.
  • Be a role model to children and families as befits a (rabbi and) religious school director.
  • Take into consideration the needs and characteristics of individual children and families.

Teaching and Supervising:

  • Plan and co-lead with teachers and/or rabbi two family programs per month, including 
    • Holiday programs for Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Hanukkah, Tu BiShvat, Purim, Passover, Shavuot
    • Shabbat dinners, havdalah programs, or Shabbat afternoon walks
    • Shabbat morning services led primarily by students
    • Sunday morning tzedakah or other programs, etc
  • Teach one class during the monthly children’s program on Sunday morning for 2 1/2 hours 
    • Create lesson outlines with plans for differentiation
  • Teach two 30-minute “check-ins” per month in conjunction with the children’s class
  • Teach Hebrew, 30 minutes per week, 3-6 classes 
  • Meet with parents from each class 1-2x/year for discussions on issues such as what it means to be Jewish, how to relate to G!d in the 21st century, or similar questions as lead-in for bar/bat mitzvah.
  • Prepare b’nai mitzvah students and families
    • Meet monthly with two b’nai mitzvah groups for 30 or 40 minutes
    • Tutor b’nai mitzvah students (compensation directly from students’ families)
    • Work individually with students and families to plan their ceremonies 
    • Coordinate and assist with leading b’nai mitzvah services
  • Supervise teachers
    • Communicate schedule, curriculum, and logistics
    • Ensure that teachers are meeting all contractual commitments
    • Maintain communication about planning and student progress and needs
    • Hire teachers as needed
    • Arrange for substitute teachers as needed
    • Implement growth-oriented once-a-year teacher observations 
  • Develop and run post-b’nai mitzvah program
  • Think about and possibly carry out about a weekend retreat (additional compensation will be provided)

Shabbat and Holiday Services

  • Lead or co-lead up to seven family Shabbat morning services
  • Lead up to three Friday evening or Shabbat afternoon walks or Kabbalat Shabbat on Zoom
  • Assist with planning and organizing High Holiday services (morning walks led by rabbi and teachers followed by an abbreviated service with Torah reading and discussion, or revise this model)
    • First day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur day
      • Potential second day RH walks if falls on weekend
    • Publicity
    • Organizing walks
    • Organizing logistics such as renting locations
    • Planning services


  • Create schedule for the year
  • Plan a curriculum for the year that includes both learning and experiences
    • Adapt overall curriculum as need arises
  • Plan and implement a Hebrew and tefillah curriculum
  • Plan family programs
    • Includes logistics such as arranging locations, purchasing materials, etc.


  • Work with the treasurer to create a budget for the school
    • Attend to the budget throughout the year
    • Work with school committee and board to determine the fees for the school
  • Interface with treasurer, insurance company, and scouts regarding rentals
    • Make arrangements for indoor locations or shelters as needed
    • Communicate with treasurer for any fees due
    • Make sure all payments, including rental and other fees, are carried out
  • Communicate regularly with parents regarding scheduling, locations, and other logistics
  • Check in with each family regularly
  • Recruit new families
    • Do outreach to publicize the school through social media and local online media
    • Communicate with and orient potential new families
    • Arrange mentor family for each new family
  • Coordinate and supervise parent volunteers for
    • School committee
    • Sunday children’s programs
    • Potluck meals and kiddush
    • Community service projects
    • Other needs
  • Take charge of registration
    • Monitor registration
    • Communicate with treasurer about payments past due 
  • Set up, monitor, and carry out
    • Attendance documentation 
    • Progress reports
    • Parent-teacher conferences 
    • Adherence to a central curriculum 


  • Attend board meetings up to five times a year
  • Lead and nurture a school committee to involve parents in decision-making
  • Organize and support inter-family gatherings such as Shabbat dinners outside organized programs


Skills and Requirements

  • Masters Degree in Jewish Education or other advanced Jewish education, with rabbinic or cantorial ordination preferred
  • Significant outdoor Jewish education, such as training through Teva
  • Experience as a Jewish educator
  • Intimate knowledge of and experience with neurodiverse populations
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Ability to be flexible with changing weather conditions, outbreaks of insect borne diseases, and similar concerns
  • Experience in outdoor education
  • Experience in a leadership and/or supervisory position
  • Willingness to drive on Shabbat and holidays



  • $25,000-$35,000
  • Paid by the month
  • Contract employee - 1099 
  • Offering a 1-year contract 
  • Tutoring of b’nai mitzvah students paid directly by the families and not included in this compensation package


Professional development

  • First aid certification required; fees will be paid; wilderness first aid training preferred. 
  • Professional development on the areas of environmental education and Jewish outdoor education, half the cost of programs compensated up to $250


Sick leave

  • Pro-rated sick leave provided 



  • 30-day notice by either party

Salary25000.00 - 40000.00 Annual
Part Time, Contract, & Seasonal
Bnai Mitzvah | Director | Education - Other | Jewish Studies Director | Religious School Administrator
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Bnai Mitzvah | Hebrew School/Sunday School | Part Time Teaching
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