Makom Teacher - Jewish Learning

Nefesh LA | Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Posted Date 6/20/2024


Makom is a dynamic Jewish education program for elementary age students in TK up through 6th grade (and sometimes older). The Hebrew word makom means “place” - inside and all around us, every place is alive with Jewish learning and growing as human beings. We open the door wide open for creative exploration of Torah, spirituality and prayer, and middot, our deepest values. We learn together in class, in the city on field trips, and with family learning to bring into the week. As much as possible, we learn Judaism through doing Judaism, and we also do our best to have fun along the way. 

Makom is designed to instill a love of Judaism through hands-on learning of Torah stories, prayers, and Jewish values. The teacher will be able to instill a sense of fun, curiosity and wonder while imparting to the children their first experience of Jewish concepts and culture.

Makom meets most Sundays from 10am-12:30pm and on the second Saturdays from 9:30-12:00pm (depending on grade level), with certain dates excluded due to holidays - see the list of class dates at the end of this document. The start date for this position is August 25th, 2024.


  • Experience teaching or working with children between the ages of 4 and 12 in a group setting.
  • Familiarity with Hebrew sufficient to teach beginning Hebrew readers to learn the aleph bet, with the ultimate goal of decoding the language of t’filah (prayer), and common Hebrew words.
  • Ability to work well with other teachers, and to communicate with parents.
  • A background of study in Jewish traditions and hands-on learning.
  • Interpersonal skills: adaptability, resourcefulness, cultural sensitivity, patience and compassion.



  • Support students in what may be their first steps toward forming their own Jewish identities. Work with students to explore aspects of Judaism.
  • Facilitate a group of 10-18 students in creating a safe, creative and playful learning environment.
  • Follow a curriculum outline provided by Nefesh for each class, using lesson plans that address content on Jewish prayer, Torah stories, Jewish rituals, holidays and Jewish values.
  • Creatively engage the students in dialogue about Jewish themes, wisdom and application to their lives using art, movement, dialogue and song
  • Participate in a t’filah service during class time, with each class concentrating on a new prayer.
  • Introduce basic Hebrew learning utilizing provided materials, workbooks, and other creative strategies.

Health & Safety:

  • All teachers will be required to participate in an online abuse prevention training and will be paid for their time.
  • Follow all Covid protocols and ensure students abide by all guidelines. 
  • Review all student medical records including diet restrictions and special needs. 
  • Maintain records for all activities, including approved parents/guardians sign in/out sheets and reports of any behavioral issues. 

Family Engagement/Administration:

  • Participate in planning and implementing holiday and community service-oriented experiences that integrate parents and family members.
  • Weekly communication with parents regarding each week’s lessons, and at-home prompts and projects for at home engagement.
  • Track and report attendance for each class meeting.
  • Participate in teacher orientation, monthly teacher meetings, as well as occasional curriculum feedback sessions.
  • Support parent representatives with planning and executing class-wide family meet ups and field trips.
  • Serve snacks to each class, being mindful to avoid allergens.
  • Track hours worked and create monthly invoices to be submitted to the Executive Director.

Compensation: Each teacher will be paid for 4 hours of work for each class meeting - 2.5 hours of teaching time, plus 1.5 hours of less prep, class communications, set up and wrap up time - plus additional meetings, required training, and any additional time requested. Salary starts at $35/hour, negotiated based on experience.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Rabbi Yechiel Hoffman, Interim Makom Director, [email protected]. Frequently cited statistics show that women, trans, and nonbinary people, and other structurally marginalized groups apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. Nefesh encourages you to break that statistic and to apply. No one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until we find the right candidate for the position.

MAKOM & B’NAI MITZVAH 5785/2024-2025 DATES

Subject to change

September 2024

Sun 9/8

Sat 9/14

Sun 9/22

Sun 9/29

October 2024

Sun 10/20

Sun 10/27

November 2024

Sun 11/3

Sat 11/9

Sun 11/17

December 2024

Sun 12/1

Sun 12/8

Sat 12/14

January 2025

Sat  1/11

Sun 1/26 

February 2025

Sun 2/2

Sun 2/9

Sun 2/23

March 2025

Sun 3/2  

Sun 3/9

Sat 3/15

Sun 3/23

Sun 3/30

April 2025

Sat 4/12

Sun 4/27 

May 2025

Sun 5/4

Sat 5/10

Sun 5/18

June 2025

Sun 6/1

Salary35.00 - 55.00 Hour
Part Time, Contract, & Seasonal
Education - Other | Teacher (Classroom)
Part Time Categories
Bnai Mitzvah | Hebrew School/Sunday School | Part Time Teaching
Organization Type
Outreach | Synagogue
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