Genesis is a four-week residential program at Brandeis University for approximately 60 outstanding high school students from across the world. This summer’s program will be offered in partnership with the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program, located at Brandeis. Courses meet for three hours each morning, Monday-Friday and Sunday with time for coursework in the afternoons, and informal programming in the evenings and on Shabbat. Course work leads up to a capstone project. The Genesis Community Educator (CE) is an immersive position defined by educational collaboration, experimentation and community-building to create an exceptional growth experience for participants from around the world. We deeply value a diverse staff that accurately reflects the Jewish community, and strongly encourage Black Jews, Jews of color, Jews with disabilities, LGBTQIA Jews, low-income Jews and Jews from other marginalized communities to apply.
- Have completed an undergraduate degree by the start of the summer (current or previous graduate work in Jewish studies, Jewish education or current rabbinical school enrollment preferred);
- Possess teaching experience, especially in experiential education and with teens;
- Have experience in and strong familiarity with Jewish community and a range of Jewish practice and observance;
- Be creative, flexible, collaborative and enthusiastic.
Residential and Community Life
- Live in the residence halls with the participants;
- Monitor participants’ physical and emotional well-being and serve as positive role models;
- Support the participants in following the community guidelines and making responsible decisions as they negotiate living in the community at Brandeis;
- Create a supportive environment within which participants can expand their comfort zones and explore new ways of expressing themselves, including facilitating daily small-group batim (houses/homerooms);
- Lead Bayit (daily small-group meeting) and collaborate with participants to shape a vibrant, diverse, pluralistic Jewish community.
Jewish Life and Educational Programming
- Leading daily course discussion groups and activities;
- Assisting the course instructor during class sessions;
- Overseeing student work during group work sessions;
- Assisting students during office hours;
- Working with students on assignments, projects and presentations;
- Meeting with the Course Instructor once per week for review, evaluation, and troubleshooting.
CEs work independently and as a group to frame conversations and some programming for the Genesis community (including, but not limited to, exploring issues around Jewish practice, Shabbat, ways of relating to Israel, and Jewish identity). CEs are also responsible for helping participants integrate the different parts of their experiences through community-building and exploration of diverse Jewish communities.
Each CE will design and facilitate a four-week (2 sessions per week)“nesiyah” for a small group of participants that explores important facets of community: people, ideas, and experiences. Nesiyot are hands-on programs that involve authentic experiences shaped by the participants. CEs do much of the individual planning of Nesiyot prior to the summer with support from senior staff. Collaborative planning is encouraged throughout the summer.
CEs work with senior staff and a small group of participants in weekly Shabbat planning, leadership, and celebration. This may include CE leadership of tefilah (prayer) and/or limudim (learning sessions), as well as offering morning or evening kavanot (spiritual practices).
Chofesh: Recreational Options
CEs are responsible for offering recreational activities (sports, arts & crafts, music, etc) during chofesh (free time). As part of our emphasis on collaboration, participants will have the opportunity to plan some evening activities for the larger community; CEs will work closely with these small groups of participants.
Tuesday, July 5-Sunday, July 31, 2022
Wednesday, June 29 -Friday, July 1: Online Orientation.
Sunday, July 3-Monday, July 4: In person Orientation at Brandeis.
$3000 plus room and board (dormitory-style living).