Saturday morning religious school teacher

Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation | Evanston, IL, United States

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Posted Date 7/07/2023

We’re hiring religious school teachers to be a part of our teaching team starting this fall. Our innovative new learning community, Kehillah (community), helps learners learn on Jewish time, meeting Saturday mornings for toddlers through 6th grade. At Kehillah on Shabbat mornings, learners gain confidence to engage with Jewish texts, traditions, and prayers that support them in their lives right now through a Reconstructionist approach and project-based learning.  

Our innovative program includes teaching anti-racism as a Jewish value, responsive project-based learning, tefillah options for different age groups, and flexibility to incorporate teacher skills and interests such as arts, STEM, and movement.  

This year, we're hiring a couple of teachers for open positions to work with age groups Pre-K through 6th grade. We want you to be a part of our team!  

What You’ll Do: 

  • Work with a specific age group of learners in a Saturday morning religious school setting (sessions are 9:30 am – noon) 
  • Plan meaningful, engaging, and fun activities based on the curriculum with the Director of Education
  • Communicate effectively (both verbal and written) with learners, parents, and madrichim 
  • Grow your teaching practice through teacher meetings and professional development opportunities 

We're Looking For People Who: 

  • Model enthusiasm and curiosity about Jewish life 
  • Love spending time with children and have experience leading learning experiences (at religious school, camp, as a teen, or other settings) 
  • Embrace the diversity of our community, including race, income, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, and interfaith/multifaith status 
  • Are ready to build and maintain a positive and collaborative classroom culture 
  • Are dependable and can communicate effectively with learners, families, and staff  

Details and why you’ll want to work here: 

  • Our teaching team is a reflective, supportive community, with opportunities to grow your practice as an educator. Our Director of Education is known for supporting her team and creating an enthusiastic, close-knit group of teachers. 
  • Pay begins at $35/hour and is commensurate with experience above that rate 
  • Prep time, professional development, and reflection are compensated! 
  • The school year will be September 2023 to May 2024 

Who We Are: 

The Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC) in Evanston, Illinois, is a diverse, participatory, and sacred community dedicated to a daring and deeply rooted Judaism. We’re known for our progressive approach to creating Jewish community. Our congregation is imbued with joyful spirituality and intellectual curiosity. We’re deeply committed to inclusivity and social justice. Our congregation is diverse as the American Jewish community, including many interfaith families, people of color, LGBTQ+ members, and a wide variety of Jewish practice. Our building was the first LEED-certified house of worship in North America. 

We strongly encourage applications from candidates reflective of the communities JRC serves, including BIPOC/People of Color, those in interfaith relationships, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, people with disabilities, and individuals with varied identities and backgrounds, including Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews. 

To apply: 

Please email your resume and why you’re interested in this position to Director of Education Lauren Reeves at [email protected]. Successful candidates will be contacted for interviews. 

Salary35.00 Hour
Part Time, Contract, & Seasonal
Teacher (Classroom)
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Hebrew School/Sunday School
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