Mission and Philosophy
The Shalom Hartman Institute is a leading center of Jewish thought and education, serving Israel and North America. Our mission is to strengthen Jewish peoplehood, identity and pluralism and ensure that Judaism is a compelling force for good in the 21st century.
The Shalom Hartman Institute is seeking a dynamic educator to teach, mentor, and to serve as a guide to North American gap-year students as they study in Israel, to prepare them for Jewish life on college campus, and to support them after they return to campus in North America.
Our growing Hevruta gap-year program invites Israelis and North Americans to build a shared values-based community of study and action in the heart of Jerusalem. The program is open to young people from all over Israel and North America, from religious and secular backgrounds, who represent a variety of worldviews. Hevruta’s goal is to create and model Jewish community across difference, and to serve as a living laboratory for life-long relationships between Israeli and Diaspora Jews.
This new position will become an integral part of the Hevruta team serving as a faculty member, role model and pastoral presence for the participants. One core feature of the educational responsibilities will be to serve as a lead teacher of the Institute’s iEngage curriculum in the program, and to design and teach a curriculum that helps prepare the North American students for life in college. This professional will continue to support and stay in relationship with North American Hevruta alumni as they find their way on college campuses, in partnership with SHI NA’s Director of Campus Initiatives, in ways that dovetail with SHI NA’s Campus programming; and will partner with SHI NA staff to build relationships with North American High Schools to lead Hevruta’s recruitment efforts.
This position requires someone who is an engaging teacher and exceptionally strong relationship builder, with experience on college campuses or with high school students. The ideal candidate is also passionate and committed to SHI’s mission and approach to Israel education, a team player who also is able to take individual initiative, and who can adjust to meet changing and variable contexts.
Based in Israel, this professional will travel frequently to North America (3-4 trips annually for the purposes of recruitment and teaching.) The Institute is open to applicants from North America who commit to a minimum of 2 years in the role.
Responsibilities and Duties
- Design and teach a curriculum that helps prepare the North American students for life in college; serve as lead teacher of the Institute’s iEngage curriculum in the program;
- Serve in pastoral role to Hevruta students as they explore big questions personally and those facing the Jewish people;
- Prepare North American Hevruta students to enter college eager to build vibrant and pro-active Jewish lives, especially with the ability to elevate the existing crisis-based discourse around the significance of Israel to one rooted in Jewish values and ideas;
- Build and sustain supportive relationships with North American Hevruta alumni, including in-person visits and educational programs;
- Lead Hevruta recruitment efforts through strengthening relationships with existing feeder high schools, and build new institutional relationship, including in-person visits;
- Serve as a bridge to our Campus Programming team to ensure strategic alignment, student relationship hand-off, student alumni engagement strategy, and to teach in other North American programs as appropriate.
- Alignment with and passion for SHI’s mission and approach to Israel education
- A Masters degree or higher in the field of Jewish learning and/or education (rabbinic ordination preferred)
- Relevant engagement and educational experience with college students, high school students, or young adults
- Exceptional pedagogical skills in informal and formal settings
- A proven track record of building diverse relationships
- Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects at once
- Demonstrated ability to problem solve and when to take initiative in identify problems and devising solutions
- Good sense of humor
- Ability to staff programs across the United States and in Israel
Salary range and benefits: 18,000 - 20,000 NIS per month plus generous benefits package consistent with SHI Israel protocols, plus relocation assistance for North American candidates.