Judaic Studies Teacher @ Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School

Judaic Studies Teacher

Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School seeks an outstanding Judaic Studies Teacher. We seek an intelligent, thoughtful, and passionate educator with experience teaching Jewish texts using a progressive approach. The ideal candidate will be expected to inspire and engage our students and work collaboratively with both our Judaic and General Studies staff. This teacher should be confident to challenge and be challenged by colleagues.


At Akiba-Schechter, we teach children, not subjects. Our teachers partner with colleagues to develop strategies to reach and stretch every student. We focus on implementing creative and innovative ideas that foster intellectual, spiritual, and social growth in our students. Project based learning and assessments are central to our philosophy.


Our Judaic curriculum is based upon primary texts and Modern Orthodox practice with deep respect for the vastly different practices of Judaism within our community. Specifically, our Judaics program is guided by the Modern Orthodox philosophy of Torah Umadda (Torah and Worldly Knowledge). We care deeply about the cultivation of Jewish values and the character of each child and family. We strive to foster a passion for and knowledge of Judaism and humanity. We promote scholarship for the soul and mind with a strong commitment to in-depth Torah and worldly study, the state of Israel, Jewish values, Halacha, and human dignity.


Preferred Qualifications include some combination of:
Progressive experience teaching Jewish texts to multiple age groups;
Educational experience in a Jewish Day School or camp;
A master’s degree in education or comparable advanced degree;
Rabbinical ordination or similar advanced Judaic studies certification or study.

Required Qualifications include:
Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of teaching experience;
Experience developing healthy, supportive relationships with students;
Strong problem-solving, organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills;
Flexibility and attention to detail;
Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality;

General duties include:
Lead at least three Judaic Studies classes and participate in interdisciplinary classes
Student supervision duties as needed
Lead a Tefillah group
Enhance the culture of the school as a caring, warm, Jewish community that intentionally celebrates Judaism and Jewish life among a diverse student body.
Be a strong Jewish role model for our students, staff and families.
Work closely with colleagues to ensure individual students’ needs are met.
Respond effectively to parental inquiries, develop and promote proactive and positive communications with parents.
Support efforts to promote awareness of Akiba-Schechter

Application Instructions

Applicants apply directly to Employer.
Please submit your resume, cover letter, and a sample lesson plan to [email protected] In your cover letter, please explain why you are excited about Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School and how your experiences and skills will help further our mission.
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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, parental leave, medical, vision, dental, 401(k) or 403(b) plans, leave early for Shabbat, Life Insurance
  • Other Benefits: Long term disability and dependent tuition discounts available
  • Preferred Experience: Managerial (3-5 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2021-04-14
  • Times this job has been viewed: 220 times
  • Job is posted for: 45 days
  • Job Categories: Jewish Studies Teacher
  • Organization Type: Education & Schools
Job Location
Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School
5235 S Cornell Ave
Chicago , Illinois 60615
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