Adath Israel is more than a suburban synagogue of 800 families on Philadelphia’s Main Line. We are a multifaceted, intergenerational, thriving and growing community that offers multiple means of accessing Judaism, connection and meaning. As a shul, we are committed to experimenting, and exploring ways in which we can build an ever stronger and more relevant Judaism for the 21st century. We are looking for an innovative educator, leader, and administrator to help us reimagine and transform what synagogue supplemental education looks like.
The Education Director will collaborate with our energetic and creative clergy to help us shape and shift our internal culture & conversation around what synagogue-based education is and can be. We are looking for an vibrant self starter who is able to connect with learners of all ages and stages. A willingness to experiment and try new things is a must! We want to work with someone who is also excited to get their hands dirty executing a shared vision of tomorrow’s synagogue based Jewish learning.
Responsibilities, not limited to:
Lead educator who can plan and implement re-envisioning of our current educational model.
Be a creative partner with our clergy to craft meaningful Jewish moments and connections.
Develop and execute communications strategy for school-aged families, including a social media plan and making sure the “word gets out” to the larger Adath Israel Community.
Create and execute programming for school-aged families, preschool families and the greater Adath Israel community.
Recruit, supervise and mentor teachers, madrichim (high school aged aids) and other educational staff.
Maintain budget including submitting payroll and general school related expenditures.
Create and participate in the execution of holiday celebrations and family worship with clergy.
Actively participate in synagogue committees relevant to the education department including but not limited to School committee, Youth committee, etc.
Oversee and develop youth groups and assist with Hebrew High School programs with clergy.
Liaise with fellow Kehillah of Lower Merion Educators.
Strong communication skills, including (but not limited to) social media savvy and vision
Comfort developing and implementing an experiential curriculum
Experience and familiarity with digital and hybrid learning platforms, working knowledge of modern educational platforms
Energetic and able to connect with learners of all ages and stages
Willingness to experiment and try new things
Visionary, has the pulse on current trends and is willing to imagine what the future of Jewish education could be
Ability to work with all stakeholders; clergy, administration, staff, parents, lay leaders and community members
B.A. in Humanities
M.A. in Jewish Studies/Education a plus
Background in leadership in Jewish Educational Settings; Camp/Youth group, Hillel, a PLUS!
At least 3+ years experience in synagogue educational setting
Previous supervisory experience preferred (Synagogue or Camp Setting)
Strong background in Jewish knowledge