This position is designed for a committed and passionate Jewish educator interested in a unique opportunity to lead a two-synagogue combined religious school program. Temple Emanu-El (Reform) and Congregation Beth Shalom (Conservative) are neighboring congregations (2 minutes apart) with a combined and successful K-12 religious school program (Yachad). Both synagogues are located in Oak Park, Michigan – a progressive City with a diverse, vibrant, and well-established Jewish community. The successful applicant will also serve as Temple Emanu-El’s Education Director We anticipate that the Yachad/Education Director will influence and enhance the lives of many young Jewish students and members of our congregational families.
As clergy leaders of our Yachad education team, Rabbi Matthew Zerwekh (Emanu-El) and Rabbi Robert Gamer (Beth Shalom) will communicate a vision in cooperation with the Yachad Director for all education staff. Rabbi Zerwekh will provide learned direction related to responsibilities assumed as Emanu-El’s Education Director. Our goal is for the Yachad/Education Director to become a vital and valued member of our congregational families.
Duties include the following and those assigned by Rabbi Zerwekh and Rabbi Gamer.
Direction, coordination, administration, and teaching in Yachad Religious School, focusing on bringing/continuing contemporary Judaic and Hebrew learning modalities into a traditional supplemental school model for Yachad students at Temple Emanu-El (Temple) and Congregation Beth Shalom (CBS).
Direction, administration and coordination of family education and engagement for religious school families and other families in concert with clergy to enhance congregational life, including worship.
General oversight and supervision of youth engagement, assistance and leadership of and/or participation in family and adult education classes and programs.
Other and related duties include:
• Developing, supervising, implementing curriculum.
• Hiring and supervising teachers.
• Proposing, overseeing, and implementing a budget.
• Supervising support personnel in both Education Departments.
• Coordinating with congregational leadership the use of two school locations.
• Planning professional development for staff.
• Preparing assessments and providing feedback to students and teachers.
• Supervising school and congregational events related to the overall mission of Yachad, including assisting with Shabbat and Festival worship when Religious School students participate and when otherwise requested.
• Developing and implementing school related Tikkun Olam projects.
• Supervising Madrichim program.
• Communicating with stakeholders.
• Assessing and integrating technology needs.
• Assisting with overall Religious School-related synagogue worship, including consecration, confirmation, and graduation.
• Implementing parental engagement.
• Implementing outreach to current and prospective Yachad families.
• Participating in any overall committees for Yachad established by the congregations.
• Delivering reports to congregational leadership of both congregations.
• Attending staff meetings and, as requested, congregational leadership meetings.
• Seeking grants and other financial assistance from third parties.
• Complying with and working with programs and requirements to seek and obtain funding and other assistance from available sources.
• Advising and assisting with respect to congregational learning – adult education.
• Planning, participating in, and leading family and adult education and engagement classes or programs, as requested, to enhance congregational life, including worship.
• Song leading for Yachad and, if requested, at congregational activities and programs.
• Other related duties, as assigned.
Qualifications and Experience:
-M.A. or equivalent in Jewish education, general education, or another related field.
-Understanding of and experience with practices in Jewish education.
-Experience with providing professional supervision and support of teachers.
-Working knowledge of Hebrew prayers and language (written and spoken).
-Strong organizational and administrative skills.
-Demonstrated commitment to diversity with respect to children’s and family identities.
-Clear and responsive interpersonal and written communication skills.
-Commitment to engage prospective Temple and CBS families and members.
-Firm grounding in Reform and Conservative Judaism life-cycle traditions.
-Classroom teaching experience in Jewish and/or secular education, preferred.
Salary and Benefits:
Competitive and commensurate with experience.
Comprehensive Benefits program including medical insurance, retirement plan, and PTO.
Temple membership and religious school tuition.
Professional dues; funding for professional development.