About Temple Beth Shalom
Temple Beth Shalom is a warm, vibrant and diverse community of individuals and families, located in Needham, Massachusetts. We unite in a dynamic, ongoing relationship by a desire to embrace the values, traditions and teachings of Torah through the lens of Reform Judaism. Through worship, celebration, lifelong learning, and service to others, we seek to inspire spirituality, nurture personal growth, promote social justice, deepen Jewish experiences and enrich the life of each member.
About Mayim and Jr. Etzim
Mayim and Jr. Etzim are TBS's Jewish learning programs for children in grades K-7 and their families. It is our version of what is often called "religious school" or "Hebrew school" in other communities, but it is a completely new approach to learning in a congregational setting. Built around a project-based and experiential curriculum, it includes once-a-week classroom sessions and integrated opportunities for family learning and strong relationship building. Our curriculum is built on the twin pillars of “Depth of Relationships” and “Depth of Learning.” Using a full-time faculty of Jewish Learning Guides (JLGs), Mayim and Jr. Etzim offer ongoing exposure and exploration of Jewish holidays, prayers, and Hebrew, in addition to our distinctive Exploration curriculum, through which children and JLGs partner to investigate big questions and engage in hands-on, long-term projects. Learn more at tbsmayim.org and tbsetzim.org
Mayim and Jr. Etzim are facilitated by a team of Jewish educators called “Jewish Learning Guides.” This is not the typical “religious school teacher” position. Jewish Learning Guides (JLGs) work in teams of 2-3 people, supported by a curriculum coach. Each team is focused on children in a particular grade. Together, the team of JLGs crafts curriculum, plans, and facilitates learning experiences for the children in their age group.
The learning time with our students takes place at a variety of times during the week, including Sunday mornings and weekday afternoons. In addition, all of our JLGs are asked to participate in monthly “Jewish Connection Experiences” with our students and their families outside of regular learning times. These are opportunities for celebrating Shabbat and holidays together, and for parents to join with their children in Jewish learning.
In addition to face-to-face time with children and families, the JLGs have time set aside at TBS each week for planning, preparation, professional development, and building relationships and communicating with families.
We are currently seeking full time and part time Jewish Learning Guides.
All full time positions are benefits-eligible. Full-time positions are Sunday-Thursday.
We have openings in a few grade levels for the 2021-2022 school year.
Working knowledge of child development;
Joyful disposition with children;
Experience working with elementary age children, preferably in non-school settings (e.g. overnight camp, afterschool programs, arts-based environments);
Working knowledge of and eagerness to engage with Jewish tradition, practice, ritual, prayer, and holidays;
Ability to actively participate in children’s learning activities, including frequent reaching, stooping, sitting on the floor, bending, occasional lifting and carrying, and supervising active play;
Flexibility and willingness to engage in a wide variety of tasks;
Ability to reflect on one’s practices and to improve upon them;
Eagerness to partner with, and learn from, other educators.
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Sara Berk, Associate Director********************