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Shabbat Educator - monthly Saturday 4-6 year old program

Shabbat Educator - once a month, on a Saturday morning, 4-6 year olds program

The Woodstock Jewish Congregation, an inclusive and progressive synagogue in Ulster County, New York, seeks a dynamic and loving educator for our Family School. We use the term Family School, rather than Hebrew School, to denote our commitment to community involvement in our children’s education. The educator will join our school as it reopens after a year-long hiatus, and help develop a curriculum and strategic plan that leads to growth and sustainability of the program.

Due to frequently evolving COVID protocols by WJC, the ideal candidate will be able pivot instruction to outdoors, indoors, and online teaching as needed. As an organization with a large outdoor campus, we encourage applicants who are comfortable teaching outdoors and in nature. The salary will be highly competitive and will require staff to be onsite only once a month on a Saturday morning, with allowance for prep time and planning off site as needed.

The Family School’s mission is to foster strong Jewish identities by utilizing a combination of experiential learning opportunities, introduction to Jewish custom and practice in a holistic manner, and a commitment to mutual respect of all. We put great focus on the value of a loving community and hope to make WJC feel like a Jewish home for all of our students. We also put special focus on the building of personal relationships through a culture of friendship, support, and respect.

Our School is guided by the following values:

-Community is the cornerstone of our institution. We strive to create a school that is welcoming, inclusive, intergenerational, and diverse, by fostering engagement and connections between members.

-Judaism is a living culture and religion, and therefore Jewish education should be engaging and experiential. Through strong creativity, we utilize hands-on learning, physical movement, arts, music, and the community resources of the congregation to deliver a robust religious curriculum. We also place great value on access to our large outdoor campus, including ponds, a hiking trail, and our large open fields.

The chosen educators will uphold the School’s mission and core values and lead it towards its vision of a true “Family School” that both attracts and retains new families, and is the backbone of the WJC Community. We imagine a loving, exciting, creative, and inspiring school that is a welcoming home for Jewish learning in the Hudson Valley. We will employ hands-on learning to encourage a strong Jewish identity, with foundational Hebrew, Jewish culture, practice, and a sense of community through a respectful and nurturing approach.

An ideal candidate should be an effective educator, communicator, and community-builder. They will be familiar with Jewish practice and custom, and be able to design and lead programming that supports progression from early childhood and beyond.


1. Think strategically and creatively about the future of the school, collaborate with stakeholders in reviewing and updating existing curriculum in order to create a progressive curriculum for the Family School reflecting the WJC mission and vision statements and core values.

2. Communicate and work cooperatively with multiple constituencies, including the Executive Director, Rabbi, staff, families, and community shareholders.

3. Create a warm and inviting learning environment, emphasizing high expectations related to academic, personal, and Jewish values, as well as bringing positivity and consistency as a “face” of the school.

Desired Skills
* Knowledge and flexibility with creative and experiential curriculum development and implementation
* Openness to innovative models of Jewish education
* Experience and familiarity with digital and hybrid learning platforms, with a working knowledge of Zoom, Google suite products, and other online educational tools.
*High level of comfort teaching outdoors. We have hopes of our students spending as much time as possible outdoors.

- B.A./B.S. or higher degree in education and/or Judaic Studies or related fields
- Experience in Jewish education, teaching, and curriculum development
- Hebrew and Prayer literacy preferred
-All staff must pass a background check

Applicants: Please upload a PDF of your resume and cover letter.

The WJC Vision Statement:

The Woodstock Jewish Congregation/Kehillat Lev Shalem promotes Jewish identity and values. We are an inclusive, caring, egalitarian congregation. We are always striving to be a joyous, supportive home and place of worship that connects community; one that engages and enriches Jewish spiritual, cultural, ethical, educational, and social life.

Duration part-time
Benefits Paid planning hours
Ad Posted On 2021-06-09
Times this Ad has been viewed 491 times
Ad is posted for 90 days
Categories Part Time Teaching
Focus Education & Schools, Youth
Organization Name Woodstock Jewish Congregation
Job Location 1682 Glasco Turnpike
Woodstock, New York
United States
Application Instructions
Please contact the Executive Director, Andrew Maayan
[email protected]

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