Location and Job Title:
Jewish Living and Learning Coordinator
Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
5601 S. Braeswood
Houston, TX 77096
You will serve as a Jewish inspiration, role model and educator for preschoolers, school-aged children, and adults; you will bring creativity and energy into the planning and facilitating of Jewish life at the J including lectures, classes, holiday programs and other special events.
WHAT YOU WILL DO, IN GENERAL:
Create and execute a wide array of programs for families, children and adults, based on a variety of topics, including but not limited to Jewish culture, holidays, and Jewish living
Engage in both formal and informal teaching roles to students of all ages
Design and implement exciting Jewish curricula for our summer camp programs
Serve as a resource and support for Jewish engagement practice and programs throughout the agency
WHAT YOU WILL DO, SPECIFICALLY:
Lead a variety of other family programs for school-aged children and families, including two family retreats per year in partnership with Jewish residential camps Camp Young Judea and Greene Family Camp
Create meaningful Jewish holiday programming for families
Conceive and coordinate multiple "School's Out" service days for elementary-aged children throughout the year
Develop curriculum for our Ellen Boniuk Early Childhood School (EBECS) in West Houston, including staff training and age-appropriate hands-on lessons for children.
Organize monthly Family Shabbat Happy Hours
Organize annual community-wide Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) celebration in collaboration with other local Jewish agencies and community shlichim (ambassadors from Israel)
Design and implement exciting Jewish curricula for our summer camp programs, which serve more than 1200 campers each summer
Lead weekly Shabbat and Havdalah celebrations for Tot Shabbat, the Bertha Alyce School, EBECS, and J Camps
Engage in formal teaching opportunities:
Lead regular classes through our adult Jewish learning program
Design classes for staff-centered Jewish education
Weekly engagement with our early childhood schools
Staff several evening and weekend CJLL films and lectures monthly/as needed
Identify areas of opportunity and growth in Jewish engagement at the J and beyond our walls
Bachelor's degree required.
Master's preferred, ideally in the field of education, Jewish studies, communal service, social work, or a field of similar study.
3-5 years' experience in Jewish communal service, Jewish education, camping, or similar field
High energy, personable and social; able to connect and build meaningful relationships with children and adults.
Creative outlook on programming and ability to think and plan with the big picture in mind
Proven track record of developing and implementing programs, Judaic or secular, for adults and children.
Strong interpersonal skills that generate enthusiasm for initiatives.
An engaging personality with a passion for teaching and for Judaism.
A clear appreciation for diversity in Jewish life and expression.
Proven experience in teaching Judaics to diverse audiences.
Strong communication skills, both written and oral.
Confidence leading some Jewish rituals including blessings for Shabbat and Havdalah.
Strong organizational skills that generate well designed and executed programs and events.
Flexibility; a team player with a positive and collaborative outlook.
Proficient in social media.
A FEW MORE KEY ELEMENTS:
Must be able to work as part of a team and be able to work independently to achieve specific programmatic and educational goals.
Must be willing to work on several weekends and evenings during the month as necessary to teach or administer departmental programs.
Must be enthusiastic about the pluralistic approach of Jewish life at the J.
Must be willing to work occasionally on Shabbat and holidays for programs designed in the spirit of those days.
Must be willing to travel to off-site facilities.
ABOUT THE HOUSTON JEWISH COMMUNITY: The Houston Jewish population numbers about 50,000 and is a strong and close-knit community, very welcoming and hospitable to newcomers. There are multiple Reform, Conservative and Orthodox congregations in Houston, as well as multiple day schools and several kosher restaurants. The community is thriving and is made up of both native Houstonians and many transplants from out of state. Our JCC is located in the neighborhood of Meyerland, which is the traditional Jewish neighborhood and in large part consists of many Jewish individuals and families.