Program Director, Israel Engagement (full-time)

Since our founding in 1825, B’nai Jeshurun (BJ) has been at the forefront of the American Jewish experience. As we approach our third century, our vision is focused on the spiritual work of transformation and on the creation of a Jewish spiritual path that is authentic, profound, and helps every member seek and live his or her purpose to the fullest.

Our spiritual leaders and our nearly 1,800 member families share a vision of a diverse, dynamic, and welcoming community that offers many paths to Jewish religious life, while supporting one another in their spiritual quests. We are committed to honoring tradition while re-imagining and innovating our practices and programs to create a vibrant Jewish life for the 21st century.

B’nai Jeshurun seeks a talented Jewish leader and community organizer to build on our community’s longstanding commitment to Israel and to help expand the impact of the Community Engagement department across the congregation.

The scope of work includes overseeing all aspects of BJ’s Israel education and engagement programming for adults—including our signature Israel Salons, small and large scale lectures and educational events, and Israel trips for various demographics—and collaborating with the Family Life and Learning department to incorporate Israel education into youth and family programming. In addition, this individual will manage select community engagement initiatives outside of Israel programming, with the exact projects to be determined on the basis of the background, interests, and expertise of the selected candidate.

This position reports to the Director of Community Engagement, and will interface with all members of the Community Engagement department, the programmatic staff, and lay leaders from across the congregation.

The successful candidate will be a confident, Jewish professional with: strong knowledge of Israel and the ability to curate sophisticated and relevant Israel engagement programs; a passion for building relationships and community; excellent communications and project management skills; the flexibility to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment; and the experience to partner with colleagues across the organization, as well as with lay leaders and external partner organizations.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage all of BJ’s Israel engagement programming for adults, including:
    • Home-hosted programs such as our Israel Salons and Israeli Book Club
    • Ulpan programs
    • Large scale lectures, panel discussions, and educational events
  • Partner with other Upper West Side and NYC organizations as appropriate to offer joint Israel programming
  • Represent BJ in the UWS Celebrates Israel program planning
    • Host and help plan the Tekes Maavar
    • Coordinate with other coalition partners to develop an array of neighborhood-based  ​Yom Ha’atzma-ut​ programs
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of BJ’s Israel trips, including a family trip, teen trip, and other community trip
  • Develop other Israel-related programming as appropriate
  • Collaborate with other BJ departments, such as Family Life and Learning and the Center for Prayer and Spirituality, to infuse Israel content into other areas of BJ programming
  • Collaborate with the Advancement department on Israel-related communications and fundraising initiatives
  • Manage other Community Engagement initiatives, programs, and/or committees, to be determined based on department need and candidate interest and skill
  • Prepare and manage the budget and all financial activity for relevant programmatic areas
  • Support the mission and vision of the Community Engagement Department by building relationships with community members, cultivating leaders, modeling and training others in the ethos of “radical embrace,” and fostering connections between congregants


Qualifications, Skills, and Experience:

  • 4+ years of professional experience with demonstrated expertise in Israel-related educational programming
  • Modern Hebrew language skills
  • Strong knowledge of the Israeli political, religious, and cultural landscape, and the ability to bring a diverse and rich array of speakers and programs to the BJ community
  • Sophisticated sensitivity to managing diverse viewpoints on Israel
  • Demonstrated ability to move ideas and programs forward
  • Talent for juggling multiple tasks under tight deadlines and performing in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Excellent analytical, verbal, and written communication skills, along with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to build relationships with diverse individuals and populations


Personal Qualities and Values:

  • Self starter with an entrepreneurial spirit and a willingness to take risks
  • High emotional intelligence and maturity
  • Relational orientation and a team player
  • Flexibility, and a willingness to listen effectively and to seek and receive feedback
  • Humble confidence, openness to being mentored
  • Belief in stretching oneself and growing as a spiritual practice
  • Sense of humor


To Apply:
Please send your cover letter and resume to Shuli Passow, Director of Community Engagement.

A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered to the right candidate, including health insurance, dental, vision, retirement, and more.


Equal Opportunity Employment:
In recognition of our values, commitment to social justice, and responsibility to our employees, congregants, and the greater civic and national community, BJ is committed to equality of opportunity. To this end, BJ’s policy is to comply with the laws, regulations, and orders that provide for and impose obligations on employers with respect to the management of their equal employment opportunity programs. Accordingly, BJ conducts its business and practices in a manner that fully complies with all federal, state, and local laws governing equal employment opportunity. BJ’s compliance with such laws are intended to eliminate discrimination against employees or applicants for employment on account of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, veteran’s status, disability, or other factors unrelated to a person’s ability to do the job.