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Israel Educator (Part-Time)

B’nai Jeshurun seeks a talented Jewish professional to develop Israel-related programming and engagement opportunities for our community.

The scope of work includes developing education and engagement programming for adults of all ages, and collaborating with the Family Life and Learning department to incorporate Israel education into youth and family programming. 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 bring a strong knowledge of Israel and the ability to curate sophisticated and relevant Israel engagement programs; 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 BJ’s Israel engagement programming for adults, including large scale educational events; and smaller scale community-building programs such as Hebrew Speaking Havurah and Israeli Book Club
  • 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 (if relevant), coordinating with other coalition partners to develop an array of neighborhood-based  ​Yom Ha’atzma-ut​ programs
  • Assuming travel to Israel becomes safe, oversee the planning and implementation of BJ’s Israel trips
  • 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 Communications department on Israel-related communications
  • Prepare and manage the budget and all financial activity for relevant programmatic areas

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, and to bringing voices that are not often heard in American Jewish communities
  • 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

This is a part time position, 20 hours/week on average. Salary is $30-40/hour depending on experience. To apply: send resume and cover letter to spassow@bj.org

B’nai Jeshurun is committed to creating a staff culture and congregational community that is accessible, inclusive, and equitable. In particular, we have been on a journey over the past several years to understand the history and impact of racism in America, within the American Jewish community, and within the BJ congregation and staff in particular. We seek to build a community and staff that reflects and celebrates the diversity of America, as well as of the Jewish community, and are looking for team members who want to be part of our ongoing learning, and to contribute to it. People of Color, Jews of Color, Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, and LGBTQIA+ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.