The Education and Youth Director (EYD) of Beth El Synagogue in Durham, NC is a fulltime employee who reports to the Executive Director. The primary role of the EYD is overseeing general administrative and educational operations of Beth El’s religious school: Talmud Torah. This includes classroom instruction for grades K through 7, the bar/bat mitzvah preparation process and supplemental programs for youth and families. The EYD works under the direction of the Executive Director, in partnership with the Rabbi and in cooperation with the synagogue’s administrative staff and lay-led volunteer school board. The EYD facilitates the integration of Talmud Torah with the ritual and community life of the congregation. The EYD enhances a clear set of social, educational and religious pathways for post-B’nai Mitzvah students. He/She/They serve as a role model in the community by exhibiting a commitment to Jewish practices and attending synagogue and community events.
• Management and supervision of Talmud Torah, including but not limited to
o Curriculum development, implementation and evaluation
o Staff hiring, professional development and evaluation (including classroom observation and supervision)
o Oversight of B’nai Mitzvah preparation process
• Planning and implementation of youth-oriented Shabbat and holiday services
• Supervision of the Director of Youth Engagement
• Coordinating ritual, educational and social engagement for post-B’nai Mitzvah youth
• Pre-Kadima, Kadima, and USY youth groups
• Administrative support to operational functions including budgeting, marketing and public relations
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
• Jewish Education or equivalent degree
• The organizational and management skillset to cooperatively implement and develop curricula and educational programming based on knowledge of best practices and pedagogy in Religious School education
• Familiarity with Hebrew prayer-focused curricula such as Mitkadem Curriculum (or similar)
• Ability to create and promote multiple venues of engaging learning, both formal and informal, for a diverse community of students, teachers, parents and staff
• Engaging, creative and charismatic approach to joyful education
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, including social media fluency
• Financial literacy including ability to read, create and adhere to a budget
• Competence with educational and office technology (Word, Excel, Power Point, Google Suite, etc.)
• Classroom management, teacher supervision and training
• Implementing adult education programming
• Jewish camp (as a camper, counselor, administrator, etc.)
• Hebrew instruction
• Creating and implementing youth-focused Shabbat experiences and services
BETH EL: Educational Philosophy
Beth El Talmud Torah provides children with the skills for a lifetime of connection to Torah, tefillah, Israel, the Jewish people, the world and G-d. Through a combination of classroom instruction, family engagement and youth programming, students internalize Judaism as a powerful way of confronting life’s critical questions. Education at Beth El assumes the following:
• Jewish life is most fully lived through community and connection. Therefore, children’s education cannot exist in a vacuum; it must connect kids to each other, to multiple generations and to other Jewish communities of the past, present and future.
• Students should participate in Jewish conversations, both modern and ancient. Through a process of listening, asking and answering questions, they build a strong and critical Jewish identity.
• Immersion in Jewish ritual and communal living is a prerequisite for understanding the vocabulary of the Jewish tradition.
• Religious education must engage the heart, mind and soul of every student.
BETH EL: The Synagogue
Beth El is a pluralistic, multi-generational community comprised of members who have diverse backgrounds, ideas, levels of knowledge and observance. Beth El is an egalitarian Conservative congregation and a member of the Southeast Seaboard District of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ). The lively and active campus is also home to an Orthodox Kehillah, affiliated with the Orthodox Union (OU). Beth El is committed to observance of the mitzvot: to the principle of Klal Yisrael, reaching out to all Jews; to the principle of tikkun olam, which seeks to make the world whole through social and political action; and to the support of Eretz Yisrael, the homeland of the Jewish people. Learn more at www.betheldurham.org.
BETH EL: The Community
Durham is a colorful, creative and entrepreneurial community with locally-grown and internationally-acclaimed artists, athletes and restauranteurs. Centrally located in the state, Durham is a convenient departure point for day trips exploring the natural beauty of North Carolina – from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic coastline. The cities of Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh are collectively known as the “Research Triangle,” in part because they are home to Duke University, University of North Carolina (UNC) and North Carolina State University (NC State). Beth El has strong ties to these collegiate communities, all of which are within a half-hour drive of the synagogue.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Beth El offers a competitive salary and benefits package. More detailed information can be provided to candidates invited for interview.
• Salary: commensurate with experience and education.
• Benefits: health insurance; retirement plan with employer contribution; professional development allowance; professional dues; synagogue membership fees; religious school tuition for dependents; flexible spending account for health care, childcare and/or eldercare costs; paid vacation, sick leave, family leave and holidays.