Adas Israel is a growing 1600+ household Conservative synagogue in the heart of Washington, DC. The Education and Youth Department at Adas Israel is proud to serve our diverse family community from birth through college. Children, like adults, can feel drawn to Judaism in many different ways: through prayer, through learning, through social justice, through peer relationships and beyond. We are home to a number of different school experiences, programs, Shabbat and holiday services, family learning and youth groups to encourage our children and their grownups to engage in meaningful, communal experiences throughout the course of the year. The Estelle and Melvin Gelman Religious School is an integral part of the congregation, serving over 450 students. Our religious school program seeks to provide an education designed to inspire our students to lead their lives as identified, committed Jews and ethical human beings. Our purpose is to instill Jewish values and a sense of pride in our students for their Jewish heritage, customs, language and traditions by creating a learning environment that is warm, challenging and enticing.
The full time educators in the Education Department work to create and implement learning experiences, programs and services for our students in PreK-12th grade. The educators spend time programming and creating strong lessons, by utilizing various models and methods of teaching. Guidance and support are provided as well as opportunities to learn new tools in teaching and to join a peer group of passionate educators. We are seeking team members who are creative Jewish educators with a strong knowledge base of Jewish content, ranging from traditional Jewish texts to contemporary Jewish/Israeli wisdom and culture.
• Planning, implementation and assessment of specific programs for students across a variety of ages
• Teaching and engaging students in Religious School and High School classrooms
• Assist in the planning and facilitation of youth group events, shabbatonim, and Shabbat and holiday
• Collaboration with broader programming including, but not limited to High Holy Days, Purim programming,
Israel education, and Family Engagement programs.
• Involvement in planning and executing programs with youth groups
• Bachelors degree
• Previous experience in a synagogue, camp or youth environment
• Strong Jewish background and literacy
• Comfortable and literate in traditional liturgy
• Song leading/music skills a plus