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Hebrew/Religious School Director

The Narberth Havurah provides open-hearted Jewish engagement for individuals on their own spiritual path and for families looking for a meaningful Jewish connection. We are a community of seekers, learners, joyous celebrants and participants in contemporary Judaism. We offer Community Shabbat celebrations and services, holiday services and programs, Hebrew school for children, and opportunities for adults to learn – and play – together. We are an open and welcoming community composed of individuals and families of diverse Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds. We currently have approximately 40 households. Our Hebrew School meets at Jewish Family and Children’s Services Brodsky Center on Montgomery Rd. in Bala Cynwyd.

We believe that the best way to engage children as they begin their Jewish learning is through a fun and meaningful learning environment. Our school aims to foster positive Jewish identity and a sense of community in each student. We help students gain the skills and knowledge that enable them to feel comfortable and empowered as participating members in the Jewish life of their families, the Narberth Havurah, and the larger community.
Our school is a place where students are challenged to live out the universal values of kindness, respect, inclusiveness, and justice for all people. With many of our students coming from interfaith families, we affirm that Judaism is one of many paths that teach people to live wisely and well.
Each year, our school focuses on a particular learning theme which serves as a prism through which students will see and experience different facets of Jewish life. Themes include: Rhythms and Cycles of Jewish Life, It’s a Mitzvah!, Jewish Heroes/Jewish Values, and Jewish History through Story.
Havurah kids are taught that there is no one “right way” to live as a Jew, and will be offered multiple perspectives to think about the ideas we discuss in class. Most importantly, they’ll learn that they are part of a community in which asking good questions is valued, the diversity among us is honored, and there are many beautiful ways to bring Judaism into their lives.
We have twenty one third through sixth grade students in our school for the 2019/2020 school year. Classes are once a week (Tuesday has been our meeting day, but that may be flexible) from 4:30 – 6:00 pm, with half of each session in Hebrew classes and half in Judaica classes focused on the learning theme of the year.

The School Director will prepare for each new school year by planning curriculum, hiring any teachers needed, preparing the school budget and schedule. These tasks will be done in collaboration with Rabbi Simcha and/or the Hebrew School committee, and with the support of the executive committee as needed (in budgeting, for example). The Director will work in collaboration with Rabbi Simcha in planning the overall direction of the school and theme for each school year.

During the school year, the Director will be responsible for curriculum (though each teacher may plan for their own classes) and administration of the school, as well as teach both Hebrew and Judaica classes. The Director will supervise teachers and coordinate volunteers. In addition, the Director will be responsible for communication with parents, and will attend meetings (likely quarterly, and no more than once per month) with the rabbi/Hebrew School committee, or other groups within the community to ensure good communication and collaboration with the larger Havurah community. The director will work with the rabbi to plan for rabbi visits to the school, and to plan one or two community events such as Hebrew School Shabbat services or holiday programming in which Hebrew School kids play a major role.
Classes meet once per week, between twenty eight and thirty two sessions each year, between September and June, for one and a half hours. Salary is commensurate with anticipated hours worked. Position to begin with preparation late summer for Fall 2020.

We are seeking:
~ Someone whose presence, teaching style, and personal connection to Judaism communicate the joy of Jewish life, learning and community!
~ Minimum of three to five years of experience in Jewish education, curriculum development and lesson planning, preferably having taught primary and middle school age students, and both Hebrew and Judaica classes
~ Someone with a patient, positive approach to classroom management, and who possesses skills in teaching and managing emotional regulation
~ Someone who is creative (musical is a plus), with great ideas to make learning fun, relevant, and meaningful

~ Please send cover letter and resume to by April 1, 2020.

Duration part-time
Ad Posted On 2020-02-26
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Ad is posted for 90 days
Categories Hebrew School/Sunday School
Focus Education & Schools
Organization Name Narberth Havurah
Job Location 345 Montgomery Ave
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
United States
Application Instructions
Please send resume with cover letter and references by April 1st to:

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