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Temple Israel is widely recognized as the largest reform temple in New England, and it is one of the most prominent synagogues in the greater Boston area. Temple Israel is known for offering an array of Jewish experiences and cultural and social programming, including interfaith inclusion and social justice activism. Our historic building is home to a K-12 Religious School, a well-renowned preschool, and Beacon Academy, an independent school for urban youth. Through our website, email blasts, social media presence, and print media, we strive to communicate the benefits of affiliation and membership. In addition to spiritual connection, Temple Israel offers volunteer opportunities, social justice outreach, education programs, youth group activities, and inter-generational events. It has initiated a multi-year process for revitalization called the TI Project: Shaping Our Future, with the objective to sustain congregational life by fostering meaningful, transformative relationships.

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Temple Israel of Boston is seeking a 20 hour/week Program Coordinator to launch a new initiative, expanding its capacity to meaningfully engage families with young children in Jewish life. This newly created half-time position will be responsible for reaching out in innovative and entrepreneurial ways to support and help families with young children (0-5) find their way into the Jewish community through Temple Israel.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Build community through strategic engagement techniques in the Greater Boston area based on the realities of contemporary family life, including but not limited to geographic shifts, scheduling considerations for working families, and their Jewish and spiritual desires and needs
  • Welcoming new parents into the Temple Israel community with appropriate programs and holiday celebrations through bridge-building with staff and lay leaders
  • Working with the Village Leadership Team and Rabbi Soffer to ensure we are responding to the evolving needs of families as they navigate this complex stage of life
  • Organizing programs that make Judaism accessible, relevant, and “real” for families. These programs will be:
    • Low cost and non-membership
    • Varied and includes but are not limited to play groups, parenting programs, holiday and ritual programs, and more
    • Offered in a variety of venues including the synagogue, a Cambridge/Somerville “hotspot,” as well as other popular venues for parents in the community (homes, libraries, museums, etc.)
  • Specific efforts to ensure outreach is sensitive to the needs of interfaith, GLBTQ, and multi-racial families
  • Evaluating the success of our engagement strategies and programs

 

SUPERVISION:

This position will work with and be supervised by Rabbi Matthew Soffer. The Program Coordinator will work with The Village Leadership Team, Temple Israel clergy and staff, and the FJECC preschool director.

A professional mentor will be available for consultation regarding strategies for finding potential participants and programming for this key demographic. This mentor will also provide guidance to develop a resource toolkit.

 

EDUCATION, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • 2-5 years of experience in related field
  • Relationship-building skills and event organizing experience
  • Ability to interact with confidentiality, integrity, and tact when working with the diverse community
    • Strong written and oral communication skills
    • Ability to work independently, autonomously, and exhibit strong follow-through
    • Superb time-management skills
    • Experience with social media and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook); familiarity with databases and online marketing
    • Familiarity with Jewish life cycle events and an appreciation for the importance of a synagogue in a Jewish community is preferred

Hours are oriented around the program schedule and meetings with clergy, staff, and lay leaders, with occasional evening and weekend hours including Jewish holidays. Salary commensurate with experience.

ABOUT THE VILLAGE: an Initiative of Temple Israel of Boston for Families with Young Children

Our Mission: To connect Jewish families with young children to each other and Judaism—within and beyond the walls of the synagogue—through activities that bring joy and meaning to their lives.

 

GOALS OF THE VILLAGE:

  • Build community through strategic engagement techniques in the Greater Boston area based on the realities of contemporary family life, including but not limited to geographic shifts, scheduling considerations for working families, and their Jewish and spiritual desires and needs
  • Provide support for parents to sustain and nourish their spiritual, emotional, and intellectual lives as they navigate the challenges of growing their families
  • Lower barriers of entry for families currently disengaged from formal Jewish institutions to find authentic space among peers to discover and live Judaism together

Temple Israel is looking for enthusiastic, imaginative, and skillful teachers to join our team of educators for the 2017-2018 school year. Positions available in grades K-7.

Candidates should enjoy working with children and have prior successful teaching experiences. Familiarity with second language pedagogy, technology applications, curriculum development, and student assessment is desirable. Good command of Biblical Hebrew also a plus. Candidates should be comfortable adopting the curricular vision of the religious school as we seek to construct powerful educational experiences that are inclusive, joyful, and inspiring.

Temple Israel Religious School has a commitment to professional development and offers a unique an yearlong learning opportunity to all its faculty. Ideal candidates will be collaborative teachers who relish the idea of working, growing, and learning alongside their colleagues.

Bachelor’s Degree required.

Part time. Competitive pay based on experience.

Temple Israel is seeking an experienced and personable Membership and Engagement Director to manage all membership and engagement related activities. We are seeking a motivated self-starter who can take our existing processes and enhance them to improve recruitment and retention practices. The position is a pivotal role for the success of Temple Israel, and requires dependability, the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and a high level of professionalism.

The successful candidate will have the ability to work independently, with a proven track record of self-direction, follow-through, and dependability. Excellent oral and written communications skills, keen attention to detail, and stellar customer service and interpersonal skills are a must. The candidate should be able to relate to the wide spectrum of Temple Israel constituencies, and cultivate strong organizational proficiency.

This is a superb opportunity for an energetic and proactive professional. Vibrant applicants with a sense of humor and a desire for longevity in this role are encouraged to apply.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Maintain a clean membership database, includes keeping member data fresh and accurate
  • Recruit new members and execute outreach strategies
  • Develop and implement member retention techniques
  • Support the efforts of the Membership Committee, ensuring their success
  • Effectively communicate with Temple Israel congregation regarding membership-related items
  • Oversee the on-boarding process of new members, helping them launch and build an attachment
  • Manage the resignation process
  • Track and report membership trends to the executive director, staff, and Board of Trustees
  • Collaborate with staff to identify opportunities to bring in non-members who we serve
  • Manage High Holy Day ticketing including member, non-member, and reciprocal requests
  • Work closely with our rabbi who oversees engagement to build and implement engagement strategies

EDUCATION, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Masters preferred
  • 5+ years of experience in related field
  • Ability to interact with confidentiality, integrity, and tact when working with the diverse community
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail, even under tight deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and autonomously and exhibit strong follow-through
  • Superb time-management skills is a must
  • A demonstrated track record with database management (specifically Salesforce) is a plus
  • High computer literacy: adept in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook); familiarity with databases and online marketing
  • Experience with Board of Trustees and lay-leadership committee relations is a plus
  • Familiarity with Jewish life cycle events and an appreciation for the importance of a synagogue in a Jewish community is a plus

Hours are generally 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with occasional evening and weekend hours, including major Jewish holidays Salary commensurate with experience.

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Irina Preys

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617-566-3960

jobs@tisrael.org

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