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.
Temple Israel of Boston is hiring a part-time (12-15 hours) Riverway Project Connector to deepen connections between 20s and 30s to Judaism and each other. The person in this position will support leadership development projects and build relationships with present and potential Riverway attendees. Our work and this role focuses on extending the great power of Jewish community by building friendships, participating in learning and justice opportunities, and gathering for Shabbat and holiday celebrations with the Riverway Project at and through Temple Israel of Boston.
We are looking for an enthusiastic people-person who loves having coffee with new faces, spreading excitement about Riverway Project offerings and supporting our new model of lay leadership development, modeled after our successful Seder Squad 2019 initiative. (Seder Squad 2019 was a training, learning and leadership experience that resulted in 12 home hosted Seders across Boston reaching 150 people. Read more here: www.jewishboston.com/seder-squad-2019)
Who you are:
- A natural relationship-builder with an outgoing, professional demeanor interested in meeting and interacting with people in their 20s and 30s
- A passionate self-starter with strong written and verbal communication skills
- You have a zest for learning about the diverse Jewish opportunities in Boston
- You have experience working in the Jewish community, sharing Jewish wisdom, or in leadership development
- Curious, interested in people, great sense of humor, and a good listener
- Excited to support and participate in all the Riverway Project has to offer
Specifically, you will:
- Manage Seder Squad 2020 and expand the model to develop other leadership training opportunities
- Maintain a 1:1 engagement portfolio with young adults in Boston within and beyond mainstream Jewish settings
- Help to staff and support the Riverway Project’s Young Adult programming
- Co-create new Jewish experiences and share Jewish wisdom in smaller group gatherings
- Receive coaching and supervision from our Rabbi/Director of the Riverway Project
Who we are:
Named after the location of Temple Israel of Boston, the Riverway Project is a bold, exciting initiative that connects adults in their 20s and 30s to each other at Temple Israel. Through study, worship, and justice work, the Riverway Project creates opportunities and “entry points” into Jewish growth. Our goal is for participants to feel comfortable and connected as they explore their Jewish selves and expand their community. Our participants are individuals, couples and families, multiracial families, LGBTQ+, Jews by birth and by choice, non-Jewish partners and spouses. Some Riverway Project events take place at Temple Israel, while others occur in cafes, bars or participants’ homes in and around Boston.