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.
Executive Coordinator for Senior Rabbi
Temple Israel seeks an experienced and personable Executive Coordinator for our Senior Rabbi to provide high level support to coordinate and manage projects in addition to being responsible for administrative details. The Executive Assistant works closely with the Senior rabbi in all aspects of synagogue life and plays a pivotal role in relating and connecting to our members and other civic leaders. The position requires dependability, creativity, the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and proactively, all with a degree of professionalism. The successful candidate will possess keen attention to detail; a proven track record of self-direction, follow-through, and dependability on large projects; demonstrated experience with schedule management and organizational systems; and an appreciation for the diverse roles that a synagogue plays in a Jewish community. This positions suits someone interested in working in a congregation known for its visible and active clergy, its strong and talented lay leadership, its dedicated staff, its highly diverse congregation, and its many and varied programs. The Executive Assistant will play a key role in helping to move our dynamic community forward. Vibrant applicants with a sense of humor and a desire for longevity in this role are encouraged to apply.
Program and Administrative
- Support Senior Rabbi in new initiatives in design, lay leader interaction, and follow up
- Provide support and coordination of programs that are under the Senior Rabbi portfolio, including Classes, Travel, 50s/60s Programs and Events, Leadership Development
- Oversee Senior Rabbi’s calendar and appointments
- Help to coordinate clergy pastoral assignments
- Attend clergy meetings, when appropriate, to guarantee follow through
- Administer Clergy Discretionary Fund
- Prepare written reports, forms, grants, services, program handouts, and publicity materials; develop and create media materials and PowerPoint presentations for congregation-wide programs. Proofread all work for accuracy and neatness.
- Act as internal/external liaison for Clergy offices with the ability to disseminate information on activities of the congregation.
- Interact and engage with members of the congregation in relationship building
Holidays and Lifecycle Events
- Provide general information and administrative assistance for lifecycle events, including Weddings, Conversions, and Baby Namings, and follow-up as necessary.
- Coordinate clergy logistics for participation of High Holy Days Provide assistant in preparing for Selichot, Sukkot/Simchat Torah, Purim, and Passover
- Funeral Management: May involve overseeing and coordinating the funeral process for all Temple Israel members and their loved ones; also may include intake phone calls and oncall status, when needed. May be assigned other tasks and duties reasonably related to job responsibilities.
Qualifications and Skills
- Project Management
- Basic Accounting Ability
- Ability to interact positively with members of the synagogue community and others
- Agility with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Davka, Google Docs, DropBox, Constant Contact, and other communication platforms
- Exemplary written and verbal skills
- Tenacious attention to detail, even under tight deadlines
- Ability to prioritize tasks and manage multiple projects
- Professional, diplomatic, and discreet with confidential matters
- Knowledge of synagogue life, Judaism, Jewish holiday cycle and Hebrew desired but not necessary
- Bachelor’s degree
- 5 years equivalent work experience preferred
How We Will Work Together
This position reports directly to the Senor Rabbi, and is supervised by the Executive Director. S/he will also serve as a liaison between the clergy office and other departments, including Communications, Development, and Education.
What We Offer
- Paid vacation, personal and sick time and Jewish holidays/comp. time
- Competitive benefits for medical, disability and life insurance, retirement plan, flexible spending account, and maternal/paternal leave
- Dental insurance available at group rate
The Village for Families with Young Children
Our Mission is 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.
The Village for Families with Young Children is a collaborative effort between Temple Israel, the Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center (FJECC) and Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) to engage families with kids ages 0-5 in the Boston area in Jewish life through Jewish holiday celebrations, age cohort meetups (newborns, crawlers, toddlers and preschoolers) and opportunities for parent learning and connection.
Program Coordinator, The Village for Families with Young Children
Temple Israel of Boston is seeking a 15 hour/week Program Coordinator to meaningfully engage families with young children in Jewish life. This part 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.
- Welcome a community of parents and their children through intentional relationship building, meaningful programming and engagement in accessible Jewish life and learning opportunities.
- Manage the logistics for a diverse set of programming that includes Shabbat and holiday celebrations, a winter play space, gatherings for age specific cohorts (expectant parents, crawlers, toddlers, etc) and Parents Night Out.
- Working with the Village Leadership Team and the clergy to ensure we are responding to the evolving needs of families as they navigate this complex stage of life
- This role will serve as a part of the Education Team at Temple Israel, alongside a diverse, enthusiastic group of educators. Additionally, you will be engaged in temple-wide outreach and engagement endeavors.
- Specific efforts to ensure outreach is sensitive to the needs of interfaith, GLBTQ, and multi-racial families
This position will work with and be supervised by Rabbi Suzie Jacobson who leads the Village, and you will coordinate with Rabbi Jen Gubitz who leads engagement initiatives with families with young children. The Program Coordinator will work with The Village Leadership Team, as well as the Temple Israel clergy, staff, and FJECC, Pre-School Director.
EDUCATION, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE
- 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 to include weekend hours and Jewish holidays, and are meant to fit the life of a busy parent. This is the kind of job that invites you to bring your child to work.
Temple Israel of Boston is hiring a part-time Riverway Project Peer Connector to deepen connections between 20s and 30s to Judaism and each other. The person in this position will connect with present and potential attendees, support leadership development and build relationships. 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 regard the Riverway Project as an emergent community supported by the legacy institution of the synagogue.
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.)
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, ay and straight, Jews by birth and by choice, non-Jewish partners and spouses. Some Riverway Project events take place at Temple Israel, while others occur in participants’ homes in and around Boston.
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 (social media skills a plus)
- 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 participate in all the Riverway Project has to offer
Specifically, you will:
- Maintain a 1:1 engagement portfolio with young adults in Boston within and beyond mainstream Jewish settings
- Manage Seder Squad 2020 and finesse the model to develop other leadership training opportunities
- 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
Temple Israel is looking for enthusiastic, imaginative, and skillful teachers to join our team of educators for the 2019-2020 school year. Positions available in grades K-7 for Sunday mornings. 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 and 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.
Please submit a letter of interest and resume to Roberta Bergstein, Assistant Director of Education.
Temple Israel is looking for one-to-one aides to join our team of educators for the 2019-2020 school year. Positions available in grades K-7, for Sunday mornings (9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) and Tuesday/Thursday afternoons (4:00 – 6:00 p.m.).
Candidates should be flexible, creative, and friendly. Experience working
with children with special needs is helpful, but not required. Ideal candidates will be collaborative team players who relish the idea of working, growing, and learning alongside their colleagues.
Part time. Competitive pay based on experience.
Please submit a letter of interest and resume to Roberta Bergstein, Assistant Director of Education.