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 seeking a 20 hour/week Program Coordinator to meaningfully engage families with young children in Jewish life. This 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.
- Building 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, appropriate programs, and holiday celebrations through bridge-building with staff and lay leaders
- 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
- Serving as a part of the Education Team at Temple Israel, alongside a enthusiastic group of educators
- Organizing programs that make Judaism accessible, relevant, and “real,” for families. These programs will be:
- Low cost and non-membership
- Varied and include, but are not limited to play groups, parenting programs, holiday and ritual programs, and more
- Offered in a variety of venues including the synagogue, “hotspots” in the greater Boston area including JP, Brookline, Cambridge/Somerville, 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, LGBTQ, and multiracial families
- Evaluating the success of our engagement strategies and programs
- Working as the Temple Israel liaison to CJP’s Welcome Baby! program, including visitor training, community of practice meetings, conducting Welcome Baby! visits, planning meet-ups, and the annual New Parent Brunch
This position will work with and be supervised by the Rabbi who leads young families’ engagement. The Program Coordinator will work with The Village Leadership Team, as well as the Temple Israel clergy, staff, and 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:
- 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
- Bachelor’s degree required
- 2-5 years of experience in related field
Hours are oriented around the program schedule, planning 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