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Temple Israel of Boston 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. At Temple Israel, our mission of “Living Judaism Together” means that we acknowledge, welcome, and honor each individual in our community for who they are. Temple Israel is known for offering an array of Jewish experiences and cultural and social programming, including interfaith inclusion and social justice activism. For decades, Temple Israel of Boston has been on the leading edge of Reform Judaism.

Staff Testimonials

Current TI Employee

“The pace at TI is fast and the expectations are high. But the rewards are great. The staff are engaged and supportive. The work is varied and interesting. And, most importantly, the things we do regularly make a positive impact on our congregants’ lives.”

Current TI Employee

“On nights when our building is overflowing with interfaith community, the importance and meaning of our work is obvious: we live in challenging times and working at an organization like Temple Israel makes me feel both professionally uplifted and on a personal level extremely fulfilled. I have worked for the organization since 2014 and have held four different positions over the years. I have grown a tremendous amount while working with the organization and that is in a large part due to the support of the clergy. Since starting here, I was encouraged to apply to and then attend grad school and I have since graduated with my master’s degree. This organization has shaped my professional career and I am thankful to enjoy going to work each day!”

Available Positions

Facilities Manager

The Position:

Our facilities manager plays a pivotal role throughout the organization, maintaining our facility, managing
continuous improvements, and ensuring that our facility allows us to carry out our mission. This person
will collaborate across departments to best support our everyday programming and events, as well as
larger community-wide opportunities. The facilities manager will fully oversee our 110,000 square foot
facility, and through vendor and budget management will make sure that our operations run smoothly
and that our capital investments align with our goals. This position reports to the Executive Director, will
oversee the facilities staff including reception and events coordination, and will work closely with the
lay-led Building and Grounds Committee; as well as interact regularly with all building staff and clergy in
use and care of the building.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Operational Oversight
    • Ensure that hospitality goals are met for all onsite visitors by creating a warm and welcoming environment throughout the facility
    • Set and implement goals for building cleanliness, safety, security and operational flow
    • Day to day management of custodial staff, external vendors, and contracted contractors and similar services
    • Oversee core building systems (Including HVAC, alarm, fire protection, garbage, recycling, composting, electrical, landscaping, snow removal)
    • Manage safety and emergency response
    • Manage facilities and capital budgets
    • Oversee the use of space for the building including our systems for room setups (5,000 setups a year)
    • Ensure that the staffing plan for facilities and reception meets the organizational needs
    • Interface with technological improvements where they intersect with fixed building elements
  • Mechanical Systems and Capital Improvements
    • Develop and implement plans for capital improvements and repairs for the building envelope
    • Oversee all facilities related projects
    • Ensure that core systems are functional, maintained and managed (HVAC, Electrical, Gas, Sprinkler Systems, CCTV, Elevators, Gas)
    • Assist in conceptualizing and supporting planned and future capital projects that may
      develop

Education, Skills, and Experience Required

  • 5+ years of experience in related field of facilities management
  • Ability to interact with confidentiality, integrity, and tact when working within the diverse community
  • Management/supervision experience
  • Budget management
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher
  • Highly collaborative in nature with both coworkers and volunteers
  • Experience with security and emergency planning

Hours

This position works fully onsite.

Hours are generally 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday, with occasional evening and weekend hours, including major Jewish holidays and some weekend events.

This position requires being on call for emergencies.

Salary

Base salary will be starting at $90,000+

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to Dan Deutsch at ddeutsch@tisrael.org.

Summer Camp Counselors 18+

Duration: Summer 2024 (June 17-August 23). Please see camp website for specific sessions

Working Hours: Flexible, Full Time (9-5) or (830-430)

Compensation: $15-25/hour depending on experience

Location: Temple Israel of Boston, 477 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA

Overview:

Temple Israel of Boston is seeking enthusiastic and dedicated educators to join our team for the summer of 2024. The summer camp counselors and junior counselors will play a vital role in facilitating summer programs, engaging with campers, and fostering a supportive and inclusive learning environment within our community.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Deliver engaging and interactive camp activities and programs for preschool campers of various ages (2.5-6) within the framework of Jewish education.
  • Create age-appropriate curriculum materials, lesson plans, and resources that align with the educational goals and values of Temple Israel of Boston.
  • Foster a positive and inclusive learning environment that promotes intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and personal growth among students.
  • Establish strong relationships with students, families, and fellow educators through effective communication, collaboration, and support.
  • Provide guidance, mentorship, and support to students as they explore and deepen their understanding of Jewish traditions, values, and identity.
  • Participate in staff meetings, training sessions to enhance teaching skills and understanding
  • Collaborate with other educators, clergy members, and staff to coordinate and integrate educational activities, and events within the broader community.
  • Maintain accurate records of student attendance and allergies within classroom and communicate regularly with co-directors/parents/guardians regarding students
  • Adhere to Temple Israel’s policies, procedures, and safety guidelines to ensure the well-being and security of all students and staff members.

Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in teaching, education, or youth programming
  • Love of being around young children and excitement in facilitating groups of joyful kids
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment
  • Flexibility, creativity, and adaptability in designing and implementing educational programs.
  • Commitment to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for students from diverse backgrounds and abilities

Expectations:

  • Commitment to working full time or part-time 
  • Dedication to upholding the mission, values, and ethos of Temple Israel of Boston
  • Willingness to undergo background checks and comply with all safety and security protocols.
  • Passion for education, youth development, and fostering a vibrant Jewish community

Temple Israel of Boston is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.

How To Apply:

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for two professional references to camp@tisrael.org by June 1, 2024. 

Religious School Teacher

Who are we?

Temple Israel is looking for enthusiastic, imaginative, and skillful teachers to join our team of educators for the 2023-2024 school year. There are positions available in grades preschool – 7th grade for Sunday mornings, with potential to teach in our grades 8-12, pluralistic teen program too.

In our religious school, kids 3 years old through 7th grade can learn, grow, and find their own meaningful Jewish communities. We strive to build a community where everyone — kids, families, and our educators — can find their places in our ancient and ever evolving tradition. Our school is joyful, kid-centered, and flexible. Read more about us and our values.

Following our broader community’s commitment to Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI), our religious school is engaged in a culture-shift of our own. We are working towards a community where everyone can experience a sense of belonging. We are committed to building a faculty where the diversity of the Jewish community is well represented. Candidates of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply as we hope to build a teaching team that is reflective of the diversity in our community. We strive to be an inclusive learning community where diversity is welcomed and differences are embraced.

Following our broader community’s commitment to Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI), our religious school is engaged in a culture-shift of our own. We are working towards a community where everyone can experience a sense of belonging. We are committed to building a faculty where the diversity of the Jewish community is well represented. Candidates of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply as we hope to build a teaching team that is reflective of the diversity in our community. We strive to be an inclusive learning community where diversity is welcomed and differences are embraced.

Our REDI work is a communal commitment that includes mechanisms for feedback, accountability, and processes for teshuvah (restorative justice). When something comes up, we would like to know about it. Folks looking to provide feedback should contact Roberta Axeloons or Rabbi Suzie Jacobson, or another member of the TI clergy team, or Executive Director Dan Deutsch.

Qualifications of Interested Candidates

  • Candidates to teach in our school should enjoy working with children and have prior successful experiences with kids. Formal teaching experience is not a requirement; folks interested in learning how to teach who are seeking training as new teachers are encouraged to apply.
  • Familiarity with second language pedagogy, technology applications, curriculum development, and student assessment is desirable, but not required. 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 or relevant experience required.

We know that not all applicants will have all of the same experience or desired qualifications, and systemic inequities often discourage folks from marginalized identities from applying. If you are passionate about our mission and believe you have applicable and transferable skills from other industries, we encourage you to apply for this job. We’d love to hear from you. In your application, be sure to explicitly highlight how your experience, skills, and personal qualities have set you up to succeed in this role.

This position is part time. We offer competitive pay with teaching rates ranging from $55-85/per hour. Rates vary depending on experience and longevity at Temple Israel.

Schedule

Sundays 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. are the general Sunday hours, though individual schedules may vary based on assigned classes. Our teen program meets on Monday nights 5:45 – 8:30 p.m., and our religious school meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

How to Apply

Please submit a letter of interest and resume to Roberta Axeloons, Director of Elementary Education, at raxeloons@tisrael.org.

About Temple Israel

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. With over 1,400 member families, our impact within the Boston Jewish Community runs deep. 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 and Teen Program, and a well-renowned preschool.

For more information on current opportunities,

please reach out to
info@tisrael.org.