Who We Are
Kehilla Synagogue is a dynamic Jewish Renewal congregation rooted in deep Jewish spirituality and audacious social justice organizing. Founded 35 years ago by progressive Jews seeking a Jewish spiritual home, Kehilla has blossomed into a 550 household congregation that is a leading progressive voice in the Jewish community and a passionate Jewish voice in the progressive world. We are a participatory, musical, celebratory congregation of all ages, identities and family constellations that organizes for peace and racial, economic, and climate justice. Kehilla is affiliated with Jewish Renewal/Aleph.
Kehilla School cultivates community through tikkun hanefesh (spiritual development), chesed (lovingkindness) and tikkun olam (mending our world). Through Jewish education, Kehilla School nurtures our students’ spirits, hearts, minds, and bodies in a joyful and compassionate community.
Job Title: School Assistant
Reports to: Kehilla School Director
Type: Part-Time (.5)
The Kehilla School Assistant provides assistance and support for Kehilla School’s Director, and for Kehilla School operations. The School Assistant works closely with, and reports to the Kehilla School Director, who is responsible for educational and spiritual content and community building. The School Assistant also works closely with our teachers, students and families.
The Kehilla School Assistant provides key support for Kehilla’s after school supplemental religious school program providing lively Jewish education to students from K through 6th grade. This program serves approximately 100 students, and meets on Thursday afternoons for grades 1-6 and Sundays twice a month for Kindergarteners and their grown ups, during the school year, approximately September through May. The School Assistant is required to be present during Kehilla School on Thursday afternoons, and may occasionally be asked to help with Joyfully Jewish, our Sunday Kindergarten program. This is a year-round position.
Duties and Essential Job Functions
1. Administration of School Program with JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Lens
- Supports hiring of all teaching and support staff, in collaboration with Kehilla School Director, with a deep commitment to seek out teachers who are people of color
- Supports Kehilla School Director with registration and enrollment
- Maintains emergency binders, rosters, snack and attendance
- Implements classroom set up in coordination with building staff
- Runs the kitchen including supervising parent volunteers, and is present when school is in session
- Responsible for maintaining and ordering school supplies
- Holds primary responsibility for supervising and communicating with Kehilla’s teenage teaching assistants
- Supports the organization and operation of annual 6th Grade retreat with Kehilla School Director
- Represents Kehilla School in Kehilla community events and committees, in collaboration with Kehilla School Director
- Engages in regular supervisory meetings with Kehilla School Director
- Attends staff meetings
2. Community Engagement
- Builds strong relationships with parents and students
- Supports School Director in organizing school special programs, such as the Welcome Back Picnic, Hanukkah celebration, Purim Carnival, School Graduation, playdates, parent coffees, etc.
- Serves on synagogue committees as needed, possibly including Emergency/Community Safety, Belonging & Allyship, and others as discussed with Kehilla School Director, Senior Clergy and Executive Director
- Excellent administrative, organizational, planning, project management, supervisory, collaboration and communication skills
- Strong commitment to and skills for building anti-racist spaces and community, including ability to effectively recruit and support BIPOC staff
- Experience in administration of programs
- Ability to communicate well with warmth, care, respect and clarity with people of all ages, and especially with children
- Strong relational skills, including staff collaboration, parent and student relationships and teacher relationships.
- Fluency with social media.
- Alignment with Kehilla’s communal values and activist orientation (please spend some time on our website, and especially check out our work on Israel/Palestine, immigration and economic justice.)
- Alignment with Kehilla’s commitment to healthy and respectful communal conversations and process, and to engaging difficult issues with compassionate listening and other community-building tools.
- Experience with and/or interest in education, Judaism, and dynamic leadership of groups of young people are a plus (though not a requirement).
Salary: $23-$25/hour depending on experience.
Benefits include health and dental insurance, vacation, holidays and retirement/403(b), prorated to 50%.
Hiring Non-Discrimination Policy
Kehilla Community Synagogue does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, ability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status. People of Color and Trans/Gender Non-Conforming people and queer people are encouraged to apply.
Please use the subject line “Kehilla School Assistant” and send a PDF version of a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are accepting applications now and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.