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Teaching, Kadima and other positions at Congregation Kol Emeth, Palo Alto!

Posted by challahbackgirl on September 6, 2010

Congregation Kol Emeth has some open positions for the new school year. Contact rabbimatzkin[at]kolemeth[dot]org if you’re interested in any of the positions descried below or for more information.

From Religious School classes, to teen programs, to administrative assistance, Congregation Kol Emeth, the premier Conservative synagogue in Palo Alto, CA has some wonderful employment opportunities for the right people! Join our caring, talented and creative staff and experience Jewish education from behind the scenes. These positions have different time requirements and salary scales. Spread the words, tell your friends, and consider joining us!

1. 5th grade educator, afternoon Religious School. Seeking an energetic, creative, kid loving Jewish educator to lead our 5th grade religious school class. We meet Tuesday/ Thursday afternoons (4-6pm) at Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto. The 5th grade class experiences Jewish history through their own lives with stories, art projects, family tree research, and a new “graphic novel” style textbook. Students in this class will uncover patterns in the Jewish Diaspora – the creative ways we have survived and thrived in different host cultures – from the Destruction of the Temple, through the Golden Age of Spain and the German Emancipation, all the way to the roots of Jewish life in America. Salary commensurate with experience; additional compensation for professional development time.

2. K-2nd grade Shabbat service leader. Seeking a friendly, enthusiastic and accessible educator with knowledge of Jewish prayer and the skills to make our 45 minute Shabbat service exciting, spiritual, and fun for Kol Emeth’s young participants and their parents. Service from 10:15-11am on Saturdays, salary commensurate with experience.

3. Jewish Youth Education Coordinator and Kadima Advisor. The JYE Coordinator will spend approximately 9 hours/ week assisting Rabbi Matzkin with Religious School related activities and 6 hours/ week advising our 4th-7th grade youth group, Kadima. Strong interpersonal and administrative skills are the backbone of this position as well as creativity in marketing, communications, and event planning. Youth Group preparations are often during business hours but events are often held Sundays.

(NOTE: Applicants for Kadima advisor may be considered separately, if not available for the admin hours.)

4. NEW High School Teen Tzedek educator. Seeking a dynamic, justice-driven teen educator to co-teach a new class with our senior rabbi. The class will focus on 3-4 issues of local and global social justice utilizing classical Jewish texts to guide us, local resources and organizations to inform us, and our own hands and minds to lead us to action. This class will be open to 9th-12th graders through Kol High, Congregation Kol Emeth’s Tuesday night teen program, with additional service learning projects planned in conjunction with the rest of the staff. Salary commensurate with experience.

5. NEW Young Family Coordinator. Seeking a friendly and organized individual to enhance programming for younger families at Kol Emeth. This is a 1-year trial position of 10-15 hours/week with the goal of growing our relationships with the “birth-2nd grade cohort.” Responsibilities will include recruitment around Making Room for Shabbat, Torah for Tots, the Family Service and the Baby Shabbat/ Baby Chavurah programs. Additional focus will include building relationships with our local preschools (Jewish and otherwise) towards the goal of growing our Religious School and other programs for the younger demographic.

Contact rabbimatzkin[at]kolemeth[dot]org


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