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CLASP Fellowship- Westchester Reform Temple ​& URJ Northeast Camps (Educator)

CLASP (Camp Leader and Synagogue Professional) Fellow

Westchester Reform Temple & URJ Northeast Camps (Eisner, Crane Lake & Sci Tech)

To learn more about the general CLASP structure, professional development, and support, please visit the URJ CLASP Website at https://urjyouth.org/clasp/ 

 

About Westchester Reform Temple of Scarsdale, NY 

Among the 1,100 WRT member households, you will find the embodiment of Reform Jewish diversity in America today. Within our ever-evolving Reform tradition that seeks to find in ancient traditions meaningful expressions of prayer, song, ritual, study and community involvement, we try to satisfy all appetites for Jewish soul-food, spiritual and physical. We strive to realize this through our five pillars of Avodah (Spirituality), Chavurah (Community), Talmud Torah (Learning), Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World), and Clal Yisrael (The Jewish People). 

The Mission statement of the Jewish Learning Lab is to kindle a lifelong love of Jewish learning and living in children and youth in the WRT community. In achieving this mission, the JLL aspires to:

  • Support the development of a strong Jewish identity, strengthened with the Hebrew language, rooted in Jewish tradition, nurtured by the study of Judaism, and guided by Jewish values.

  • Create enduring and joyful Jewish memories, bringing Torah to life and inspiring Jewish dreams.

  • Celebrate both the richness of our traditions and the limitless possibilities of innovation, preparing us to engage with the unique blessings and challenges of being Jewish in the 21st century.

Foster the development of an inclusive and caring community, one that reflects the diversity of Jewish life today and is empowered to serve those in need.
 

About URJ Northeast Camps

The Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Eisner, Crane Lake, Six Points Sci-Tech East and the Northeast Teen Collective all make up the URJ’s Northeast Camps. The Northeast camps offer fun, immersive Jewish experiences that empower children, teens and adults to better themselves, their communities and the world. Learn more about our camps at http://URJNortheastcamps.org

Job Summary: 

The Synagogue will employ you as a full-time Educator and your portfolio will include a specialty area to be determined based on skills and interest.  Your responsibilities will also include but are not limited to, classroom teaching, family and parent education, social justice programming, field trips and other off-site programs, communications, and writing articles for Synagogue publications. They will also serve as the primary camp contact, integrating camp approaches into their programming and bringing the children of the congregation to camp with them each summer.   

 

During the summer our CLASP Fellow will be an on-site summer staff member at a URJ Camp and will help support both the larger program and our students who attend camp.   The summer position will be assigned by the Camp Director in early Spring based on the skills and knowledge of the Fellow.    

This position is perfect for an early career/recent college graduate who is passionate about camp and Jewish learning.   The ideal candidate is a self-starter with leadership experience at camp, synagogue youth programs and/or Hillel who can confidently partner with teens and adults to create dynamic and meaningful experiences in Jewish life.   

 

General responsibilities include:

  • Involvement in broader programming including, but not limited to, one High Holy Day, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, 5th&6th Grade, Sharing Shabbat, Junior Congregation, Family Engagement programs, teen programs and more to be incubated

  • Team-driven planning, implementation, and assessment of experiential and/or project-based learning programs for students in grades K-9

  1. Teaching and engaging students in grades K-9 each day

  2. Ongoing evaluation of student achievement

  3. Regular communication with parents

  4. Family programming and parent education

  5. Home and internet-based learning initiatives

  6. Ongoing engagement with staff and congregants to foster a greater sense of Jewish community

  7. Lead programmatic initiatives in a variety of content areas

  8. Help teachers collaborate to create the best learning environment possible

  9. Support outside the classroom activities including but not limited to:

    • 5-7 grade “J-Lectives” that happen throughout the year

    • Special programs for our 8-12 grade team

    • Special programs in our lower school throughout the year

  10. Offer administrative and curricular support to one of our key subject areas ranging from:

    • Israel

    • Art

    • Music

    • Technology

    • Hebrew/Prayer

  11. Camper Recruitment & Retention: Bring camp to the congregation through:

    • Being the camp voice in the congregation and serving as Jewish camp “concierge”, connecting families to the summer camp program that best fits their need 

    • Tracking and following up with families interested in attending camp 

    • Bringing a level of enthusiasm for URJ camps to the congregation by planning and running camp-themed experiences and recruitment initiatives.  

    • Staffing camp’s “Taste of Camp” weekend and “Family Camp”

  12. Summer responsibilities

    • Serving as a member of a URJ Camp staff (onsite at camp) during the summer.  Specific responsibilities will be assigned by the Camp Director. 

 

Qualifications:

  • Both a self-starter and able to work as part of a larger unit.

  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Possess the ability to build and maintain appropriate relationships with teenagers and children.

  • Possess the ability to remain calm and make swift decisions in emergencies.

  • BA degree (in a related field preferred)

  • Comfort with Hebrew, spoken preferred. 

  • Experience in a camp or synagogue setting preferred, but not required

  • Knowledge of and commitment to the Reform Jewish movement and institutions, preferred but not required

Position start date: August 24, 2020 (at Westchester Reform Temple)  

Candidates are invited to work at camp from June 8-August 17, 2020.  This will be a separate contract from this CLASP Fellowship.

 
Organization: 
URJ
Locations: 
Westchester , NY
Category: 
Events & Programming
Employment Type: 
Internship
Contact: 
Close Date: 
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Organization Type: 
URJ