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

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 camp at:              http://URJNortheastcamps.org

Job Summary: 

The Synagogue will employ you as a full-time Songleader.  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 ​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.  

Essential Functions:

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

Jewish Learning Lab (K-12)

● Together with Senior or Assistant Cantor, develop the comprehensive K-4 music curriculum

● Brainstorm ways to incorporate music into 5-6 grade curriculum

● Help cultivate a teen song leading culture (through Mercaz elective, partnership with BBYO chapter, or other opportunities).  Encourage teen musical participation at JLL and other youth and family events at WRT, and collaborate with cantors to encourage gifted teens to participate in Friday night worship at WRT.

● Depending on interest/skillset, lead or conduct one of our youth choirs (K-2, 3-6, or teen)

● Join in the musical leadership of JLL T’filah

● Lead music/Havdalah at JLL special events as requested 

Worship

● As determined, join in the leadership of some worship services, particularly those geared toward children and families  
 
Early Childhood Center (Birth-4 year olds)

● Together with cantors and Early Childhood Center Director, develop music curriculum and goals for preschool

● Serve as a regular musical presence in ECC classrooms. 

● Help children grow familiar with and grow to love Jewish music 
 
 
1) Camper Recruitment & Retention: Bring camp to the congregation through:

● BeingthecampvoiceinthecongregationandservingasJewishcamp“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” 
 
2) 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 6-August 16, 2020. This will be a                separate contract from this CLASP Fellowship. 
 
 

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