Temple Emanu-El, the premier Conservative synagogue in Providence, Rhode Island, is seeking an engaging individual to serve as a leader for our newly re-designed early childhood family service and one of our youth services for Rosh HaShannah and Yom Kippur 5779.
The Youth and Family Service Leader will be responsible for the following:
· Lead a 45 minute interactive family service geared towards children ages 3-6 and their families on both days of Rosh HaShannah and Yom Kippur
· Lead one of the following:
o Lead a 2 hour service, including activities and a snack break, for children in 3rd-5th grade on both days of Rosh HaShannah and Yom Kippur
o Lead a 2 hour service, including activities and snack, for children in 6th-8th grade on the first day of Rosh HaShannah and Yom Kippur (with the possible addition of leading a one-hour discussion for middle and high school students on the second day of Rosh HaShannah)
· Lead an hour long Ne’ilah program for children in grades 1-5 that consists of stories and educational activities/games, and culminates with joining the congregation in the main sanctuary for Havdallah
· Possibly lead a one hour Kol Nidrei service for children in grades 1-5
· Craft the content of the above services and programs in conjunction with our second rabbi, Rachel Zerin, and our youth advisor, Shosh Jacob
All of these services will be an opportunity for the children to learn prayers and melodies, take on leadership roles (such as leading certain prayers or reading Torah) when appropriate, and encounter the themes of the holidays in an age-appropriate way. It is our intention that these services build the scaffolding for a smooth transition from youth services into “adult” services as the children grow up.
Our ideal candidate will be a dynamic leader and educator who can engage children and adults, who has a good knowledge of Hebrew and High Holy Day nusach, and who will plan and lead services (details below) in a way that encourages participation and infuses the service with educational moments for people of all ages. Candidate should also be comfortable in an observant Conservative setting.
Temple Emanu-El is a Conservative Synagogue serving a vibrant, diverse, close-knit community of approximately 780 member households. Our youth come from a variety of backgrounds. Some attend the local community day school, which serves kids in Pre-K through 5th grade; others attend public school and may or may not attend our religious school. On the High Holy Days, we also often have many children from out-of-town, often because their grandparents or other family members are members of the Temple Emanu-El community. They are a really interested, interesting, and enthusiastic group of children and parents, who are so excited to have an enthusiastic, dynamic leader lead them for High Holy Day services!
Email a cover letter, resume (pdf preferred), a short sample recording of a prayer from the High Holy Day services, and a sample lesson plan or description of an educational activity linked to a High Holy Day theme or prayer to the Temple’s Executive Director, Paul Stouber, firstname.lastname@example.org
About Temple Emanu-El
Temple Emanu-El is a Conservative Synagogue serving a vibrant, diverse, close-knit community of approximately 780 families.