Join Maryland Hillel as the inaugural Peter J. Rubinstein Reform Senior Jewish Educator (SJE) to help enrich the lives of students and shape the future of Jewish life on campus. As a passionate and engaging Jewish educator, you will envision, plan, and execute Maryland Hillels Reform outreach initiative, while working collaboratively with other staff in an interdenominational space to shape the future of Jewish life on campus. You will develop relationships with students, staff, faculty and community members to ensure a vibrant Reform Jewish community on campus and inspire students to be a part of the Maryland Jewish campus community.
The Reform SJE works with the senior program team to advance Maryland Hillels educational vision and develop opportunities for learning and growth for our students. The Reform SJE will also engage directly with student leaders in several of our student groups and projects in a mentorship capacity and will work in collaboration with our staff team in multiple areas of student life to bolster opportunities for Jewish education and experience in our various communities.
What Youll Do
- Develop a program that welcomes Reform students and inspires them to be a part of the Maryland Jewish campus community.
- Identify and employ community organizing and outreach strategies that empower Reform students and encourage unaffiliated students to take a more active role in Jewish life.
- Build relationships with approximately 180 students each year from diverse backgrounds through meaningful conversations and by creating connections to opportunities to participate in Jewish life on campus. A significant portion of these students should be previously uninvolved in Jewish life.
- Develop learning opportunities for students to study Judaism from a Reform perspective, including an introductory level course that includes basic Jewish education and deep exploration of Jewish identity.
- Support our Reform students to cultivate a weekly Reform Minyan and to organize and help lead Shabbat and High Holiday services and rituals.
- Create new initiatives in partnership with students who were involved with URJ camps and NFTY in high school.
- Collaborate with other Hillel senior program staff to shape and develop the mission and educational vision of Maryland Hillel.
- Staff Birthright Israel, Alternative Break, and other immersive experience programs.
- Teach weekly Jewish Learning Fellowship classes focused towards a specific topic or group of students.
On a day to day basis you will
- Facilitate weekly workshop for Engagement Interns.
- Have coffee with unengaged Jewish students to learn what Jewish opportunities would interest them.
- Lead learning at staff retreats and meetings.
- Train student leaders interested in learning to lead Shabbat services and rituals.
- Develop orientation session for Birthright Israel and Alternative Breaks.
What Youve Accomplished
- Rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion.
- 4+ years of relevant work experience. Experience in community organizing, Hillel, youth movements, camping, or experiential Jewish education is a plus.
- Proven success in community building and outreach, and previous experience in program visioning and implementation.
- Training and experience in counseling, administration, development/fundraising is desirable.
- Commitment to a pluralistic approach to Jewish life.
- Entrepreneurial energy and passion for Judaism and Israel.
- Ability to prioritize and balance multiple projects simultaneously.
- Excitement to be a part of a large, diverse team of staff.
What Youll Bring to the Job
- A strong knowledge base of Jewish content, ranging from traditional Jewish texts to contemporary Jewish wisdom, culture and unconventional Jewish sources.
- Expertise in leading complex conversations about Judaism and Israel in a way that is approachable and meets students at various points in their personal Jewish journeys.
- A commitment to creating an inclusive, vibrant and pluralistic Jewish community.
- A strong entrepreneurial spirit. Things may not always go according to plan, but you must be willing to take risks and learn from your wins as well as your losses.
- Confidence initiating and running programs, and comfort asking questions.
- Creative problem-solving, proactive communication, and collaboration.
- Ability to collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel.
What Youll Receive
- Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace.
- A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plan,Life, AD&D and Long Term Disability (LTD) insurances, Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
- Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities.
- Travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel.
About Maryland Hillel
Maryland Hillel is a vibrant and extremely active Hillel, located just 10 miles north of Washington, D.C., on the University of Maryland campus in College Park. The growth of Maryland Hillel in recent years, along with the exciting Jewish campus community and supportive university relations, creates a wonderful work environment. With more than 6,500 Jewish undergraduate and graduate students, University of Maryland has one of the largest Jewish campus communities in the nation.
About Hillel International
In 1923, Rabbi Benjamin Frankel started Hillel with humble means, a noble mission and a breathtaking vision: to convey Jewish civilization to a new generation. Today, Hillel International continues to enrich the lives of Jewish students and is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world at more than 550 colleges and universities across North America and around the world. As Hillel evolves as an organization, the mission remains steadfast: to create lasting connections with every Jewish student that foster an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel and train them to become the next Jewish leaders.
University of Maryland Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International. Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so they may enrich the Jewish people and the world, and envisions a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.
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About University of Maryland Hillel
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In 1923, Rabbi Benjamin Frankel started Hillel with humble means, a noble mission and a breathtaking vision: to convey Jewish civilization to a new generation. Today, Hillel International continues to enrich the lives of Jewish students and is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world at more than 550 colleges and universities across North America and around the world. As Hillel evolves as an organization, the mission remains steadfast: to create lasting connections with students that foster an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel and train them to become the next Jewish leaders.
Hillels of Georgia is affiliated with Hillel International. Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so they may enrich the Jewish people and the world, and envisions a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.