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B’nai Mitzvah Tutors (part-time)

Since its founding in 1825, B’nai Jeshurun (BJ) has been at the forefront of the American Jewish experience. As it approaches its third century, its vision remains focused on the spiritual work of transformation and on the creation of a Jewish path that is authentic, profound, and helps all members of the community seek and live their purpose to the fullest.

BJ’s spiritual leaders and its nearly 1,900 member families and 60+ staff share a vision of a diverse, dynamic, and inclusive community that offers many paths to Jewish religious life, while supporting one another in their spiritual quests. BJ is committed to honoring tradition while re-imagining and innovating its practices and programs to create a vibrant, contemporary, and relevant Jewish life for all who are seeking it.

Rabbis Rolando Matalon and Felicia Sol, both of whom have artfully led BJ for three and two decades respectively, continue to evolve along with the community they serve; including COVID-19 and the need for virtual access that resulted in an expansion of our reach. 

Looking forward, our post-pandemic vision of BJ includes a dynamic hybrid operation where most of our offerings are available in-person in our historic Upper West Side campus, as well as through various online platforms. We also envision a workforce that helps fulfill BJ’s mission in a primarily hybrid work environment.

Job Overview

B’nai Jeshurun is seeking part-time creative, dedicated, and tech-competent B’nai Mitzvah (B-Mitzvah) tutors to meet on a weekly basis with b’nai mitzvah students. Our tutors work with students on trope, as well as assisting them with the d’var Torah they will deliver to the community. We are searching for enthusiastic and knowledgeable individuals who will partner with us in keeping Judaism relevant and exciting for our students and their families.

Responsibilities

  • Conducting approximately 24 hour-long sessions to mentor and instruct students in preparation for their B-Mitzvah ceremonies.
  • Facilitating clear and effective communication with parents and staff members to keep them abreast of each student’s progress.
  • Maintaining accurate records of student performance and/or obstacles encountered during the learning process.
  • Serving as a positive Jewish role model for our students, fostering an environment of cultural appreciation and personal growth.

Key Requirements

  • Strong, confident Hebrew reading, and knowledge of Torah and Haftarah trope
  • Previous B’nai Mitzvah tutoring experience
  • Knowledge of Hebrew prayers and nusah 
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Flexibility to meet with students on evenings or Sundays preferred

Compensation and Benefits

This is a part time position with an hourly rate of $85-$90 per hour, based on experience level. 

Working Conditions/Physical Demands

Teachers must be able to travel to students’ homes depending on where they live in the city. Some families will engage in a hybrid learning schedule and tutors must be readily available for in-person sessions as required.

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to Miriam Kersey at mkersey@bj.org with the subject line, “B’nai Mitzvah Tutors”.

 

B’nai Jeshurun is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in recognition of our values, commitment to social justice, and responsibility to our spiritual leaders and staff, congregants, and the communities within which we live and work. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, veterans, immigrants, and LGBTQ+ applicants.