T’ruah is seeking to fill two positions in Israel, a rabbinic educator and a program manager, to direct T’ruah’s Year-in-Israel Program for rabbinical and cantorial students. Each of these quarter-time positions may be filled separately, or the two may be combined for a candidate who excels in both skill areas. As this is a transition year for the program, both positions will initially be filled on a one-year temporary basis, with the option to continue should both parties wish to.
About the Program
The Year-in-Israel Program is designed to give American rabbinical and cantorial students studying in Israel the opportunity to learn more about human rights issues in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. Through a series of monthly field seminars, students gain experience with the places, topics, and affected populations, and are introduced to Israeli and other local activists working to secure human rights for everybody who lives under Israeli authority. Each seminar also makes time to examine the issue through the lens of Torah study and is paired with a follow-up reflection session, where students can process what they’ve learned and think together about how they would speak about these issues in their communities. As a pluralistic program, participants also have the chance to meet colleagues from other schools.
In addition to the public program, T’ruah runs a parallel Israel Fellowship. This group of 4-6 students, selected through an application process, helps with planning, recruitment, and implementation of the field seminars and processing sessions. In addition, they participate in one program just for them each month. These fellows’ sessions deepen their exposure to issues in Israel, pilot opportunities that are not yet ripe for the larger group, and expand their leadership skills.
Rabbinic Educator in Israel
The rabbinic educator’s main focus is on facilitating rabbinic formation in the context of Israeli human rights struggles. Responsibilities include:
- Build relationships with students with an eye towards helping them become rabbis who can tackle controversial issues in Israel with sophistication and confidence.
- Collaborate with the Director of Education (based in New York City) to plan the calendar of events for the year.
- Contribute to the development of each seminar’s itinerary, with an eye towards T’ruah’s educational goals.
- Teach the text study segment of each field seminar.
- Plan and facilitate the reflection session following each field seminar.
- Lead the Israel Fellowship, including helping the fellows develop group cohesion, supervising and supporting their work, and teaching/participating in the fellows-only sessions.
- Assist T’ruah in evaluating the program and reshaping it to better meet its goals.
- Rabbinic ordination, preferably from an American school
- Experience as an educator in Jewish settings
- Familiarity with American Jewish conversations about Israel
- Comfort publicly representing T’ruah’s values, campaigns, and political positions
- Strong Hebrew language skills
- Strong Arabic language skills
- Comfortable using technology, including social media
The rabbinic educator reports to the Director of Education and will participate in regular supervision meetings via phone or Skype. The rabbinic educator will also regularly teleconference into biweekly T’ruah staff meetings.