Senior Jewish Educator

Location: U.C. Berkeley Hillel
City: Berkeley
State/Territory: California
Job Type: Jewish Educator
Last updated: 4/25/19 6:30 AM



At Berkeley Hillel, we’re looking for an innovative, creative, dynamic team player who thrives in informal educational environments, and who has deep rootedness in Jewish tradition while at the same time is creative in offering compelling and creative ways for Jewish students to engage in tradition.  The Senior Jewish Educator at Berkeley Hillel will need to work within a pluralistic framework that supports traditional and innovative practices of Judaism.  They will provide a nurturing environment for students to grow religiously, socially and ethically, in community with other Jews, with respect for other faiths and a broad understanding of what it means to be Jewish.


You’re great at:

  • Sharing your deep well of Jewish knowledge in relevant and meaningful ways with many different types of students.
  • Finding ways to connect with anyone, anytime, anywhere.  That may include people very different than you, and could be at the checkout, in spin class, or at an event where you know no one.
  • Community organizing to create a variety of different ways for students to gather and engage with Jewish tradition.
  • Inspiring college students to engage and learn deeply and help create opportunities to express their Jewish identity.
  • Working with students to find ways to celebrate Shabbat and the totality of the Jewish calendar.
  • Figuring out what makes people tick, and then helping them to connect with what they’re passionate about.
  • Listening to what people are saying, and understanding what they’re not saying is important, too.


The right Senior Jewish Educator will possess the following key attributes:

  • Knowledgeable – The Senior Jewish Educator will be highly educated in areas of Jewish content. These could range from traditional Jewish texts and tradition to Zionism, contemporary Jewish culture and Jewish social and political activism, thus providing the educator with a reservoir of knowledge to share with students. Ordination is a requirement for the position.
  • A Strategic Community Organizer – The Senior Jewish Educator will think strategically about how to reach and impact students not involved in the traditional networks, and will utilize methodologies of community organizing in order to manage and strategize for success.
  • An Informal Educator – The Senior Jewish Educator will be experienced with the theory and practice of informal education and will use that knowledge to model and teach others, particularly the Hillel professionals on our campus, how to create the most effective opportunities for meaningful Jewish experiences.
  • A Relationship Builder – The Senior Jewish Educator will be capable of building rapport and developing meaningful relationships with a wide variety of students.
  • A Pastoral Counselor – Talking one on one with students about the challenges in their lives, and giving them ways to understand those challenges in a Jewish framework.


What you’ll bring to the job:

  • Rabbinic Ordination and a commitment to a pluralistic approach to Jewish life is required.
  • 3 - 5 years of professional work experience is expected, as is experience with young adults. 
  • Experience as a volunteer or professional in a Jewish organization is a plus, as is community organizing, informal education, camping, or other types of direct customer relations work.  
  • You’ll have a team-oriented approach to work, a strong work ethic, proven experience thinking and acting strategically to reach goals, a sense of humor, and an ability to take risks and learn from situations when things don’t turn out the way you thought they would.
  • A personal commitment to embodying Jewish tradition and modeling for students a life rooted in Jewish practice.


As the Senior Jewish Educator, a typical day may include:

  • Coffee meetings with a few students you met at opening weekend.
  • Working with a few fraternity brothers or residents in a co-op on a unique and creative approach to Shabbat to be held at their fraternity house.
  • Teaching as part of one of several educational fellowships.
  • Meeting with students to help organize a learning circle with their peers.
  • Discussing with students about an innovative celebration of an upcoming Jewish holiday.


What you’ll own and how you’ll grow:

  • Staff Education – The Senior Jewish Educator will serve as a key educational resource for Hillel leadership students and professionals on campus; helping to mentor and enrich their Jewish journeys and ability to facilitate new Jewish opportunities for students.  They will be responsible for working with Staff on their own initiatives as well as organizing weekly staff learning.
  • Jewish Holiday Celebrations – The Senior Jewish Educator will work closely with the staff, involved and unengaged students in creating and developing innovative ways to celebrate Jewish holidays throughout the calendar year. 
  • Programmatic Involvement – The Senior Jewish Educator will supervise several students as well as work to add Jewish depth and content to already existing networks and groups in the Jewish community. 
  • Individual student connections - The Senior Jewish Educator will be responsible for building relationships with 20-40 Jewish students who are uninvolved in Jewish life on campus.  This will include meeting students one-on-one, teaching in small groups and staffing immersion experiences and developing new and creative Jewish initiatives.
  • Student Interns - The Senior Jewish Educator will work along other staff members in teaching and managing different student fellowships of students with diverse backgrounds who utilize their own social networks to build relationships with their peers and connect them to Jewish life.  Together, these fellowships have the potential of engaging hundreds of Jewish students each year and over time. 
  • Jewish Content - The Senior Jewish Educator is encouraged to bring their whole self and unique set of skills to enhance key areas of the Jewish community at Cal and at Berkeley Hillel.  Some of these may include a unique and creative approach to High Holidays or Shabbat or mentoring students to understand and learn about traditional prayer experiences.  They will be dedicated to meeting students, staffing immersion experiences, and facilitating and teaching learning opportunities. In order to build on these experiences, they will work as an integral part of the Berkeley Hillel staff. 


What you’ll get out of it:

  • Hillel offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA), pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave 
  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace commensurate to experience
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities
  • Unlimited paid coffee dates with students
  • Flexible work hours
  • Practically unlimited t-shirts, water bottles and university swag


About Berkeley Hillel:


Envision a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life and learning.



Enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world through:

  • Welcoming students into a pluralistic community in an inclusive and respectful way.
  • Fostering the growth of students' Jewish identity.
  • Developing students' sense of social justice, civic responsibility, and service to local, national and larger communities.
  • Providing opportunities for students to examine their Judaism and spirituality.
  • Serving as an integral and indispensable partner to the University community.
  • Supporting Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.

Berkeley Hillel will advocate for its mission to the greater campus community and will model in its actions: excellence, innovation, accountability and fun.


4 Strategies for achieving our Vision and Mission and Delivering the Jewish Future

Hillel activates four strategies to fulfill our mission: Belonging, Growing, Creating, and Committing

  • Belonging -We strive to create a community where students belong
  • Growing -We nurture the growth of the students’ Jewish self confidence
  • Creating -We encourage students to take ownership of their Jewish identities, pushing them to create authentic expressions of their Jewish selves
  • Committing -We give Jewish students compelling reasons to commit to Jewish Life


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.

Berkeley 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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