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Mishkan Chicago seeks diversity in its staff and educators. That means we invite applications from different denominations, religious and cultural backgrounds. We are searching for candidates of color, candidates who are Jews by choice, candidates in the LGBTQ community, and candidates who identify personally at any part of the incredibly rich gender spectrum. Systemic inequities in hiring have caused women, people of color, LBTQIA+ folks, and others to apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. Mishkan encourages you to break that statistic and apply, as no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. We look forward to your application.

Mishkan is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against qualified applicants or employees with respect to any terms or conditions of employment on account of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related condition, citizenship, military service status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance. When necessary, Mishkan will reasonably accommodate employees and applicants with known physical or mental disabilities or medical conditions if the person is otherwise qualified to safely perform all of the essential functions of the position.

Rabbinic Assistant

At Mishkan, we reinvent and breathe new life into Judaism. We create radically inclusive spaces for Jewish spiritual practice and community, engaging, educating, and empowering people across the spectrum of identity, background, age, and belief. Our aim is to lead people in Chicago and beyond toward more purposeful, more connected, and more inspired lives. Serving over 4,000 unique people in Chicago, Mishkan has a full-time staff of 12.

The Rabbinic Assistant provides key administrative support to Mishkan’s clergy team, allowing our three Rabbis to maximize their time in their pastoral, ritual and leadership responsibilities. This role holds calendaring responsibilities for all three Rabbis, involves anticipating issues in scheduling that may arise, communicates proactively with the Rabbis about important emails, phone calls, events, and holds sensitive information about community members with great discretion. This role provides email inbox support to Mishkan’s Founder/senior rabbi, helping her manage a large volume of email from community members and strategic partners, reading, flagging and occasionally responding to emails in the Founder/senior Rabbi’s inbox on her behalf. 

This role helps to organize materials for Rabbis classes, small group gatherings and in-home Shabbats, and lifecycle materials (including prayer slides, siddurim, and Ketubot). This role also helps to organize materials and scheduling for the Davening Team at Shabbat, holidays and rehearsals. Lastly, this role interacts directly with a number of important stakeholders in the community and interfaces regularly with every other member of the staff, acting as the Rabbis’ surrogate when appropriate, communicating information about their availability and needs. 

What You’ll Do:

  • Assists all Rabbis with calendaring, scheduling, administrative tasks, and database tasks, and lifecycle preparation
  • Assists Senior Rabbi with management of inbox, reading, flagging and occasionally responding to emails in the Founder/senior Rabbi’s inbox on her behalf. 
  • Responsible for coordinating logistics around Davening team & music for Shabbat
  • Manages invitations for Rabbis’ in-home Shabbats/Gatherings and catering/logistics; works with Small Group Point person
  • Interfaces with development and engagement team as well as program team to assist with Rabbis’ relationship management responsibilities and programmatic responsibilities
  • Provides phone coverage for the office throughout the day
  • Assists with preparation for classes and programs taught by rabbis; prints and assembles materials, answers participant questions about logistics, prints sign-in sheet, greets and welcomes at the beginning of class, assists with set-up of classroom
  • Assists Senior Rabbi with preparation for weddings and other lifecycle events
  • Drafts materials in Hebrew created by the Rabbis which include but are not limited to:
    • Study sheets and slides for Shabbat services 
    • Ketubot/ritual wedding contracts
    • Materials for lifecycle events

Who We’re Looking For:

  • Friendly, responsive and discerning manner in answering emails and phone calls
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail
  • Familiarity with data management systems/databases preferred
  • Basic Jewish literacy and familiarity with Jewish traditions (strong familiarity with the contours of Jewish prayer services not required but is a big plus)
  • Ability to read/decipher common ritual words in Hebrew (full reading fluency not required, but is a big plus)

Salary, benefits and why it’s great to work here:

  • Salary range for this position is $40,000-50,000, depending on experience.
  • Generous benefits package including medical, dental and vision, plus access to participate in flexible spending accounts and a 401k retirement plan
  • Generous professional development funds for full time employees
  • Collegial, collaborative and fun work environment

To Apply
Please send resume and cover letter with the subject line “Rabbinic Assistant” to [email protected] by July 10, 2021. 

Mishkan Chicago seeks diversity in its staff and educators. That means we invite applications from different denominations, religious and cultural backgrounds. We are searching for candidates of color, candidates who are Jews by choice, candidates in the LGBTQ community, and candidates who identify personally at any part of the incredibly rich gender spectrum. Systemic inequities in hiring have caused women, people of color, LBTQIA+ folks, and others to apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. Mishkan encourages you to break that statistic and apply, as no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. We look forward to your application.

Mishkan is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against qualified applicants or employees with respect to any terms or conditions of employment on account of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related condition, citizenship, military service status, or any other characteristic protected by state or

Mishkan Family Educator (Mensch Teacher/BMitzvah and Community Programs Coordinator)

The Family Educator at Mishkan plays a critical role in providing high quality educational experiences for families and children at Mishkan dividing their time between teaching at Mensch Academy, coordinating Bmitzvahs, and coordinating community building programs that occur outside of Shabbat and Holidays. This job is a full time, salaried position in our Chicago office, reporting to the Associate Rabbi and working closely with and receiving regular feedback and guidance from the Director of Mensch Academy. The Family Educator is instrumental in creating Mishkan as a truly intergenerational community and delivering a sense of purpose, inspiration, and connection to kids and families. 

As Family Educator, this role involves coordinating youth and family community building programs with close collaboration and oversight from the Associate Rabbi. The Family Educator will also serve as BMitzvah Coordinator, overseeing the tasks and timelines involved in all aspects of each BMitzvah, weaving across all departments at Mishkan and directly working with Rabbis and the Rabbinic Assistant, and the Director of Programs. The Family Educator should expect to work 1-2 Shabbat mornings a month when BMitzvahs occur and occasional weekend days and nights for community building programs. 

As a lead Educator at Mensch, the Family Educator will plan, implement, lead, and document Mensch Academy sessions for children.  Mensch Academy is Mishkan Chicago’s supplementary Jewish educational program.  Respecting each person’s mind and spirit, Mensch Academy is a space where kids feel loved enough and safe enough to take risks and experiment with Jewish tradition, making it their own and becoming the best versions of themselves. Grounded in progressive education pedagogy, Mensch Academy places focus not only on teaching kids, but on growing and developing thoughtful, reflective educators While six hours a week are spent in the classroom with students, even more time is spent outside the classroom reflecting on lessons, gathering notes from student work, debriefing, brainstorming, and growing your teaching craft. 

Mishkan Chicago/Mensch Academy seeks diversity in its staff and educators. That means we invite applications from different denominations, religious and cultural backgrounds. We are searching for candidates of color, candidates who are Jews by choice, candidates in the LGBTQ community, and candidates who identify personally at any part of the incredibly rich gender spectrum.

What You’ll Do:

  • Lead Educator at Mensch (50% of Time)
    • Teaches classroom on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons (Sessions are run from 4pm-6pm, prep and clean up also happens onsite.)
    • Collaborates on lesson plans with other Family Educators and Director of Mensch Academy
    • Participates in collective prep and debrief sessions on Mon-Weds afternoons
    • Participates in regular professional development with Mensch Founder and Educational Consultant 
    • Communicates with families as needed for classes
  • BMitzvah Coordinator (30% of Time)
    • Organizing dates and tutors for BMitzvah Students beginning in fourth grade through selection
    • Assigns and communicates dates, introductory information/expectations, timeline to future bmitzvah families
    • Coordinates learning and orientation for BMitzvah cohort 
    • Designs and facilitates sessions as needed under guidance of Associate Rabbi
    • Regular correspondence with upcoming BMitzvah families 
    • Project manages workflow and calendar for each Bmitzvah in regular communication with Director of Programs
    • Executes administrative details for Bmitzvah planning process and ceremony as needed
  • Community Building Programs Lead Educator and Project Manager (20% of time)
    • Develops and implements community building programs for Mishkan families outside of Shabbat and Holidays in collaboration with Associate Rabbi
    • Serves as project manager for Community Building programs. Uses Mishkan project management tools (Asana and Slack) to track tasks, timelines and progress.

 

 Who We’re Looking For:

  • BA or equivalent
  • Background in Jewish Education including reading Hebrew
  • Experience working with children
  • Experience with organizing education projects or initiatives (e.g. school, camp, after school programs or others)
  • Open to progressive, child-centered education

 

Systemic inequities in hiring have caused women, people of color, LBTQIA+ folks, and others to apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. Mishkan encourages you to break that statistic and apply, as no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. We look forward to your application.

Mishkan is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against qualified applicants or employees with respect to any terms or conditions of employment on account of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related condition, citizenship, military service status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance. When necessary, Mishkan will reasonably accommodate employees and applicants with known physical or mental disabilities or medical conditions if the person is otherwise qualified to safely perform all of the essential functions of the position.

Salary, benefits and why it’s great to work here:

  • Salary range for this position is $40,000-$50,000 depending on experience.
  • Generous benefits package including medical, dental and vision, plus access to participate in flexible spending accounts and a 401k retirement plan
  • Generous professional development funds for full time employees
  • Collegial, collaborative and respectful work environment

To Apply
Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected] by June 15. 

Mishkan Chicago is a Jewish Spiritual Community located in Chicago, Illinois. We reinvent and breathe new life into Judaism. We create radically inclusive spaces for Jewish spiritual practice and community, engaging, educating, and empowering people across the spectrum of identity, background, age, and belief. Our aim is to lead people in Chicago and beyond toward more purposeful, more connected, and more inspired lives.

Mishkan Family Educator (Mensch Teacher/Shabbat and Holidays Coordinator)

The Family Educator at Mishkan plays a critical role in providing high quality educational experiences for families and children at Mishkan with equal focus and time spent as a teacher within the Mensch Academy and coordinating Shabbat and Holiday family programs. This job is a full time, salaried position in our Chicago office, reporting to the Associate Rabbi and working closely with and receiving regular feedback and guidance from the Director of Mensch Academy. The Family Educator is instrumental in creating Mishkan as a truly intergenerational community and delivering a sense of purpose, inspiration, and connection to kids and families. 

As Family Educator, this role involves coordinating Shabbat and Holiday programs for families with close collaboration and oversight from the Associate Rabbi. Along with building and creating ideas for educational content, the Family Educator will be the primary person responsible for the many logistical elements of these programs and will regularly interface with staff members across the organization to prepare and deliver programs. The Family Educator should expect to work regularly on Shabbat mornings and major Jewish Holidays (Passover, Purim, Hanukkah, High Holidays, and others as necessary). Mishkan strives to create a staff culture with a healthy work/life balance. The Family Educator will have flexibility in the work week to accommodate these weekend working hours.  

The Family Educator will also serve as an Educator at Mensch Academy. Mensch Academy is Mishkan Chicago’s supplementary Jewish educational program.  Respecting each person’s mind and spirit, Mensch Academy is a space where kids feel loved enough and safe enough to take risks and experiment with Jewish tradition, making it their own and becoming the best versions of themselves. Grounded in progressive education pedagogy, Mensch Academy places focus not only on teaching kids, but on growing and developing thoughtful, reflective educators. This Family Educator role will spend at least six hours a week in the classroom with students. Depending on the candidate’s experience and interest, they may spend up to 50% of their work at Mensch Academy.

Mishkan Chicago/Mensch Academy seeks diversity in its staff and educators. That means we invite applications from different denominations, religious and cultural backgrounds. We are searching for candidates of color, candidates who are Jews by choice, candidates in the LGBTQ community, and candidates who identify personally at any part of the incredibly rich gender spectrum.

What You’ll Do:

  • Family Shabbat, Holidays and High Holidays Programs Coordinator (50%-75% of time)
    • Collaborates with Associate Rabbi to create programs and content
    • Serves as project manager for Shabbat and Holiday youth and family programs. Uses Mishkan project management tools (Asana and Slack) to track tasks, timelines and progress.
    • Organize budgets, partnerships, and content in collaboration with Associate Rabbi
  • Lead Educator for Mensch Classroom (25-50% of time)
    • Teaches classroom on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons
    • Collaborates on lesson plans with other Family Educators and Director of Mensch Academy
    • Participates in collective prep and debrief sessions on Mon-Weds afternoons
    • Participates in regular professional development with Mensch Founder and Educational Consultant 
    • Communicates with families as needed for classes

 Who We’re Looking For:

  • BA or equivalent
  • Background in Jewish Education including reading Hebrew
  • Experience working with children
  • Experience with organizing education projects or initiatives (e.g. school, camp, after school programs or others)
  • Open to progressive, child-centered education

Systemic inequities in hiring have caused women, people of color, LBTQIA+ folks, and others to apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. Mishkan encourages you to break that statistic and apply, as no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. We look forward to your application.

Mishkan is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against qualified applicants or employees with respect to any terms or conditions of employment on account of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related condition, citizenship, military service status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance. When necessary, Mishkan will reasonably accommodate employees and applicants with known physical or mental disabilities or medical conditions if the person is otherwise qualified to safely perform all of the essential functions of the position.

Salary, benefits and why it’s great to work here:

  • Salary range for this position is $40,000-$50,000 depending on experience.
  • Generous benefits package including medical, dental and vision, plus access to participate in flexible spending accounts and a 401k retirement plan
  • Generous professional development funds for full time employees
  • Collegial, collaborative and respectful work environment

To Apply
Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected] by June 15. 

Mishkan Chicago is a Jewish Spiritual Community located in Chicago, Illinois. We reinvent and breathe new life into Judaism. We create radically inclusive spaces for Jewish spiritual practice and community, engaging, educating, and empowering people across the spectrum of identity, background, age, and belief. Our aim is to lead people in Chicago and beyond toward more purposeful, more connected, and more inspired lives.

Part-Time Mensch Academy Facilitator

Overview:

Mensch Academy facilitators create joyful and affirming learning spaces for the children in their classrooms and participate as full members of the Mensch Academy team. This job is a part time, hourly position in our Chicago office, reporting to the Director of Mensch Academy and working closely with their co-facilitator and the facilitator team. 

Mensch Academy is Mishkan Chicago’s supplementary Jewish educational program where kids feel loved enough and safe enough to take risks and experiment with Jewish tradition, make it their own, and are always welcomed as their whole selves. The role of Mensch Academy Facilitator requires creative and adaptive approaches to relationship building, lesson planning, and teaching.  We teach with kavod/respect for each person’s mind and spirit, adults and children alike. Grounded in progressive education pedagogy, Mensch Academy places focus not only on teaching kids, but on growing and developing thoughtful, reflective educators. 

 

Mishkan Chicago/Mensch Academy seeks diversity in its staff and educators. That means we invite applications from different denominations, religious and cultural backgrounds. We are searching for candidates of color, candidates who are Jews by choice, candidates in the LGBTQ community, and candidates who identify personally at any part of the incredibly rich gender spectrum.

 

What You’ll Do*:

*Note: We are hiring for several positions with slightly varying hours and responsibilities. 

  • Be a valuable member of our teaching team
    • Participate in prep and debrief sessions as required
    • Bring your full self and strong presence to team meetings and brainstorms
    • Able to take on out-of-class responsibilities such as securing supplies, preparing classroom space, snack, and organizing student information
  • Co-Facilitator for Mensch Classroom 
    • Be in the Mensch Academy space and classroom on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons
    • Design and/or support lesson plan creation 
    • Participate in collective prep and debrief sessions on Mon-Weds afternoons
    • Participate in regular professional development with Mensch Founder and Educational Consultant 
    • Communicates with families as needed for classes

 

 Who We’re Looking For:

  • Background in Jewish and/or experiential education 
  • Hebrew literacy or familiarity
  • Experience working with children
  • Experience with meeting deadlines, fulfilling responsibilities, and working on a team
  • Excitement about progressive, child-centered education
  • Song leading or guitar experience preferred (but not required)

 

Systemic inequities in hiring have caused women, people of color, LBTQIA+ folks, and others to apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. Mishkan encourages you to break that statistic and apply, as no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. We look forward to your application.

Mishkan is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against qualified applicants or employees with respect to any terms or conditions of employment on account of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related condition, citizenship, military service status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance. When necessary, Mishkan will reasonably accommodate employees and applicants with known physical or mental disabilities or medical conditions if the person is otherwise qualified to safely perform all of the essential functions of the position.

 

Benefits, pay, and why it’s great to work here:

  • Position begins at $27/hour
  • One-time $300 stipend for tech
  • Innovative, collaborative and respectful work environment

To Apply
Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected] by July 1. 

Mishkan Chicago is a Jewish Spiritual Community located in Chicago, Illinois. We reinvent and breathe new life into Judaism. We create radically inclusive spaces for Jewish spiritual practice and community, engaging, educating, and empowering people across the spectrum of identity, background, age, and belief. Our aim is to lead people in Chicago and beyond toward more purposeful, more connected, and more inspired lives.