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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.

Director of Family Education and Experience

Mishkan Chicago is a growing Jewish spiritual community based in Chicago with a national audience, and our mission is to bring more purpose, connection and inspiration to people’s lives through Jewish practice and community. Since our first service in 2011, we have been the address in Chicago for inspired, down-to-earth Judaism, serving 620 households both in Chicago and around the country including over 100 families at Mishkan who are excited to go deeper in relationship with Judaism and with one another.

We’re post-denominational, interfaith, queer, POC and ability inclusive. We believe that Judaism has the power to bring light, love, healing, justice and joy into a world that desperately needs it. And that begins with how we educate our kids! 

Position Overview

We’re seeking a visionary educator who will oversee our suite of Shabbat programs for kids ages 0-18, develop a Jewish foundations and BMitzvah preparation curriculum for 6th and 7th graders, and build out our teen programs, all in concert with our fabulous staff of full and part-time educators (including early childhood, music, and teen) and event producers. This job is highly collaborative and relies on strong Judaic knowledge, supervision skills, organization, and teamwork, as well as a deep love for the minds and hearts of middle and high school students. 

This position supervises the BMitzvah Coordinator/Teen coordinator and Family Music Specialist and reports to the Senior Director of Programs. You’ll have a strong foundation of existing family programs to build upon and will be supported by a top-notch programs and logistics team, as well as you’ll be part of a larger organizational staff that’s there to help every program succeed. You’ll have Rabbi Lizzi as a content collaborator and thought partner, as well as you’ll work closely with the family music specialist and teen educator, who are both already deep into building programs and community for those populations. 

This job is for someone who lives and breathes Jewish education and is excited about the prospect of helping kids of all ages having meaningful Jewish experiences that connect them more deeply to one another, to God (or however you refer to the unity that connects us all), and to the chain of Jewish tradition. Lastly, this job has a strong element of community building amongst kids and families, and will require ongoing connection and collaboration with The Mensch Academy, Mishkan’s unique Jewish learning program for kids K-5th grade.

What You’ll Do:

Manage B’Mitzvah Process and Teen Experience (60%)

  • Primary lead stewarding families through the BMitzvah process, about 24 per year.
  • Collaborates with Senior Rabbi to design curricular approach for 6th-7th graders that focuses on Jewish conceptual and synagogue skills, including Hebrew, trope, Torah, prayer, ritual, Jewish history.
  • Leads the educational, ritual and community building experience of pre-and-post BMitzvah students and families, including a 6th grade “fundamentals” program, and our KBM (Kehilat BMitzvah) program for 7th graders.
  • Works with teen educator to design robust experiences for teens at Mishkan.
  • Oversees communication (alongside BMitzvah Coordinator) with families about the multi-year process of assigning dates, preparation, and process.
  • Meets with families and students for individual preparation (designs the service with the families and student, works with students on their drash, facilitates honors for family members, runs the BMitzvah dress rehearsal).
  • Creates working pipeline of post-BMitzvah teens who can read Torah for Shabbat and holidays.
  • Represents Mishkan at city-wide efforts to engage teens in travel, retreats and programs.

Direct Vision and Content for Family Events around the Jewish Calendar (40%)

  • Holds educational and programmatic vision for Shabbat and oversees execution of programs for kids and families across multiple age groups. Regularly communicates with staff leading programs, evaluates and finetunes existing programs, designs and pilots new initiatives, manages relevant staff.
    • Attend and co-lead age-differentiated Shabbat programming for children
    • Oversee and regularly lead grade level family meet-ups at Shabbat and Havdalah 
  • Provides educational content for family-oriented major and minor holidays
  • If clergy, provide Lifecycle support for new parents
  • Visions and develops programs across family lifespan.

What You’ll Bring:

  • Enthusiasm for Jewish education in a variety of settings–informal, formal, multigenerational, camp-inspired, etc–and familiarity with existing Jewish educational resources (textbooks, curricula, websites, networks)
  • Strong project management skills with experience meeting deadlines and bringing small and large projects to completion.
  • Supervisory skills,  minimum 3 years of experience.
  • Thrives in team-based, collaborative settings.
  • Supportive and inclusive of interfaith families and non-traditional family constructions
  • Will travel on Shabbat and chag (different venues may require it).

Added Bonus:

  • Musical/guitar skills and songleading experience are a plus but not required
  • Graduate level study is a plus but not required (e.g. MAEd, MA in Jewish Education, or clergy). We are open to receiving applications from experienced Jewish educators without clergy ordination, or clergy (rabbi or cantor).

 

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

  • The salary for this position is $75-90k for non-clergy and $105-120k for clergy, commensurate with experience and education.
  • We have a competitive benefits package including 12 weeks paid parental leave, subsidized health insurance with a 100% employer-covered option and a defined benefit contribution to spouse/dependents, dental and vision covered 100% by employer; a 401k retirement plan with a 4% match after one year of employment. 
  • A commitment to a positive and collaborative staff culture.
  • Generous professional development funds for full-time employees
  • Flexible scheduling

Where You Work:

Hybrid work environment with our main office located at 4001 N. Ravenswood Avenue in Chicago as well as holiday and prayer service venues across Chicago. This position requires work on Jewish holidays, the High Holidays, and Shabbatot (some Friday nights and Shabbat mornings), and some Sundays, with a generally flexible work schedule during the week. 

To Apply:

If this sounds like a fit for you, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Application materials are due by Wednesday, March 1st. Initial screening calls will begin on a rolling basis starting in early February. 

Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Systemic inequities in hiring have caused women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ folks, and others to apply to jobs only if they meet every requirement. We encourage 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.

Mensch Academy Aide (Part-Time)

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 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 Aide requires creative and adaptive approaches to relationship building and social emotional support, in recognition of the unique nature of each child in our program. We relate to students 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 and staff. 

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 disabled, candidates who are neurodivergent, candidates who are Jews by choice, candidates in the LGBTQ community, and candidates on any part of the incredibly rich gender spectrum.

What You’ll Do: 

Hours: Minimum of 2 hours a week (Wednesdays 4-6)  with possibility to extend to include Mondays and Tuesdays if amenable to Mensch Director and applicant. Position begins at $30/hour.

  • Be a valuable member of our Mensch Academy team
  • Contribute genuinely, kindly, and with kavod (respect/honor) to classroom experience 
  • Bring your full self and strong presence to team meetings and brainstorms
  • Collaborate with Director, Facilitators, and Mishkan staff as required
  • Provide individualized and responsive student support
    • Work closely with neurodivergent student(s) in classroom of 12 students with two adult facilitators
    • Support students in classroom participation to their fullest ability and desire
    • Merge work experience and training with Mensch Academy philosophy

 Who We’re Looking For:

  • Professional or academic experience in paraprofessionalism, or other related fields
  • Experience working with children
  • Experience working on a team and practicing flexible and adaptive classroom management
  • Excitement about progressive, child-centered education
  • Background in Jewish and/or experiential education (not required)
  • 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.

To Apply
Please send resume to [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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.

Mensch Academy Facilitator (Part-Time)

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 disabled, candidates who are neurodivergent, candidates who are Jews by choice, candidates in the LGBTQ community, and candidates on any part of the incredibly rich gender spectrum.

 

What You’ll Do: 

Avg. of 20 hr/week, minimum of 15 hr/week, max of 25/hr week. Workload always communicated with 2 weeks advance notice

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, from 1:00-6:15 on Monday and Tuesday and 2:00-6:15 on Wednesdays
    • Design and/or support lesson plan creation 
    • Participate in collective prep and debrief sessions on Mon-Weds afternoons
    • Participate in regular paid professional development
    • Communicate with families as needed 

 

 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 $28/hour
  • Use of a staff computer for work throughout the year
  • One week paid leave/school year 
  • Generous and regular professional development opportunities within weekly work responsibilities 
  • Innovative, collaborative and respectful work environment

To Apply
Please send resume to [email protected] by August 15th, 2022. 

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.

Shabbat Coordinator (Contract, Fridays and Saturdays)

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.

Shabbat Coordinators are an essential part of our Shabbat team, providing the logistical support and hospitality that makes our services possible. Mishkan rotates our shabbat venues and Shabbat Coordinators work alongside the Shabbat Producer to execute the day of logistics. The current schedule for this programming is as follows: 

  • Friday Night Shabbat
    • 2nd & 4th Fridays of the month – In person services
    • 3rd Friday of the month – Virtual/digital services 
  • Saturday Morning Shabbat
    • 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month – In person services (Including BMitzvah celebrations)


What You’ll Do:

  • Greeting congregants and welcoming newcomers at each service
  • Loading in materials and transporting them to/from the Shabbat venue via a Mishkan vehicle
  • Setting up and breaking down all materials used during Shabbat
  • Setting and cleaning up catered meals as needed.
  • Helping us to maintain an inventory of Shabbat supplies

Shabbat coordinators work 1-3 events per month with an average of 5-10 hours for each event. There is an opportunity to work extra hours around Jewish holiday events (Purim, Passover, High Holidays, etc). This person will work closely with a rotating group of other Shabbat coordinators and Mishkan full-time staff and clergy, and will report primarily to our Shabbat Producer.  

Who We’re Looking For:

  • This position is ideal for someone who excels at multitasking and providing logistical support while regularly interacting with congregants. 
  • Background in food service, catering or retail preferred. 
  • A valid driver’s license is required. 
  • Ability to lift 30 or more pounds.
  • Ability to work well with others.
  • Ability to take direction and feedback.
  • Ability to follow specific and time based tasks. 
  • Great customer service skills.
  • Knowledge of Jewish holiday and Shabbat rituals a plus.

To Apply
Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected] by March 1, 2022.

This position pays $20/hour.

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.

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.

Our Workplace Values

What’s it like to work here?

Mishkan Chicago is a Jewish spiritual community that leads people toward more purposeful, more connected, and more inspired lives. We create Jewish spaces to bring your whole self, and be part of something larger than yourself. When we do that, we reimagine and breathe new life into Judaism, and we change the world. We do this for our community and our staff.

 We take our staff culture seriously, and we’ve developed workplace values to reflect how we show up for work:

  1. We innovate and see challenges as opportunities to learn and grow.
  2. We take care of ourselves and each other.
  3. We belong to a team.
  4. We are invested in what we do, and we create an enjoyable work environment.
  5. We create a culture of respect, positivity, and empowerment amongst ourselves and for our community.