T’ruah is seeking a full-time Rabbinic Peer Educator to enhance the skills and knowledge of the 2,000 rabbis and cantors in our network so that they can have a bigger impact on their communities’ ability to address pressing human rights issues.

The ideal candidate is a skilled Jewish educator with a coaching mindset and a proven ability to design curricula that meet the needs of program participants, and who is enthusiastic about meeting and engaging publicly with rabbis and cantors. They are a reliable project manager with excellent planning skills, adept at orchestrating multiple projects at once. They  can design educational resources for use in a wide variety of settings. They will value and have familiarity with racial justice and equity principles, proactively advancing equity outcomes, and are collaborative in their approach to planning and decision making.

This is an exciting time to join T’ruah at an incredible moment of growth. We plan to expand our staff and our capacity over the next few months. We are at the beginning of an ambitious five-year plan to grow our organization and budget substantially, and we recently hired a Director of Strategy who will guide a process of organizational reflection and alignment to make sure we are maximizing our impact. You have the opportunity to get in on the ground floor.

Who We Are

T’ruah trains and mobilizes more than 2,000 rabbis and cantors from all streams of Judaism, together with all members of the Jewish community, to act on the Jewish imperative to respect and advance the human rights of all people. Grounded in Torah and our Jewish historical experience and guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we call upon Jews to assert Jewish values by raising our voices and taking concrete steps to protect and expand human rights in North America, Israel, and the occupied Palestinian territories. 

To learn more about our work, visit www.truah.org or find us @truahrabbis on Twitter and Facebook. 

What You’ll Do 

The Rabbinic Peer Educator, who reports to the Director of Rabbinic Training, is responsible for the following:

  • Create, recruit for, and implement ongoing professional development opportunities for rabbis and cantors. These will begin with, but are not limited to:
    • 5 communities of practice (10-15 rabbis/cantors in each community, meeting for 6 monthly sessions), including one focused on antisemitism
    • Jewish edition of the Daring Compassion Movement Chaplaincy online course, beginning October 2021.
  • Design and implement a strategic calendar of webinars (approximately 1/month, or series of mini-courses) for rabbis/cantors to deepen their skills and knowledge related to T’ruah campaigns, and their ability to be effective moral leaders; recruit  rabbis/cantors to attend, and follow up with participants
  • Create resources to support rabbis/cantors in teaching their communities about the human rights issues on which T’ruah works, both in North America and in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. 

If you were here right now, you would be:

  • Developing a list of rabbis/cantors to reach out to about participating in the movement chaplaincy course.
  • Working with staff at partner organizations to plan pre-High Holiday webinars to help our rabbis/cantors speak about Israel these upcoming holidays.
  • Collaborating with our Development Officer and with a Black Jewish activist in the Twin Cities to flesh out a fall webinar series about policing.

In addition to your supervisor, you will collaborate regularly with:

  • Director of Organizing and local organizers
  • Director of Communications
  • Director of Strategy

Who You Are & Keys to Success

To be successful in this job, you will be or have:

  • Skilled Jewish educator: You design curricula to fit the needs of program participants. You can design Jewish educational resources that can be used by rabbis/cantors and other Jewish educators in a variety of contexts (e.g., sermons, adult ed, teens programs, day school, etc). You are able to understand the needs of professionals in the field by speaking with them.
  • Reliable project manager: You plan forward from a project’s inception, and backwards from the anticipated launch date, and involve stakeholders. You are able to juggle competing demands and prioritize without sacrificing quality. You bounce back from setbacks. You ask for help when needed. 
  • Racial equity and inclusion values and skills: You understand the historical context for racial inequity and its present-day implications. You recognize ways that race and other identities intersect in social justice work, especially with communities of rabbis and cantors. You are comfortable talking about identities such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, or gender in plain, specific terms. You identify decisions, policies, or practices that have disparate impacts based on identity, and you’re driven to make changes in systems and practices to operationalize equity. 
  • Collaborative: You bring a clear vision and recognize the value of divergent perspectives. You include internal and external stakeholders in planning and decision-making. 
  • Relationship-oriented: You are enthusiastic about meeting and engaging publicly with rabbis/cantors. You are able to build trust with clergy, whatever their age, level of seniority, gender, Jewish movement/denomination, geography, type of rabbinic position/setting, and other identities. You seek to connect people with each other based on shared interest, type of work, stage of career, etc. 
  • Coach and learning mentality: You help others grow. You use coaching, training, and feedback to develop others and support problem-solving. You see mistakes as learning opportunities. You seek and engage well with feedback. 

Experience with the following are plusses but not requirements:

  1. T’ruah’s campaign areas, including human rights for Israelis and Palestinians; worker justice; ending mass incarceration; and immigration
  2. Strong understanding of the history and manifestation of antisemitism
  3. Pastoral care and chaplaincy 
  4. The opportunities and challenges facing rabbis and cantors in the field

What Else You Should Know 

Status

This position is full-time. 

Salary

The starting annual salary for this role is $70,000 – $80,000 depending on experience. 

Location

The job location depends on where you reside: If you live anywhere other than the New York Metropolitan Area, the position is remote. Those living in the New York Metro Area will have our New York City office at their disposal; we are currently assessing an office reopening plan, which will likely require New York Metro Area employees to be present in the office at least a few days a week. 

Travel

Currently due to COVID no travel is required, but in the future we’d expect: ability to travel to occasional in-person meetings in various US locations.

Benefits include:

  • 100% coverage of your health insurance premium and 50% coverage for one family member
  • Automatic employer-side contributions of an amount equal to 5% of your salary to your 403(b) retirement account beginning one year after the date of hire – whether or not you choose to make employee-side contributions
  • 10 vacation days a year in your first year of employment, increasing to 20 days a year after three years
  • Jewish holidays
  • Paid leave of up to 12 weeks for the birth or adoption of a child
  • Health care flexible spending account 
  • Dependent care flexible spending account

Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)

T’ruah is committed to DEI at every level of our organization, including our Board of Directors. For the past several years we have been actively working on becoming an antiracist organization. We are currently in the process of creating a set of organizational values that will reflect this commitment. 

Equal opportunity employer

T’ruah is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable law. Women, transgender people, veterans and people of color are encouraged to apply. 

How to Apply 

  1. Complete the informational form located here.
  2. Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@truah.org. Please write “Rabbinic Peer Educator” in the subject line. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls, please. 

Our Timeline

Applications will be accepted through July 16. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Our ideal start date for this position is September 1.