Middle School Jewish Studies and Tanakh Teacher, Advisor, and Shaharit Facilitator

Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, an independent Jewish day school in suburban Philadelphia, seeks an experienced, dynamic and caring educator to serve as a full-time Middle School Jewish Studies and Tanakh teacher and advisor and Shaharit facilitator. The successful candidate for this position would begin in early December.

Interested candidates must have the ability to collaborate with colleagues, develop student centered curricula, and foster a growth mindset for each student. Developing an inclusive environment where students feel safe to take risks in their learning is a central value of the Barrack academic program. In addition, the candidate should be willing to seek professional growth and learning through team meetings, professional development opportunities and collaboration with Barrack educators. The ideal candidate enjoys middle school students and teaches with energy and enthusiasm. 

Qualifications include: 

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Jewish studies with strong teaching or working experience with middle school students
  • Intermediate Hebrew skills (reading, speaking, listening) 
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills with experience in effective communication with parents, students, teachers and staff
  • A collaborative spirit and an ability to function as a member of a team with administrators, teachers, students, and parents
  • A positive and strong work ethic
  • Ability to differentiate instruction for students within a heterogeneous classroom setting
  • Ability to meet due dates in a timely manner
  • Interested in  the development of Jewish Studies and Tanakh curricula in the context of real world learning and project-based learning
  • Proficiency in the use of classroom technology, including but not limited to: Google Suite, learning management systems, email management and classroom hardware. 

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Leading a Middle School Shaharit group Monday-Thursday mornings
  • Teaching electives that may include a study of contemporary Israel

Interested candidates should contact Rabbi Dan Rosenberg, Interim Director of Jewish Studies: with preliminary questions; to apply, applicants should please send the following:

  • Current resumé/c.v.
  • A personal letter of application should include
    • What you enjoy - and love - about working with middle school students,
    • What appeals to you about the possibility of working at Barrack,
    • What kinds of approaches you like to take in your teaching
    • What areas of growth you hope to have nurtured by your colleagues and school in the next phase of your career.

The application process includes a preliminary interview, an in-person interview involving colleagues, students and teaching a model lesson.

The Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy community does not discriminate on the basis of race or gender identity and it is guided by its four Derech Eretz values:
Kavod (honor)/כבוד | Hesed (loving-kindness)/חסד | Ometz lev (courage)/אומץ לב | Kehillah (community)/קהילה