Part Time

Youth Advisor

Kehillat Beth Israel Congregation Ottawa ON


Kehillat Beth Israel Congregation (KBI) is the newest and the largest synagogue in Ottawa. Founded three years ago as a result of the amalgamation of two Conservative congregations, KBI is committed to providing superior Jewish content to people of all ages through the leadership of our three full-time clergy and many active volunteers and lay leaders. KBI host the Ottawa Kosher Food Bank, and Ottawa’s Conservative youth organization, USY.
JACCUSY (Jews at the Capital City United Synagogue Youth) is our vibrant and growing youth branch. Programming includes “Kehillateinu” (our weekly and Holy Day junior congregation); monthly social, Israel-centric and Judaic events; informal coffee meet-ups and study breaks; holiday programs; Shabbatonim; and regional and national USY conferences.

The ideal candidate will work with the KBI Cantor and the synagogue staff to develop youth programs that include educational, religious, social, and cultural components. The optimal candidate will have strong outreach abilities, and a commitment to youth engagement.

Age groups include:
1. Grades 1-4
2. Grades 5-8 (Kadima)
3. Grades 9-12 (USY)

The job description includes the following 4 components:
1. Youth Programming (appx. 10 hours a week):
• To create and implement at least 1 program/month for each of the abovementioned age groups
• Recruitment for and attendance in USY regional activities
• Participating in the planning and recruitment of youth in major synagogue activities around holidays

2. Youth Education (appx. 3-5 hours a week):
• Assist to create and oversee teen educational program (JTeen) focussing on Social Action/Tikkun Olam

3. Religious Programming (appx. 3-5 hours a week):
• Regularly facilitate or lead our Kehillateinu youth Shabbat service
• Work with the cantor to organize and coordinate High Holiday youth services

4. Engagement (appx. 3-5 hours a week):
• Regularly meet 1-on-1 or in small groups to build and sustain relationships with the youth
• Coordinating and developing social media and other publicity with the congregation’s Communications Coordinator

Overall Key Qualifications
• Strong communication skills
• Able to take initiative and balance priorities
• Experience working with school-aged children and teens, preferably in a Jewish context or environment
• Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
• Strong organizational skills
• An enthusiastic and nurturing demeanor

Hours 20-25 hrs/week; largely evenings and weekends
Salary Range $20,000-$25,000
Preferred Degree Bachelors or equivalent in Education
Preferred Experience Experience in teaching and curriculum development; prior experience working in Jewish camps or youth programming; knowledge of USY
Start Date August 1st, 2019; flexible

To apply, please send a resume with cover letter to by July 15, 2019.