Temporary Community Educator, Genesis Summer 2024

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Waltham, MASSACHUSETTS


Posted: 23-Feb-24

Location: Waltham, Massachusetts

Salary: Open

Additional Information:

3 openings available.

Internal Number: R0009853

Genesis is a three-week residential program at Brandeis University for approximately 50 outstanding Jewish high school students from across the world. Students choose from one of two academic courses, taught by Brandeis-affiliated instructors. Courses meet for two hours each morning, Monday-Friday with time for Nesiyot (mini-courses) in the afternoons, and informal programming in the evenings and on Shabbat. Course work leads up to a capstone project. The Genesis Community Educator (CE) is an immersive position defined by educational collaboration, experimentation and community-building to create an exceptional growth experience for participants from around the world. We deeply value a diverse staff to apply. 


  • Have completed an undergraduate degree by the start of the summer (current or previous graduate work in Jewish studies, Jewish education or current rabbinical school enrollment preferred);

  • Possess teaching experience, especially in experiential education and with teens;

  • Have experience in and strong familiarity with Jewish community and a range of Jewish practice and observance;

  • Ability to lead (or assist in leading) daily minyanim, tefillah and other spiritual practice endeavors;

  • Be creative, flexible, collaborative and enthusiastic.

Key Responsibilities:

Residential and Community Life 

⢠Live in the residence halls with the participants; 

⢠Monitor participants♠physical and emotional well-being and serve as positive role models; 

⢠Support the participants in following the community guidelines and making responsible decisions as they negotiate living in the community at Brandeis; 

⢠Create a supportive environment within which participants can expand their comfort zones and explore new ways of expressing themselves, including facilitating daily small-group batim (houses/homerooms);

⢠Lead Bayit (daily small-group meeting) and collaborate with participants to shape a vibrant, diverse, pluralistic Jewish community.


Jewish Life and Educational Programming 

Nesiyot /Expeditions 

Each CE will design and facilitate a three-week (2 sessions per week)âœnesiyah ❠for a small group of participants that explores important facets of community: people, ideas, and experiences. Nesiyot are hands-on programs that involve authentic experiences shaped by the participants. CEs do much of the individual planning of Nesiyot prior to the summer with support from senior staff. Collaborative planning is encouraged throughout the summer.


CEs work with senior staff and students in weekly Shabbat planning, leadership, and celebration. This will include CE leadership of tefilah (prayer) and/or limudim (learning sessions), as well as offering morning or evening kavanot (spiritual practices).

Chofesh : Recreational Options 

CEs are responsible for offering recreational activities (sports, arts & crafts, music, etc) during chofesh (free time). 

Tochniyot: Evening Programming

In collaboration with the TAs and students, CEs work to create and implement a variety of social and educational evening programs. Most programs will occur on campus, with the occasional evening out for a special concert or event.

Program Dates

Sunday, July 7-Sunday, July 28

Staff Training Dates

Wednesday, July 3-Saturday, July 6: Staff Orientation in residence at Brandeis.


$3000 plus room and board (suite-style living with other Genesis staff).

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About Brandeis University
As a medium-sized private research university with global reach, we are dedicated to first-rate undergraduate education while making groundbreaking discoveries. Four major academic units with 3,600 undergraduates and 2,050 graduate students comprise the University: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, the International Business School, and the Rabb School of Continuing Studies. In 1985, Brandeis was elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), which represents the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada. Brandeis has been ranked among the top 35 national universities by U.S. News & World Report every year since the rankings’ inception. Our 235-acre campus is located in the suburbs of Boston, a global hub for higher education and innovation. Our faculty are leaders in their fields, as passionate about teaching and mentorship as they are about pushing the boundaries of knowledge. Our students are motivated, compassionate, curious and open to exploring new and challenging experiences. Brandeis was founded in 1948 as a nonsectarian university under the sponsorship of th...e American Jewish community to embody its highest ethical and cultural values and to express its gratitude to the United States through the traditional Jewish commitment to education. By being a nonsectarian university that welcomes students, teachers and staff of every nationality, religion and orientation, Brandeis renews the American heritage of cultural diversity, equal access to opportunity and freedom of expression.
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