Are you an 8th-12th grader interested in making a difference? Are you looking to deepen your own Jewish connections and knowledge? Do you want to make friends with other Jewish peers and have fun while being a Jewish role model for younger students? Then apply to be an ozer/ozeret [assistant] for Congregation Beth Shalom’s Religious School. Ozerim can be paid or receive volunteer hours.
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL BASICS
Congregation Beth Shalom’s Religious School: Our mission is to nurture a deep love for Jewish traditions, religion, and community in meaningful and developmentally appropriate ways among students and their families.
Classes begin on September 19th 2021 and continue through May 24th. A detailed calendar will be provided.
For 2021-2022, we will be offering a combination of in person and virtual learning opportunities. School hours are as follows. Please note that specific hours for each position may vary.
|PreK-2nd grade – all in person||9:30 am-12:30 pm (in person)|
|3rd-5th Grade – all in person||4:30-6:30 (in person)||9:30 am-12:30 pm (in person)|
|3rd-5th Grade –hybrid||4:00 pm-6:00 pm (virtual)||9:30 am-12:30 pm (in person)|
|6th and 7th grade/Prozdor – hybrid||4:30-6:30 (virtual)||10:00 am-12:30 pm (in person)|
|Kids Kehilla and Torah and Tots – all in person||10:45 am-12:30 pm (in person)|
OZERIM Job Descriptions
Sunday Only Positions
Teacher’s Assistant – In Person, Prek-2nd Grades
Work with a classroom teacher and students. Learn how to teach with a talented teacher as your mentor, while at the same time developing strong leadership skills. Typical assignments, which vary based on ages of students, might include: helping serve snack, coaching Hebrew and T’fillot (prayers), reading stories, or leading activities. For 2021-2022, teacher assistants may also be asked to support students joining the class via Zoom.
Work with our shinshinim [teenager Israeli emissaries] to bring more Hebrew and Israel to the CBS Religious School by helping lead Israel programming for each class. Introduce students to Israeli games and music during recess and free times. Create Israel-themed bulletin boards and assist with our Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) programs.
Hebrew through Movement Ozer
Work with our Hebrew through Movement specialist to visit each Religious School classroom on Sunday mornings to help students improve their Hebrew skills in a fun and active way. Strong Hebrew skills required.
*New for 2021-2022* Hebrew Reading Team Member
Join the Hebrew reading staff to visit each K-5 class, working with students one-on-one and in small groups to improve their Hebrew reading and confidence. Members of the Hebrew reading team will receive training specific to teaching Hebrew reading. Outstanding Hebrew reading and t’fillah skills required.
Cover for ozerim who are absent; assist with special programs like the Purim Carnival; and jump in to help with whatever is needed. This is a great role for someone who may have schedule conflicts throughout the year and may not be able to attend each session, or someone who wants to work in different roles with different age groups.
Special Needs Aide
Mentor and support children with special needs at CBS. Learn the skills needed to provide individualized support and practice these skills in the classroom.
Sunday Office and Snack Ozer
Help to ensure the smooth running of the school by helping to manage logistics. Tasks may include greeting people at the door; distributing flyers; making photocopies; sorting supplies; organizing; filming and photographing classes in action; and preparing snack. You will work closely with the Director of Education to learn first-hand what it takes to make everything happen.
Saturday Morning Positions
Teacher’s Assistant – In Person (6th and 7th grades)
Work with a classroom teacher and students. Learn how to teach with a talented teacher as your mentor, while at the same time developing strong leadership skills. Typical assignments, which vary based on ages of students, might include: helping serve snack, coaching the class in Hebrew and T’fillot (prayers), and assisting guest teachers
Saturday Office and Snack Ozer
Help to ensure the smooth running of the school by helping to manage logistics. Tasks may include greeting people at the door; distributing flyers; taking attendance; securing classrooms; supervising recess; and preparing and serving snack. You will work closely with the Director of Education to learn first-hand what it takes to make everything happen.
Kids Kehilla Ozer
Work with Brianna at her Shabbat service for 5-11 year olds. Assist in taking attendance, managing materials, working with small groups of kids, and helping with anything else needed.
Torah and Tots & Young Family Tefillah Ozer
Assist with Shabbat programming for kids 5 and under and their families by reading stories, playing games, serving snack, and singing songs.
Tuesday Afternoon and Evening Positions:
Teacher’s Assistant for Prozdor– Virtual
Work via Zoom with your assigned classroom teacher and students to offer coaching in Hebrew and T’fillot (prayers) and assist with elective courses.
Teen Learning Ozer
Help prepare dinner for teen learning each Tuesday by helping to bring food to the annex; setting up for dinner; taking attendance; and keeping the classroom supplies in the annex neat and well stocked. The position also includes helping any students joining via Zoom participate in class as well.
Tuesday/Sunday (In-Person Option) and Wednesday/Sunday (Virtual Option) Positions
3rd-5th Grade Teacher’s Assistant – In Person
Work with a classroom teacher and students. Learn how to teach with a talented teacher as your mentor, while at the same time developing strong leadership skills. Typical assignments, which vary based on ages of students, might include: helping serve snack, coaching the class in Hebrew and T’fillot (prayers), reading stories, or leading activities. For 2021-2022, teacher assistants may also be asked to support students joining the class via Zoom.
3rd-5th Grade Teacher’s Assistant – Virtual
Work via Zoom with your assigned classroom teacher and students to offer coaching in Hebrew and T’fillot (prayers), reading stories, or leading activities.
- Ozerim will be reliable and dependable, serve as a role model to our students, and have a positive attitude.
- Ozerim are expected to follow the guidelines and direction of their teachers.
- Ozerim are expected to arrive 30 minutes before their assigned start time and check in and be in the classroom by the assigned time to meet the teacher/supervisor and assist with classroom set up.
- Ozerim are expected to stay until the last student in their class has been picked up and the classroom has been cleaned up for the day.
- Ozerim should always dress appropriately and act professionally.
- Ozerim should keep cell phones silenced and away while working. Ozerim who struggle with this requirement will be asked to leave their phone in the religious school office.
- Ozerim working on Shabbat and Holiday are expected to observe Shabbat and holidays while at CBS. This includes refraining from using technology while in the synagogue. If you have questions about Shabbat and Holiday practices, please ask!
- All ozerim working with 3rd-7th grade will help run games for students during recess time. We will create a rotation for this responsibility and stock various supplies that might be useful (balls, jump ropes, etc.).
- All classroom ozerim will be responsible for posting the classroom agreements at the beginning of class, taking them down and storing them at the end of class, and picking up and returning snack for their classroom.
- Teachers and students rely on ozerim. Ozerim should therefore attend as many class sessions as possible and miss only when absolutely necessary. If necessary, substitutes can be found. We encourage participation in USY events and understand that some class sessions may be missed due to participation in USY Regional programming. Exceptions will be made for students who are studying in Israel for part of the school year. If you cannot attend at least 80% of the sessions, please reconsider whether this program is the right fit for you.
- Notify your teacher and the Education Director of all absences at least 2 weeks in advance (illness/emergency excluded) and attend to finding your own substitute.
Training and Meetings
- Ozerim must attend 2 mandatory training sessions at the beginning of the school year or arrange for a substitute training if necessary, pending approval of Director of Education. Trainings will take place Tuesday, August 31st and Sunday, September 5th.
- Ozerim will attend monthly, mandatory Ozerim meetings over the course of the year (usually one Sunday each month from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm). A schedule will be provided at the start of year. Sessions will focus on leadership, classroom management techniques, child development, and creating friendships as a cohort.
- Ozerim are encouraged (but not required) to participate in monthly Religious School staff meetings (Usually one Sunday each month from 12:30-1:30pm).
8th graders are volunteers and may receive community service hours for their work.
9th-12th grade Ozerim may choose to either receive community service hours or be paid (minimum wage). Paid ozerim are required to be enrolled in regular Jewish learning, such CBS Teen Learning or other alternative learning program approved by the Director of Education. Ozerim can choose to volunteer if they cannot meet this requirement.
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