Religious School Job Opportunities

Share your love of Jewish learning and enrich your Jewish life in the process! Over 120 teachers serve the Reform and Conservative synagogues of St. Louis each year in their weekend and after-school education programs for youth and teens. You might be the perfect fit to join them in 2021! While the benefits go well beyond money, these are paid positions. 

The best religious school teachers come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are trained teachers while some work in technology, finance, or any other field during the week. Some have recently found Judaism while some have been synagogue poster children since childhood. Some can’t read a word of Hebrew while some are fluent. This diversity adds a unique depth to our school communities. Synagogues’ education directors can provide the training and support you may need to become a confident and impactful teacher. You bring the love of learning and enthusiasm for working with youth and teens, we’ll help you develop the rest.

Browse the listings below to learn more about each school and find the right fit for you. Feel free to reach out to the educator listed to apply at any schools you are interested in.  

Note: Given the COVID-19 pandemic, religious schools may look different than we’re used to this fall. But Jewish learning never stops! Each school is working on contingency plans and still has a full year of learning ahead. Schools are moving forward with hiring teachers as any in-person or remote learning experience needs caring, creative leaders. When you reach out to the schools you are interested in, feel free to ask the directors about their specific plans.

Congregation Temple Israel (Reform)

Location: Creve Coeur, on Ladue at Spoede Road
Branch of Judaism: Reform
Positions Available: Sunday Classroom Teacher; Hebrew Teacher for 3rd-6th grade
Contact: Lesley Goldenberg, Assistant Director of Family Education, lgoldenberg@ti-stl.org 

 

Classroom Teacher for Sundays
Sundays, 9:30-11:30 am, grades to be determined

Temple Israel Religious School (TIRS) is looking for Sunday morning teachers who want to teach in a dynamic, hands-on learning environment. We provide children in grades K-12 an enriching Jewish experience as they navigate their way through the 21st century. The heart and soul of our Religious School is our students; we give them an incredible Reform Jewish educational foundation and take great pride in knowing that they are excited to be in our school, learning Judaism in a relaxed, casual environment.

We are looking for experienced teachers who have a love of Judaism and a passion for teaching, who make Jewish learning fun and accessible. All of our classes explore Jewish holidays, Torah, Israel, tzedakah, Mitzvot and Jewish history, instilling a lasting and positive feeling about being Jewish. We also focus on experiential learning opportunities that take Jewish education to a new level by infusing art, cooking and music into our program.

 

Hebrew Tutor/Small Group Hebrew Teacher
Monday-Thursday, 3:30-6 pm, in 1 hour increments

Temple Israel’s Hebrew School is launching a tutoring program where children will have the chance to learn Hebrew in small learning groups. Through individualized attention and a flexible schedule, children in our tutoring program will learn Hebrew letters, vowels and their sounds, how to write in Hebrew and age appropriate prayers in preparation for B’nai Mitzvah. Families will have the opportunity to choose from multiple different scheduling options, and tutors and students will be matched together based on learning style, personality and scheduling. Students will be assessed three times per year by teacher and director to ensure students are meeting their learning goals. 

Applicants should be able to read and write Hebrew, chant basic prayers, and understand how to lesson plan individual and small group Hebrew tutoring sessions, both in person and virtually.

Temple Emanuel (Reform)

Location: Creve Coeur near highways 40 and 270
Branch of Judaism: Reform
Days/times: Sundays, Judaics 9:30-11:30 am; Virtual Hebrew in 1-on-1 sessions at various times during the week
Positions Available: Beginners-level prayer Hebrew for older elementary age; Music specialist for all ages (preschool-teens)
Contact: Emily Cohen, Director of Education & Community Engagement, emily@testl.org

Community is core to our religious school community. Our small size lends itself to close friendships and deep engagement. TE families and staff start their Sunday mornings with bagel breakfast as a community before children head to multi-age classes for experiential, hands-on Jewish learning. Monthly family services are a highlight of the Sunday experience where we pray, sing, and learn together. Students have substantial opportunities for leadership and personal choice, whether they are leading a prayer at a family service, planning a food drive, playing an improv game about a Jewish value, or building a Lego model of their favorite Torah story. Teachers have flexibility in the topics they teach and the modalities they use, with individualized support from TE’s education director. Jews from interfaith families, Jews-by-Choice, and Jews of any age, gender identity, sexual orientation, and racial background are welcome and encouraged to connect with TE!

Congregation Shaare Emeth (Reform)

Location: 11645 Ladue Road (at New Ballas Road), Creve Coeur
Branch of Judaism: Reform
Positions Available: Multiple positions available! Both virtual and in-person teaching positions are open. We are ideally looking for candidates comfortable with both but we are willing to work with everyone.
Contact: Marci Diamond, Assistant Director of Religious School, mdiamond@sestl.org

Sunday, 9-11:30 am (potentially later in the afternoon as well)

  • Grade-level teachers for Pre-K through 6th Grade, who lead their own class with teen assistants, with a fully written  and structured curriculum for Hebrew and Judaics. Weekly.

  • 7th and 8th Grade teachers for interactive programs that meet 2-3 times a month.

  • Hebrew Specialists, who help run small groups and offer support to students who need extra help. Requires ability to read and chant prayers in Hebrew fluently. Weekly.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:45-6:15 pm 

  • Hebrew Teachers: meet with a small group of students grouped together by grade level and learning needs/style to work on a prayer-based curriculum. We regularly assess our students and track their progress in these groups. Time slots are flexible! For these positions, Hebrew reading skills are necessary.

The Shaare Emeth Religious School strives to be a laboratory for Jewish learning and living. We hope that by providing a caring learning community where everyone matters, finding inspiring teachers, and providing challenging, fun Jewish learning content, each of the children who go through our program will gain a strong sense of who they are as Jews, understand why they love being Jewish, and find ways to plug into Jewish community as they grow. For our faculty, we offer a warm work environment, access to high-quality educational resources and professional mentoring, a supportive religious school team of collaborative teachers, and countless opportunities to be creative and have fun in the classroom. Faculty also participate in all-school programming such as t’filah (services), holiday programming, social action projects, ritual moments, and more. We look for folks who are passionate about Jewish learning, love working with and connecting with children, and who are open to growth. Teacher responsibilities include building positive relationships with students, communication with our families, and basic session planning. Interested candidates with all levels of experience and diverse backgrounds are welcome in our community!

Central Reform Congregation (Reform)

Location: 5020 Waterman Blvd. (near Kingshighway and Forest Park)
Branch of Judaism: Reform
Positions Available: Come work with our 3rd – 6th grade students as they learn about Jewish values, stories, people, holidays, prayers, connections to Israel, historical events, and modern issues.
Classes: Saturdays 10 am-Noon; Wednesdays 4-6 pm
Some Hebrew classes may be hybrid and meet at various times. Classes may be in person or virtual.
Contact: Want to become part of CRC’s Learning Community? Reach out to Maxine Weil, Director of Lifelong Learning at maxine@centralreform.org.

Central Reform Congregation (CRC) is committed to being a active and positive presence in the City of St. Louis. Our Religious School curriculum reflects those CRC Core Values. We are a dynamic, diverse, respectful, and welcoming community of learners; staff, teachers, and students. Teachers wanted to connect with students, facilitate discussions, encourage questions, explore resources, and celebrate learning! Be part of our Education Team at CRC.

Kol Rinah Education Hub - KoREH (Conservative)

Location: Moving to Clayton on Maryland Ave.
Branch of Judaism: Conservative
Days/times: Sundays, 9:30 am-noon; Wednesdays, 4:15-6:15 pm
Positions Available: Elementary-age Hebrew & Judaics Teachers; Art Specialist
Contact: Rabbi Scott Shafrin, Associate Rabbi & KoREH Director, rabbishafrin@kolrinahstl.org

As a school community, we are committed to creating an experiential learning environment in which learners of all ages and abilities can take ownership of Jewish texts, the Hebrew language, their community, their spiritual life, and their own Jewish identity. We strive to guide each of our students and families in an open and friendly environment, in order to build lasting relationships with one another, find their Jewish voices, dive into Torah, and engage deeply with the world around them. We engage students in Judaism through compassionate connections to who they are and by using their interests as vehicles of Jewish self-discovery. We believe in educating whole families, bringing Jewish learning out of the classroom and into the world, and in creating learning spaces that empower parents, families, and individual learners to build their own links with Jewish life. Our staff is a diverse group of creative educators with a wealth of knowledge, experience, and outside-the-box thinking, who have built our educational model from the ground up. Teachers work as a team to create learning experiences, and to support one another in growing our school’s offerings. Come join our community of learners!

United Hebrew Congregation (Reform)

Location: West County near 141 and 40
Branch of Judaism: Reform
Positions Available: 4th/5th Grade Teacher; Beginner to Advanced Level Hebrew Small Group Teacher
Contact:
Laura Rosenberg, Director of Elementary Education and Engagement, laura.rosenberg@unitedhebrew.org

 

4th/5th Grade Teacher
Sundays, 9-11:30 am

Join our growing community as we teach our children about Judaism through hands-on learning. Using a curriculum based on values, Tzedakah, and Tikkun Olam, students will learn Torah, Mitzvot, and more. Teachers work with a mix of 4th and 5th grade students to create a thriving community, as well as collaborate with a variety of different educators. 

 

Beginner to Advanced level Hebrew Small Group Teacher
Sundays, 11:45 am-12:45 pm
Monday-Thursday, 3:30-4:30 pm, 4:30-5:30 pm, 5:30-6:30 pm, 6:30-7:30 pm
(various time positions available)

At United Hebrew, Hebrew is taught in small groups. Students meet once a week for one hour to learn their Hebrew letters and sounds, how to write, converse with each other, and prepare for their B’nai Mitzvah. Small groups allow teachers to give their students individualized attention, while still learning from their peers. 

Congregation B'nai Amoona (Conservative)

Location: 324 S. Mason Road in Creve Coeur

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be someone’s hero? Come find out! Congregation B’nai Amoona is hiring Super Heroes for this coming school year! Hero qualities not limited to…

  • Strong Jewish Identity
  • Inspiring
  • Engaging
  • Inquisitive
  • Patient
  • Kind
  • Friendly
  • Responsible
  • Technology Savvy (for all the latest Super Hero gadgets!)

Contact Liessa Alperin at liessa@bnaiamoona.com or 314-576-9990 ext 116 to apply for your own special Super Hero cape!