15 Hours per week
The Research Assistant will work in UJA-Federation of New York's Jewish Resource Center (JRC), which provides opportunities for UJA-Federation staff and donors to explore Jewish traditions, wisdom, values, and spirituality. The JRC's goals are to strengthen Jewish identity, create community, deepen relationships, and make Jewish traditions accessible as resources for people to build ethical, spiritual lives and inform their actions as engaged members of the Jewish community.
The Research Assistant will work under the guidance of Rabbi Michael Paley, Scholar in Residence at UJA-Federation of New York. Major responsibilities include:
- Gathering, organizing, and preparing texts and materials for the JRC
- Developing course materials, focusing primarily on the development of one or two curricula for the Scholar in Residence's yearlong adult education classes
- Providing support and teaching assistance for the Scholar in Residence's classes
Materials prepared are for classes taught to donors and lay leaders of UJA-Federation, as well as for classes taught to staff. Projects involve a great deal of reading, library-based work, and thorough independent research. Class/research topics vary greatly; past research topics have included Secular Judaism, Jerusalem in World Religions, Women in the Bible, Real Estate and the Jewish Tradition, American Judaism, and the Golden Age of Spain.
Skills and Background:
- Strong academic background in Jewish studies
- Strong intellectual/literary interests
- Strong skills in working with traditional Jewish texts
- Ability to read and understand both biblical and modern Hebrew
- Strong research skills
- Strong initiative/a self-starter
- Independent worker