GESHER & MADRICHIM TEAM

 

GESHER

PSJC's teen "class" is a combination of socializing and discussion about a variety of current events topics, plus special holiday celebrations and learning. Participants steer the direction of the conversation with the questions they ask and the passions they bring. As covid protocols shift, we look forward to returning to communal dinners together as part of the program. In winter of 2022, we look forward to a special series of conversations to run currently with Gesher, focusing on Israel/Palestine.


Wednesdays, 6:30PM - 8:00PM
Bi-weekly

$525 tuition ($725 for non-members)*
*Due to likely reduced food costs 2021 - 2022, dinner will not currently be served for winter sessions when outdoors is not feasible. TBD

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PSJC MADRICHIM TEAM!

 

There are many ways you can be involved as a madrich/a/chol! From helping working one-on-one or with a small group to help with Hebrew skill building, creating Kahoot trivia and other "brain break" games, taking photos and updating the HS blog, and much more, we know that Hebrew School can only work WITH YOU! In addition to your hours "in the classroom", madrichim are encouraged to enroll in Gesher and attend training sessions throughout the year to deepen your own learning and grow your skills in the classroom.

Madrichim can...

  • Earn community service hours

  • Participate in paid fellowship positions

  • Work as assistant teachers

Hebrew School meets...

  • Tuesdays, 4:00PM - 6:00PM

  • Wednesdays, 4:00PM - 6:00PM

  • Sundays, 9:45AM - 12:15PM

  • Special Shabbat and Holiday events!

Madrichim Fellows:

Teens who have attended over 80% of classroom sessions for a minimum of two years, participated in at least 2 madrichim seminars, and continued their own Jewish learning in some form (including enrolling in Gesher, regular attendance at PSJC Shabbat services, HaZamir, summer camp, etc). Fellows are expected to help mentor younger madrichim, as well as take the lead on a project or activity during the year. Junior/Senior Madrichim Fellows receive an annual stipend of $1000.

Assistant Teachers:

Madrichim in their junior and senior year may apply to be assistant teachers on the faculty. These positions are available on a limited basis and are paid at an hourly rate based on experience, ranging from $25 - $35 per hour. Assistant teachers are a full part of the faculty and expected to attend faculty meetings and professional development sessions. To apply for an assistant teacher position, you must have completed at least one year as a Madrichim Fellow.

 

WHY SHOULD I WANT TO BE A MADRICH/A/CHOL?

You love working with children. You want to learn more about teaching. You are an awesome Hebrew reader and want to help someone struggling. You want to be more involved in PSJC. You cannot imagine not spending extra time each week with Aileen. All of these reasons and more are reasons to join the team.

DO I NEED TO BE THERE EVERY WEEK?

Depending on the role you want the answer changes. When you sign up to be a classroom assistant or shadow, we're counting on you. We also know sometimes things come up for all of us. If you cannot be here, definitely let Aileen and your lead teacher know, but ideally you'll be present for most Hebrew School sessions. 

I DON'T THINK I KNOW ENOUGH TO HELP!

Not true! If you can smile and make a friend then you know enough to be a madrich/a/chol. Depending on your skills, we'll find a role that fits them! 

WILL I ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING TO DO?

Every class is different and every teacher is different, so there may be times in a classroom when you feel like you're not doing much. There may be other times when you're asked to lead part of the class or facilitate a group activity. Both of these are ways to improve your skills, be a role model to the students, and grow into a bigger role. If you're feeling like you don't get to do enough - ask to do more!