Community Engagement Coordinator



Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) seeks a Community Engagement Coordinator (CEC).  Congregation B’nai Israel is progressive synagogue in Northampton, MA with ~370 memberships, comprised of diverse backgrounds.  The synagogue, affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, runs a wide variety of educational, religious, cultural and social justice focused programming and services including a pre-school, a religious school for youth and families, teen programs, adult education, Shabbat and holiday programs, and an onsite 1-acre food justice farm and outdoor classroom (Abundance Farm); a collaboration with the nearby Jewish Day School and Food Pantry.

The part-time (18hrs weekly) Community Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for managing two community engagement initiatives, “Shabbat Shabloom,” and “CBI Chavurot.”  Each of these engagement initiatives are part of a larger effort on the part of CBI to increase its membership and to further support vibrant Jewish life among its stakeholders.

Shabbat Shabloom is an initiative for families with young children (0-5).  Shabbat Shabloom programming features music, storytelling and farm-based activities.  The Shabbat Shabloom program model focuses on a few monthly gatherings open to the public on Shabbat and holidays.

CBI Chavurot is a brand new initiative designed to cultivate new community involvement, cultivate deeper connections among community members and strengthen participants’ Jewish literacy and Jewish self-confidence.  The CBI Chavurot model will focus on the creation of a number of small groups, each organized around a specific area of interest such as young families or interfaith.  Each Chavurah will have a “captain,” who will be responsible for helping to organize their respective Chavurah gatherings.

The Community Engagement Coordinator will be charged with managing each of these initiatives.  The CEC will work closely with the Chavurot captains and offer them support towards the success of the initiative.  The CEC will also work closely with CBI’s Rabbi, its Director of Jewish Life and the Director of Young Family Engagement.  The CEC will be supervised by the Director of Jewish Life.

Key Responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Engagement with participants and prospective participants
  • Track and record individuals’ participation
  • Event planning including program set-up/clean-up
  • Communication and marketing
  • Assistance with grant reporting
  • Program staffing
  • Supporting other CBI staff and lay leaders in membership recruitment efforts
  • Other tasks as needed


  • Positive, team player
  • Very strong administrative, organizational and communication skills
  • Great comfort using varied digital platforms and software
  • Social media savvy
  • Dependability
  • Authentic passion for Jewish life and tradition
  • Strong Jewish literacy
  • Successful track record with project management
  • Reliable transportation

The right candidate is a highly organized professional, and a cheerful team member with whom both kids and adults find it easy to connect.  The right candidate will excel at both interpersonal engagement as well as detailed administrative tasks.  We are looking for a “people person,” who is very detail oriented and great at follow-through.

Hours of Employment:

This is a part-time, 18 hr/week position.  The exact weekly schedule is somewhat flexible and will be determined in coordination with the Director of Jewish Life.  The CEC must be available to work on occasional nights and weekends.  The position is currently available and will be open until filled.  The preferred start date is Monday, January 29th.  The position runs through June 2017 and there is the possibility of continued employment.

 Pay and Benefits: 

Salary dependent on experience.   The Congregation will withhold FICA and federal and state income taxes and pay its share of FICA.

To Apply:
Send resume, cover letter and 2 recent professional references to Rabbi Jacob Fine at