Teva Educator

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Falls Village, CT
United States

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Teva is the premier Jewish environmental education program in the country. Our four-day Shomrei Adamah program provides transformational experiences in nature for Jewish day school students. We are seeking engaged, nature-inspired, creative, playful, and hard-working people to join our team of fall educators at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. Isabella Freedman is a pluralistic Jewish community in Falls Village, CT.

Teva aims to connect youth to the natural world, inspire environmental awareness and activism, and engage youth in Jewish culture and tradition. We are looking for educators who are excited to take part in this mission by leading and developing transformational experiences in nature. Educators spend their day outside with a group of students, and lead interactive curriculum that focuses on awareness, interconnectedness, ecology, and responsibility.  


Teva’s educators come from a diversity of backgrounds and contribute a variety of skills to the program.  Musicians, teachers, wilderness leaders, artists, mentors, performers, athletes, scholars, and lovers of life are invited! All Teva educators are hired because they have demonstrated strong skills in working with children through prior experience.


Program Dates:

Fall Season 2019 – from Aug 25th – Dec 11th (exact dates are subject to change)

May 2020 - There will also be the opportunity to continue as a Spring Tevanik for the month-long spring program.  



Introduce students to the natural world through exploration of the forest, farm, and campus of Isabella Freedman

Plan and lead outdoor learning blocks and electives to teach ecological and Jewish concepts, either solo or with a co-educator

Lead Camp Teva children’s programming during Hazon holiday retreats

Work collaboratively with supervisors and colleagues  

Participate in theatrical presentations, large scale games, evening programming, and song sessions

Support programming at meals for students and chaperones

Participate in Shacharit (morning prayer services) and add creative educational elements

Assist with development of curriculum, skits, and program materials

Participate in staff training and development (1/3 of total work time) and learn Teva’s curriculum

Prepare the site for the week, includes programming materials, set-up, and take-down


Compensation and benefits

Hourly pay of $10.10 per hour (Around $5,000 for the Fall season)

Room and board in a Kosher facility provided by Hazon at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center

Participation in select weekend/holiday programming at Isabella Freedman

Professional development and networking opportunities throughout season

Opportunity to develop teaching skills in a creative experiential setting

Participation in vibrant ecologically-based Jewish community of Isabella Freedman

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How to Apply:

Fill out an application by going to and click on "apply to Teva."

To Apply:

Visit our website for the application at
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled; please apply expeditiously. Any questions please contact Karen Pettinelli by email or call 860-824-5991 x401


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