Beginning in the eighth grade, PSJC teens are invited to apply for a madrich/a position in our Hebrew School and Shabbat programs. Roles include serving as a classroom assistant, shadowing a student with special needs, assisting with administrative duties, helping in youth Shabbat services, or being on the Tech Team. In addition to your hours in the classroom, madrichim are encouraged to attend sessions throughout the year that will further your own Jewish learning, as well as develop your skills in the classroom. Madrichim are able to receive community service hours for their school, while contributing to the PSJC community at the same time!
Starting this year, the PSJC Madrichim Team will include 3- 5 senior level PAID fellowship positions for Juniors and Seniors in High School. To qualify for a senior madrich(a) position, teens will need to have attended over 80% of classroom sessions for two years, participated in at least 2 madrichim seminars, and continued your own Jewish learning in some form (including regular attendance at Teen Torah, summer camp, etc). To apply for one of these positions, please fill out the special section at the end of the general application.
You may love working with younger children. You may want to learn more about how a Hebrew School works. You may be an awesome Hebrew reader and want to share your wisdom with someone struggling. Maybe you want to be more involved in PSJC. It's possible you have considered wanting to be a teacher when you grow up or working with children with special needs. You may love taking photos with your iPhone. Maybe you cannot imagine not spending extra time each week with Aileen. All of these reasons and more are reasons to be a madrich(a).
Plus, madrichim are allowed access to the PSJC kitchen to make a cup of coffee or tea (just like lead teachers) as long as it is not during a time you are supposed to be watching students. As often as possible, we will also provide special treats to the faculty, so you never know what you might find to snack on! You just have to keep the kitchen clean!
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 to be here, but we know sometimes things come up for all of us. If you cannot be here, definitely let Aileen and your leader 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). 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 as a madrich(a). If you're feeling like you don't get to do enough - ask to do more!