Careers

How do we create the Jewish community of the 21st century? What does the future of Jewish life look like for modern-day couples with at least one Jewish partner and their families? These are the questions our team at Honeymoon Israel (HMI) is working to answer each day as we build an inclusive, supportive, long-lasting community.

At HMI, we’re passionate about helping young couples bring Jewish life into their homes in a personal, meaningful way. We’re dedicated to our work, our community, and to each other. We’re not afraid to be creative and try new things. We’re a team that’s as unique and diverse as the people we serve.

Available Positions:

Assistant Director of Community Engagement, Chicago

Honeymoon Israel (HMI) provides immersive trips to Israel for locally based cohorts of couples that have at least one Jewish partner and are early in their committed relationship, creating communities of couples who are building families with meaningful connections to Jewish life and the Jewish people. To date, HMI has run more than 100 trips from 20 cities across North America– bringing more than 2,000 couples to Israel. To read more about Honeymoon Israel and its mission and vision, please visit www.honeymoonisrael.org.

Honeymoon Israel is seeking a full-time professional for the role of Assistant Director of Community Engagement, Chicago to play a critical role for HMI as it grows its operations and impact. Chicago is poised to become HMI’s first community that has four trips per year. With a unique remote culture, whose employees sit everywhere from Atlanta to San Francisco to Tel Aviv, this role is a critical position in a fast-moving, high-energy organization. This position is based in Chicago, IL.

Assistant Directors of Community Engagement are locally-focused HMI staff and are based in cities where HMI operates across North America. The Assistant Director of Community Engagement will report to the Director of Community Engagement in their particular community. Local HMI staff are connectors, facilitators, conveners and supporters in providing couples with a platform that helps them determine ways in which they want to incorporate Judaism into their lives. While the HMI experience for many couples begins with a group trip to Israel, the trip only serves as a catalyst and much of the work to support participants in this journey happens when couples return home.

About You

  • You are committed to reimagining Jewish life, understanding that connection to Judaism can take many forms, and are excited about the impact that transformational experiences can have on one’s identity and future
  • You have an understanding of and appreciation forHMI’s target audience of young couples representing diverse Jewish backgrounds and affiliations
  • You have a passion for and/or background in community organizing, community building, and creating unique and meaningful experiences for diverse groups of people
  • You are flexible, nimble and adaptable as it relates to your work
  • You have knowledge of Jewish culture, heritage, and practice, and are adept at including people from all different backgrounds and life experiences
  • You are energetic and a relationship-builder at your core
  • You have strong verbal and written communication skills
  • You are a skilled project manager with attention to detail who can manage and juggle multiple projects
  • You have a grasp of your community’s resources, including but not limited to the Jewish organizational landscape

Key Responsibilities

  • Support Chicago couples through the entire HMI applicant and participant experience from the moment they choose to apply to the following months/years after they return home from Israel
  • Work closely with the Chicago Director of Community Engagement on recruitment, outreach and marketing for Honeymoon Israel application/interview cycles in the Chicago area
  • Maintain partnerships and relationships with local community resources, institutions and funding organizations that will provide wrap around resources and programming to HMI couples throughout their HMI experience
  • Serve as a local trip leader, in partnership with a local Jewish educator/rabbi and Israel-based tour educator, on select HMI trips departing from the Chicago community
  • Communicate effectively and continually with and to past HMI participants, specifically as it relates to ongoing support for their Jewish and family journeys, opportunities for involvement and community building
  • Support the application interview process in other HMI communities throughout the year

Skills and Experience

  • 3-4 years of relevant professional experience
  • Highly organized, detailed oriented and efficient with time management
  • Passionate about pushing and redefining the boundaries of Jewish life in Chicago and beyond
  • Ability to and/or experience with working in a virtual, remote work environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Technologically savvy and a quick learner
  • Ability to think creatively, innovatively and strategically
  • Independent, self-starter
  • Experience leading Israel trips/programs, preferred
  • Experience with group facilitation and program planning/management, preferred
  • Knowledge of Jewish ritual and culture, preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required

Position Details

  • This position will report directly to the HMI Chicago Director of Community Engagement
  • Candidates must reside in the Chicago area
  • International travel to Israel required at least once per year
  • Domestic travel required approximately 15% of time
  • Must be available to work some weeknight evenings and weekends
  • Benefits include individual medical, dental, vision, paid parental leave, disability and life insurance coverage, as well as participation in the 403(b) retirement plan with an employer matching program. Flexible office hours and work environment. HMI has an unlimited vacation policy and perks to support mental and physical health.

The starting salary range for this position is $53,000-$58,000 per year. Salary is commensurate with experience.

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@honeymoonisrael.org.

Honeymoon Israel is an equal opportunity employer committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. We strive for our team to reflect the diverse community we serve. We encourage candidates of all cultural, racial, religious, gender, and sexual identities to apply.

Director of Jewish Journeys and Enrichment

Honeymoon Israel (HMI) provides immersive trips to Israel for locally based cohorts of couples that have at least one Jewish partner and are early in their committed relationship, creating communities of couples who are building families with meaningful connections to Jewish life and the Jewish people. To date, HMI has run more than 100 trips from 20 cities across North America– bringing more than 2,000 couples to Israel. To read more about Honeymoon Israel and its mission and vision, please visit www.honeymoonisrael.org.

About the Position

Honeymoon Israel is seeking a full-time professional for the role of Director of Jewish Journeys and Enrichment. This is a critical role in the organization as it embarks on its next phase of growth and impact on the global Jewish community. Honeymoon Israel’s mission is to build communities of couples and families who create deep and meaningful connections to Jewish life and the Jewish people.

You will spearhead educational content at Honeymoon Israel, including the curricular arc for participants as well as training and support for rabbis and educators who lead Honeymoon Israel trips. You will create content in close collaboration with trip leaders (including rabbis and educators), HMI educators, and partner organizations. You will be charged with envisioning, articulating, and developing an educational vision for Honeymoon Israel trips and for HMI alumni.

Responsibilities

  • Spearhead a robust educational vision and implementation plan for equipping educators to serve the entire HMI experience including pre-trip, the Israel experience, and (especially) post-trip
  • Engage partner organizations and rabbis/educators to design and implement a rabbi/educator training program
  • Recruit and prepare rabbis/educators for Honeymoon Israel trips
  • Collaborate and contract with rabbis/educators and organizational partners to create curricular elements as needed to support the entire HMI experience, including pre-trip, on-trip, and post-trip experiences, as you guide and curate the end product in collaboration with these essential partners
  • Organize local and national trainings and convenings as needed, including convening thought leaders to inform HMI’s educational direction
  • Cultivate relationships with partner organizations that could be next-stage Jewish experiences for Honeymoon Israel alumni
  • Build relationships with rabbinical seminaries and associations to cultivate recommendations of candidates to staff HMI trips
  • Nurture relationships with veteran HMI trip rabbis/educators
  • Document and share best practices in the field on an ongoing basis
  • May (in the future) include supervision of rabbinic interns or other educators working with HMI couples
  • Serve as trip educator/rabbi for two 10-day Israel trips per year.

Who you are

  • Embrace a “Jewish peoplehood” orientation, with an emphasis on being inclusive of interfaith couples.
  • Open to pushing and redefining the boundaries of Jewish life
  • Eager to elevate Jewish experiences in furtherance of “thick” Jewish content and community
  • Creative educator driven by finding the best ways to connect diverse communities and
    individuals to Jewish life
  • Vision- and mission-driven project manager, seeking a market-leading position that will help to make Jewish life and learning deeply resonant with the HMI network of participants and alumni, as members of the broad Jewish community and in relationship with Israel
  • High emotional intelligence
  • Flexible
  • Active listener
  • Highly collaborative
  • Results driven: someone who thrives on getting things done and excels at follow through

How you work

  • Comfortable balancing multiple priorities
  • Exceptional communication skills, including excellent writing skills.
  • Comfortable synthesizing large amounts of ideas and data into presentations and written reports
  • A self-starter who is comfortable working remotely

What you have done

  • At least 7 years of experience with HMI’s demographic, with demonstrated excellence in overseeing complex processes and systems
  • Significant experience developing strategies for deeply resonant Jewish education for a broad and diverse population
  • Experience leading collaboration across diverse stakeholders
  • Significant project management experience including leading large-scale projects that involve various types of stakeholders from inception to conclusion
  • Rabbinic ordination desirable but not required

Position Details

  • This position will report directly to the Chief Strategy Officer
  • This is a remote position. Candidates in the Chicago or Atlanta area preferred, but not required.
  • Once travel resumes, travel will be required 2-3 times per year to Israel. Regular travel within the United States will also be required, including representing HMI throughout communities we work in, engaging with partner organizations and rabbinic movements, and HMI team meetings.
  • Benefits include individual medical, dental, vision, paid parental leave, disability and life insurance coverage, as well as participation in the 403(b) retirement plan with an employer matching program. Flexible office hours and work environment. HMI has an unlimited vacation policy and perks to support mental and physical health.

Salary range: $100-150K

To apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@honeymoonisrael.org. Please include “Director of Jewish Journeys and Enrichment” in the subject line of the email. We will review applications and screen promising candidates on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Early applications are encouraged.

Honeymoon Israel is an equal opportunity employer committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. We strive for our team to reflect the diverse community we serve. We encourage candidates of all cultural, racial, religious, gender, and sexual identities to apply.