Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives is a 24-years-strong Jewish congregation in Brooklyn, where doubt can be an act of faith and all hands are needed to build our community. We are creative, serious seekers who pray joyfully, wrestle with tradition, pursue justice and refuse to be satisfied with the world as it is. As individuals of varying sexual orientations, gender identities, races, family arrangements, and Jewish identities and backgrounds, we share a commitment to the search for meaningful expressions of our Judaism in today's uncertain world.


We are seeking a B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator to interface with families, clergy, and school and administrative staff on the planning, coordination, and execution of B’nai mitzvah ritual celebrations at Kolot Chayeinu.  The position is for approximately 10-18 hours / week and will report directly to our Cantor, coordinating heavily with the Executive Director, Rabbi, and Director of Action & Learning.

We are seeking a hard-working team player who is reliable, innovative, and a self-starter -- someone who possesses excellent interpersonal, communication, and creative problem-solving skills. The qualified candidate will have strong organizational and computer skills and be an experienced project manager.

The B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator will work closely with families and Kolot staff and volunteers and will be sensitive to meeting the nuanced needs of each family while keeping in mind the needs of the wider congregation. Responsibilities of this coordinator include:

Liaison between parents and Kolot staff:

  • Lead the process of assigning b’nai mitzvah dates to Kolot families
  • Coordinate and present with clergy at multiple parents’ meetings
  • Manage parent volunteer corps
  • Manage B’nai Mitzvah student attendance systems at services/classes and communicate with families falling behind
  • Be main point of contact for families in pipeline about process and systems
  • Communicate any family issues to clergy


    • Organize b’nai mitzvah event information on the students and families
    • Manage the editing and distribution of a comprehensive guide for families covering B’nai Mitzvahs
    • Responsible for food orders with vendors and expanding/improving our Kiddush meal process
    • Help prepare and distribute printed and e-materials for B’nai Mitzvah
    • Assist in organizing regular b’nai mitzvah tutor trainings

    Facility Point-Person (requires Saturdays):

    • Day-of, onsite, coordination when there is a b’nai mitzvah to assist families, and manage the b’nai mitzvah volunteer teams
    • Work with facility custodians to make event set-up and breakdown run smoothly
    • Serve as Point of Contact for parents, caterers, and deliveries; both prior to event and day-of


    • Project management, customer service, and administrative or comparable work experience
    • Strong working knowledge of synagogue life and Jewish prayer services and life cycle
    • Deep understanding of what b’nai mitzvah means in a family’s (and extended family’s) life
    • Basic Hebrew reading/writing skills
    • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
    • Ability to work with a diverse array of people
    • Availability on the majority of Saturdays throughout the year

    Flexible work environment; other than Saturdays on-site, work can be mostly be done from home or other locations. Collegial staff and community.

    COMPENSATION:  $18,000 / year.  No benefits.  The position is available until it is filled.

    TO APPLY:  Please e-mail your resume and two professional references to Executive Director Scott Nogi at jobs@kolotchayeinu.org, with “B’NAI MITZVAH COORDINATOR” in the subject line.

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