Job Opportunities – Lauderdale Road Youth Directors

Lauderdale Road Youth Directors’ Job Description



35 hours per week (to be split accordingly) and to include duties on Shabbatot and Hagim and a minimum of one weekly evening activity for youth.


Lauderdale Road Synagogue is the largest Sephardi congregation in the UK and the flagship of the S&P Sephardi community.  We cater to a very varied membership and your job will be to get more of our youth involved.

This is a shared role (would suit a couple) which aims to enhance the informal Jewish education of the Youth and encourage a significant increase in their participation in Youth events.

Responsibilities will include organising youth activities on Shabbat and festivals, a mid-week Club, planning innovative programs and, most importantly, building relationships with the Youth of our Synagogue.

You should have proven experience in positions working with youth and demonstrate the ability to plan events from conception through to execution.  Working closely with the Rabbi and Rabbanit of the synagogue is an essential part of the role.

You must have plenty of initiative, good organisational, administrative and communication skills as well as demonstrating a passion for Judaism and the desire to help nurture that enthusiasm in others.

At S&P we believe that the community must be a warm, educational and enjoyable place where children feel welcome at all times.


With our dedicated team of rabbinic and lay leaders we want to ensure that our children and teenagers are encouraged, engaged and entertained. Events include weekly children’s services from toddlers to teenagers, special services on Hagim and extra-special social activities.


Reporting Line

The Youth Directors will report to Dayan Daniel and Tamar Kada.

Main responsibilities

The Youth Directors will:-

  1. Help build strong relationships with the teenagers and children of the community and their families.
  2. Direct and operate a youth programme for Lauderdale Road Synagogue, that will contribute to creating a thriving centre of enjoyable events for our youth, both on Shabbat and during the week.
  3. The Youth Directors will provide a positive Jewish influence and encourage the Jewish development and involvement of our community’s youth in all synagogue activities. They will be pro-active in building relationships with both the youth and their wider families including through social media.
  4. The Youth Directors are expected to plan and implement programmes that will satisfy the needs of the youth in respect of their religious, cultural, and social requirements, with the aim of assisting their personal growth and development of a modem Jewish identity.
  5. Be responsible for organising the Shabbat and Festival youth activities including formal religious services as necessary together with the Rabbi and Rabbanit.
  6. Improve the quality of children’s and youth services on Shabbat, High Holy Days and Hagim.
  7. Communicate regularly and effectively with both the youth and their parents to encourage participating in events and activities.
  8. Arrange ‘Take Over Shabbatot’ and regular youth Kiddushim.
  9. To plan and implement pre and post Bar/Bat Mitzvah education programmes, in conjunction with the Sunday Heder.
  10. Produce an annual plan of key activities and organise and promote those activities, including key points in the Jewish and wider communal calendar.
  11. Mentor and train madrichim to support activities and coordinate youth services and programmes across four age ranges.
  12. Achieve a balance between a fun and creative environment, and preservation of discipline.
  13. Work with Rabbi and Rabbanit and other relevant committees to contribute to programming for key communal occasions such as Purim and Simhat Torah.
  14. To host children and their families regularly on Shabbat.
  15. Be involved in the execution of events for Young Professionals.
  16. Contribute to and support the ethos of the S&P.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  1. Experience in youth work, including developing and implementing youth programmes and training madrachim.
  1. Substantial knowledge of Jewish customs and practices. Knowledge of Spanish and Portuguese Minhag is desirable.
  2. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  3. Ability to motivate youth.
  4. Ability to use social media effectively
  5. Excellent interpersonal skills.
  6. Ability to be creative and think out of the box regarding events.
  7. Be fully committed to the philosophy and practice of Orthodox Judaism and Sephardi values.
  8. Energetic and proactive attitude.
  9. Proactive team member.

Desirable Qualities

  • Secular university education to a degree level;
  • Year in Yeshiva / Seminary;
  • Experience in Jewish outreach work;
  • Experience of working with lay and spiritual leaders
  • Hold a current and valid driving licence;


  • This post requires a valid and current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate (formerly CRB) that is satisfactory to the S&P Sephardi Community.  Please ensure that you complete the attached Application Form appropriately.