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Asiyah Program Associate

Asiyah, a start-up Jewish spiritual community in Somerville/Cambridge, is looking for a dynamic individual to assist our co-founders as a Program Associate for an average of 15hrs/week @ $20/hr. Our growing, multigenerational community meets regularly for Shabbat services, Jewish meditation practice, and a Rosh Chodesh circle, along with holiday celebrations and learning opportunities. 

The program associate will be responsible for the following:

  • Spearhead all program marketing, including:

    • Creating, posting, and promoting event listings on digital media platforms 

    • Executing non-digital aspects of marketing strategy

    • Collaborating with co-founders in growing Asiyah’s overall marketing and communications

  • Lead program and event management, including:

    • Coordinating space rental/bookings for events

    • Overseeing volunteer recruitment and coordination

    • Serving as in-person set-up coordinator for twice-monthly Kabbalat Shabbat and monthly Shabbat morning services 

    • Serving as event manager for High Holidays and other ticketed events

    • Ordering, organizing, and maintaining supply stocks

    • Establishing systems for managing the flow of programming, from the event listing to the execution of the event

A successful applicant will possess these qualities:

  • Reliable and self-motivated, with strong common sense and problem-solving skills.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong organizational skills

  • A people person

  • High digital fluency (social media, G-suite)

  • Prior experience with web CMS and email marketing platforms, or a strong motivation to learn

  • Basic design/layout skills a plus, but not necessary

  • Ability to transport oneself to Somerville for weekly meetings and three monthly services

  • Interest in the intersection of Judaism and spirituality and a familiarity with Jewish culture and practice preferred

  • Women, POC, LGBTQ+, S/I/M applicants highly encouraged 

Weekday hours and location have some flexibility; availability for Shabbat services in Somerville as described above is essential. Possibility for growth in this position for the right candidate. Applications will be accepted until we find our ideal candidate. To apply, please send cover letter/email, resume, and two references to Rabbi David Curiel at jobs@asiyah.org. Thank you.

Community d'var by Danielle Smith

Community d'var by Danielle Smith

Each year on Pesach, we say, “In every generation, every person is obligated to see themselves as if they (themselves) had come out of Egypt. בְּכָל־דּוֹר וָדוֹר חַיָּב אָדָם לִרְאוֹת אֶת־עַצְמוֹ כְּאִלּוּ הוּא יָצָא מִמִּצְרַיִם--b'chol dor vador, chayav adam lirot et atzmo k'ilu hu yatza mimitzrayim.” We know, “Egypt” in this case, is a stand in for slavery, or a place and time in which we were not truly free. We are not only supposed to “remember” our times of bondage, but see ourselves in it. Why is it so important for us to reflect on the times when we were not free, and what can we learn from these moments?

Community d'var Torah by Brianna Lavelle

Community d'var Torah by Brianna Lavelle

This week’s Torah portion, Bechukotai, is largely about consequences. When I first skimmed through it, I’ll admit I was mildly disappointed, because this parsha seemed so formulaic: if you follow God’s laws, God will grant you peace and prosperity. If you violate God’s laws, God will reign down on you a long and terrifying list of punishments. But I don’t believe in a God that sits up in the clouds, judging and punishing me for my transgressions. And because I don’t believe in that God, this parsha seemed near impossible to relate to. 

Winter Village Gathering Recap

On Feb. 10, the Asiyah community convened our second Village Gathering—an opportunity to come together and dive deep into thinking about community formation. This time around, our conversation centered on what it means to belong. Our goal was to further Asiyah connections/community-building and envision what belonging to Asiyah might be, especially in light of the Asiyah Cultivation Crew’s (ACC) active planning of a partnership structure for Asiyah.

Call to co-create

Call to co-create

On Jan. 16, the Asiyah Cultivation Crew, our valiant advisory committee, set aside half of their Sunday to take a deep dive into helping vision our community’s next steps. We started out with a State of Asiyah report, detailing all the programming currently under way and in the wings and with a look at our newly updated budget. However, the bulk of our time was spent on whittling all the possible goals we might have for Asiyah in 2019 (see brain cloud above) down to three.

Join in the dance


I had an enlivening conversation last weekend with the heilege/holy Yiscah Smith over dinner at Asiyah member Mikhael Reuven and Naomi Kling's wedding. We were talking about lights, as one does on the last night of Hanukkah, and she recalled an anecdote from one of her Chabad teachers. "If you bring a match close to a burning havdallah candle, the smaller fire from the the match will naturally lean toward the larger one of the candle.* So it is with human souls and the Divine." 

It reminded me of one of Reb Zalman's oft-repeated sayings, that just as plants are heliotropic, reaching for the sun, human beings are theo-tropic, reaching for the Divine. We yearn to be closer to the Source of Life or the Grandeur of Creation, or whatever moniker makes sense to us. 

Sometimes it feels right there, and sometimes it feels impossibly far away. This is called being human! It also points to the reason spiritual practices are called "practices"—because they're not about perfection or an end goal, but rather a commitment to be in the circle dance. Lucky for us, the entry level of Jewish spiritual practice is also communal, so that even if we're feeling far from God, we can at least feel closer to people.  

Being human is hard. Spiritual practice doesn't have to be. Just put it in your calendar and join in the dance.