Derech Teaching Assistants

Derech (Path) Teaching Assistant (TA) Program

Learn it, Do it, Teach it. Derech TAs help guide younger children and themselves on a journey of lifelong Jewish learning and positive Jewish identity forever.

Developing a passion for Jewish lifelong learning
Educating Derech teaching assistants how to teach Grades K-7
Role modeling for CBJ children
Educating Derech teaching assistants about Jewish Ethics
Curriculum designed by Sooze in Sichot [discussion] style
Happiness for everyone at CBJ

About The Program:

Our Derech program gives post-B’nai Mitzvah teens (8th-12th graders) mentoring and training to develop into teachers. Derech TAs sign a contract, because this is a paid position. In addition to assisting in a Religious School classroom, Derech TAs are expected to:

  • Participate in 4 professional development workshops over the course of the year.
  • Participate in Shabbat services, preferably by reading Torah, 3 times per year.
  • Participate in social action projects.
  • Teach a lesson to their RS class at least twice per year. The classroom teacher determines the subject matter and general parameters. Sooze oversees the lesson planning and teaching components, and observes and evaluate the lesson. Sooze will teach you how to teach and will provide formal evaluations during and at the end of the year.

A select group of teens serve as Vav Teachers, under the guidance of Rabbi Ilana. Vav Teachers each serve as the lead teacher for a group of four to five 6th grade students, from 4:30-5:30pm one day a week.

About The Creator/Director:

Sooze Protter, BA in Education with Clear Teaching Credential, BA in Sociology of Education, MA in Counseling, has had a personal mission for the past 40 years in the Bay Area Jewish Community: teaching, and creating and directing new programs for teens grades 8-12, as well as counseling teens and their parents in need of guidance. Sooze’s supervisor and mentor will be Rabbi Ilana Goldhaber-Gordon, PhD, Director Religious School, Congregation Beth Jacob