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Jewish Cultural Adviser- Norwood

  • Location: London / Berkshire
  • Sector: Community
  • Salary: Circa £28,000
An exciting vacancy has become available in Norwood, taking a key role in shaping the programme of events and opportunities for people we support to express and celebrate their Jewish identity.

Working closely with people we support, service colleagues and the Norwood Rabbi, the Jewish Cultural Advisor will provide the following important functions:
•    Training staff to understand Jewish culture and tradition
•    Creating links with the wider Jewish community
•    Supporting the celebration of Jewish festivals, and good practice across all Norwood services

The successful candidate will demonstrate an advanced understanding of Jewish culture and be supportive of the whole range of approaches and levels of observance that are expressed within the modern British Jewry.

Key to success will be working with and influencing a range of people and communities, and above all a commitment to supporting people with learning disabilities, families and children with special educational needs to access culturally appropriate services that celebrate their Jewish identity.


1.    Identify the Jewish cultural needs for people we support across all settings in Norwood 
2.    Actively support people who choose to live a Jewish way of life across the wide range of religious observance, customs and practice, enabling them to make informed choices.
3.    Improve access, inclusion and engagement with local Jewish communities.
4.    Co-ordinate religious celebrations, event planning around Shabbat and Jewish festivals in partnership with the Norwood Services.  Provide the Jewish way of life training and resources in partnership with colleagues, people we support and external agencies.
5.    Organise and participate in Birthright/Israel programmes
6.    Raise the profile of Norwood, the Jewish values and inclusive practice to the Jewish community and beyond developing relationships with communal organisations and other relevant stakeholders.
7.    Develop collaborative partnerships across the Services
8.    Produce evaluations, reviews and reports as required 
9.    Working in partnership with the Norwood Rabbi
1.    To maintain standard of dress that is appropriate to the role and in accordance with the organisation’s dress policy.
2.    To maintain confidentiality at all times and to ensure respect for, proper observance of and adherence to Norwood's confidentiality policy for all staff.
3.    To attend regular supervision sessions with line manager, regular team meetings and undertake relevant training as and when required.
4.    To take all reasonable care of the health and safety of everyone who may be affected by acts or omissions in regards to any duty or requirement imposed upon the organisation by or under any of the relevant statutory provisions, to co-operate with the organisation as far as it necessary to enable that duty or requirement to be performed or complied with.  
5.    To report to the Health and Safety Manager either serious risks or your concerns over safety issues.
6.    To work collaboratively with volunteers to ensure that their contribution enhances quality of service provision and support across the organisation.
7.    To work at other Norwood locations. 
8.    To undertake any other duties which are consistent with the post

This job description is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities and is subject to change in accordance with the needs of the service.

Job Title:  Jewish Cultural Advisor

  • Training and mentoring individuals and staff teams
  • Experience of working in the Jewish Community preferably across different groups
  • Facilitation of person centred approaches
  • Experience of working with people who have learning disabilities
  • Project management
  • Good literacy and numeracy skills
  • Higher Education
  • Understanding of the Jewish community
  • Knowledge of Kashrut
  • Understanding of learning disabilities
  • Commitment to an inclusive approach to service planning and delivery
  • Car driver / owner
  • Understanding and ability to support people with a range of communication and behavioural needs
  • Resilience
  • Willingness to learn
  • Assertive and able to network positively
  • Ability to work autonomously and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Ability to work independently and creatively using own initiative
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of people (i.e. colleagues, families, other professionals, etc)
  • An open, positive value base which is able to empower the people we support and staff