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What is the L'Taken Seminar?
The Bernard and Audre Rapoport L'Taken Social Justice Seminar is a four-day conference in Washington, D.C., during which participants engage in learning about Jewish social justice values, the legislative process, and the pressing public policy issues of the day. The L’Taken Seminar culminates with a Capitol Hill lobby day.
The RAC runs six L’Taken Seminars each year, between January and March, bringing together over 200 congregations and 2000 high school students.
Staff Assistant Roles and Responsibilities:
Staff assistants support the work of both the RAC staff and congregational chaperones by assisting with the preparation and execution of programs, on-site transitions, helping to supervise the students, staffing the off-site field trip, and lending an extra hand when needed. This is an ideal position for someone interested in learning more about program preparation and execution.
Staff assistants are expected to work from Friday afternoon (4:30 p.m.) until Sunday afternoon (around 1:15 p.m.). All meals and hotel accommodations are provided during this timeframe.
Qualified Staff Assistants:
Rabbi Marcus Burstein L’Taken Staff Assistant Fellowship (all returning staff assistants)
All returning Staff Assistants will participate in the The Rabbi Marcus Burstein L’Taken Staff Assistant Fellowship. This fellowship honors friend and colleague of the RAC and the Reform Movement, Rabbi Marcus Burstein. Rabbi Burstein passed away in 2016 and we seek to carry on his legacy and commitment to Torah, social justice and developing a new generation of Jewish leaders through the Rabbi Marcus Burstein L’Taken Fellowship.
This Fellowship is intended for returning Staff Assistants who have demonstrated excellent leadership and a commitment to social justice through their L’Taken work. The goals of the Burstein Fellowship are to strengthen the L’Taken experience for teens, to learn and grow as professionals, and to invest in future Reform Movement social justice leaders.
The following are the expectations of Burstein Fellows:
First-Time Staff Assistants
We welcome and encourage new Staff Assistants to apply to the program. First-time Staff Assistants will be required to complete an application and interview process. Those who are accepted will be offered one weekend to staff, with the possibility of a second, as needed.
The following are the expectations of First-Time Staff Assistants:
Please note we have a very limited number of positions available. Positions are offered based on numerous criteria including availability, interviews, references and a written application.
How much does a L’Taken staff assistant earn?
A L’Taken Staff Assistant's stipend varies by age and number of previous years worked as a Staff Assistant. The amounts listed below reflect the total that can be earned, working from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon:
The RAC staff also needs help with various office tasks during the week leading up to and the week following a L’Taken Seminar. If you are available to work at the RAC office for four (4) hours during the week before or after a L’Taken Seminar, you will receive $50. Working this shift is not contingent on working the weekend of that seminar.
I have more questions about being a L'Taken Staff Assistant. Who can I contact?
Contact Shira Zemel, Director of Youth Leadership Development
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