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Student Director for BRIJ (Building Relationships: Islam & Judaism)

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 to Saturday, May 4th, 2019


SupervisorAndrea Katzman
FacultyAndrea Katzman
Hiring ManagerAndrea Katzman

About Us

BRIJ is a program that brings together Muslim and Jewish fifth graders from the Islamic School of Rhode Island (ISRI) and the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island (JCDSRI) for text-study and service work. We meet weekly at the elementary schools for an exploration of shared values and teachings from Islam and Judaism that call on us to care for our community. Our lessons are interdisciplinary - incorporating literacy and art. Text-study serves as the foundation for direct action as we work together to fundraise for local organizations and volunteer in Providence.

Mission Statement: Our mission is to build relationships between the Muslim and Jewish communities with the Providence area. We strive to deepen our understanding of Islam and Judaism through text-study and action projects as we work together for social change, using our interactive curriculum to engage with local Muslim and Jewish students.


At its core, BRIJ is about the relationships formed between our students. We connect the Jewish and Muslim communities in Providence across generations: the fifth graders, their families and teachers, and the college student leaders. Through local action, we become a voice in the global dialogue and movement towards peace and greater interfaith understanding.

BRIJ Student Director Responsibilities:

The BRIJ Program Directors are responsible for overseeing the planning and delivery of the BRIJ curriculum as well as the  development of long-term relationships with community partners. Program Directors will work with Program Coordinators to develop BRIJ curriculum materials, communicate and update local community partners at the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island and the Islamic School of Rhode Island, and work with Brown affiliates to ensure success of the program. In addition, BRIJ Program Directors will also be involved with logistics and budget management, grant reporting, and strategic planning for the organization


This position will require 6 to 10 hours a week. Students must be available on Thursdays from 12 - 3pm in the Spring to attend the weekly BRIJ class sessions. In addition, program directors will be required to set aside two hours every week for long term planning and logistics. An ideal candidate has experience with grant reporting, budget management, organizational development and a commitment to fostering greater understanding.

Weekly Schedule:

Thursday 12:00 - meet at JWW for ride over to school (Jewish Community Day School of RI or Islamic School of RI)

12:30 - 2:30 - lead BRIJ workshop

2:30 - 3:00 - wrap up and ride back to campus

Friday 3:00 - 4:30 - Debrief thursday workshop and prep for next week

Sunday: 12:00 - 2:00  - Director Meeting

Hourly Wage: $13.80

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Location: One Prospect Street, Providence, RI RI 02912