Madrich(a) Job Description


  • Previous experience traveling in Israel (ideally with an in-depth peer program)
  • At least two summers (or equivalent) of experience working with teens and/or children
  • Strong background and experience in camping and/or related fields
  • Desire and ability to work with teens and adults in a travel program setting
  • Skill and ability in working with teens, especially the ability to communicate with, relate to, and serve as an example
  • Ability to serve as an adult role model — surrogate parent — for all participants
  • Willingness and ability to take full responsibility for the lives of participants
  • Common sense, safety-consciousness, and high moral character required
  • Ability to accept guidance and support; willingness and ability to ask for help
  • Comfortable navigating potential cultural differences between Israelis and Americans
  • Ability to assist in educational activities
  • Must be 21 or older

Optional Qualifications:

  • Songleading experience
  • Service leading experience
  • Experience writing and executing informal educational programming

Essential Functions:

  • Ability to work long hours with minimal time off throughout the day
  • Ability to be flexible with quickly-changing tasks and priorities
  • Ability to be a team player with your co-staff
  • Ability to lift at least 25 lbs without assistance
  • Ability to hike long distances while carrying a moderately weighted backpack
  • Ability to maintain calm and composure in times of stress
  • Ability to provide clear, accurate, and consistent instructions both in front of large groups and with individuals
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information shared about or by participants


  • Directly responsible for all participants in one’s assigned bus group
    • Day-to-day involvement with participantsas individuals
    • Imparting of program rules and policies
    • Help every participantmake friends, become acclimated to life on the program, grow towards their potential, and become part of the community
  • Responsible for the health, safety, and security of ALL participantsat ALL times
  • Act as “early warning system” for participantswith problems, refer problems to other staff when appropriate, and communicate with senior Program staff about problems
  • Support participantsin developing skills needed for developing independence, such as: keeping track of belongings, managing medication appropriately, and exercising good hygiene and health practices
  • Participate regularly and enthusiastically in all Program activities, but also be willing to skip any activities as directed in order to care for participants
  • Take an active role in working with your staff team to develop and implement programming throughout the day that integrates Jewish education and Reform Jewish values
  • Attend staff meetings as required
  • Be familiar with all program emergency procedures
  • Whether as a leader, a role model, a mentor, or perhaps all three at once, play a role in all aspects of program life, actively seeking to bring Judaism to life
  • Supplemental responsibilities depending on your staff assignment, which may include:
    • Rosh Briut (Healthcare Lead)
      • Responsible for management of sick call and nurse visit
      • Responsible for carrying health forms and maintaining confidentiality
    • Rosh Kesher (Social Media Lead)
      • Responsible for actively capturing teen experience through a variety of media, including photos and video
      • Responsible for creating robust blogging strategy for group, including engaging teens to write meaningfully about their experience