Health and Safety

For over 50 years, NFTY has been sponsoring outstanding summer and semester programs in Israel. During that time, NFTY has earned a well-deserved reputation for aspiring to provide the highest standard of health, safety and security in all its youth travel programs. Much has been learned in the past few years regarding how to operate a program that always places the welfare of young people entrusted to our care above all other considerations.

The NFTY in Israel directors in the United States and Israel are available by telephone 24 hours a day during the program to respond to the needs of our participants and concerns of parents. Our office in New York is open 8 hours a day. Our offices in NY and Israel are in touch daily by phone and email. For more detailed information, please refer to our Safety and Security Protocols.

Participants and their parents sign the NFTY in Israel Brit Kehillah - Code of Conduct, expressing clear expectations for appropriate behavior. NFTY prides itself on the sensitive and professional handling of medical, emotional or behavioral challenges. The NFTY directors in New York and Israel are in close contact with participants’ parents if need be.

Staff Supervision

NFTY trains its own tour guide educators - every group, in addition to its full complement of group leaders and counselors, has a specifically trained educator who serves as daytime touring guide and directs the wide range of evening experiences. NFTY guide-educators know how to bring alive the history of Israel and how to effectively communicate with North American teens. Many NFTY guide-educators are themselves products of NFTY and the Reform Movement.

Many NFTY group leaders are alumni of Reform synagogues, NFTY and our URJ camps. Every leader has years of experience working with teens, a love of Reform Judaism and extensive knowledge of Israel. Unlike many other programs, NFTY insists that senior group leaders are mature adults (25 and over) who truly understand the depth of responsibility for the well being of younger people entrusted into their care. NFTY group leaders participate in an intense training program covering every aspect of their responsibility for young people.

Paul Reichenbach has served for more than 30 years as Director of URJ Camping and Israel Programs. In this capacity, Paul works alongside a team of dedicated and talented professionals in North America and Israel. Learn more about our staff.