Staff Supervision

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


Many NFTY in Israel bus 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 in Israel 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 in Israel bus leaders participate in an intense training program covering every aspect of their responsibility for young people.

Summer Staff Overview

Staff-to-participant ratio is approximately 1:10. There are always at least 3 staff members with each bus.

  1. Tour Educator (Age 25+)
  2. Group Leader (Age 25+)
  3. One or more Counselors (Age 21+)

All staff members participate in a thorough staff training orientation covering issues of education, health, safety, security, community building and adolescent issues. Our Tour Educators are required to participate in a 6-month training course in Israel designed exclusively by NFTY in Israel for our staff.

Senior Unit Supervisor – Each group travels on their own bus in a Unit with up to 3 other groups. A senior supervisor (age 30+) travels with the Unit to supervise the educational program, staff and participants. The Senior Unit Supervisor is an accomplished Jewish educator and administrator.

Medical Coordinator – An individual with appropriate medical training travels with each unit of buses to manage care for each participant.

Senior Leadership – NFTY in Israel is supervised by senior URJ Youth professional staff in Israel and North America.