Why You Should Work for NFTY in Israel

As a Jewish leader and educator, you know that Israel is an amazing place that offers unparalleled opportunities for adventure, reflection, and growth. For so many Reform Jews, the Israel experience is a chance to connect to our collective history and culture, wrestle with challenging questions and issues, and explore the unlimited potential to find their place in the Jewish future.

For you as a member of our staff, this is your chance to build on your own Israel experience, and shape the formative conversations our participants have around Israel, Judaism, and what it means to be an engaged and connected individual in the modern world.

The benefits of serving on the NFTY in Israel summer staff include:

  • Competitive salary
  • Attractive experience for your resume
  • Meaningful personal growth
  • Development of your leadership and educational skills
  • Opportunity to return to Israel and see it through a new perspective
  • Shaping the growth of Jewish teens as they become the next generation of leaders
  • Lifelong friendships with Americans and Israelis

Madrich(a) Job Description

NFTY in Israel, like any teen travel experience, is a demanding environment for both staff and participants. Our staff take on tremendous responsibility caring for teens far from home. These rigors lead to a staff experience that is rewarding like few other residential youth programs. Please review the complete job description to best understand the requirements of the Madrich(a) position.


  • 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
  • Other Staff Roles

    In addition to our Madrich(a) position, the summer staff team consists of a number of additional positions. These positions are only open to veteran NFTY in Israel staff, and the NFTY in Israel professional staff identify candidates and invite them to apply for these positions. Please do not contact us seeking to apply for positions other than Madrich(a).

    As either a first-time or veteran Madrich(a), you will work closely with the Mechanech(et) (Guide-Educator) and Rosh Kvutzah (Group Leader) in your summer program group.

    About the Application

    Please keep in mind the following as you complete the staff application:

    • By starting the application, you will create an account in our registration system. Make sure to use an email address you check regularly, and remember your password.
    • Our online application is several pages. On each page, you have the option to save your progress and complete the application later. You can access your saved application by following the link to the application below and following the prompts to log into your account.
    • We require the following pieces of information which you should have on hand:
      • The names, addresses, phone numbers, and email address of three references.
      • Name, address, phone number, and email address for at least one former employer.
      • The dates you are available for work over the summer.
    • You will be asked to complete five short essay questions.

    Next Steps

    We review completed applications on a rolling basis. Once we have received your completed application, we may be in touch with you to schedule an interview.

    You may wish to review the Current Applicants page for resources that may be helpful.

    Contact Us

    If you have questions about what the Madrich(a) position entails, please contact Erica Barish at EBarish@urj.org or (212) 650-4077.

    If you have questions about filling out the application, please contact Ilana Schear at ischear@urj.org or (212) 452-6517.