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. 

When you join NFTY in Israel’s summer staff, you will have an incredible opportunity to shape the Israel experience for our participants: 

  • You will lead formative conversations around Israel, Judaism, and what it means to be an engaged and connected individual in the modern world
  • You will guide and inspire the next generation of leaders
  • You will foster connections with your teens and make an impact that they will remember forever
  • You will make memories and friendships that will last a lifetime
  • You will grow personally and professionally  
  • You will get PAID to go to Israel and travel around the entire country



NFTY in Israel gives you a summer experience that can't be matched: you’ll have a summer full of fun while gaining marketable skills that will advance your career and education. 

Many of our summer staff members have found that the NFTY in Israel staffing experience helped them learn and acquire skills that have since helped them stand out as a candidate in the job market. This unique experience can give you the upper edge against candidates who simply opt for a “real world” summer job or internship. Some of the many skills that our summer staff members have added to their resumes after working with NFTY in Israel focus on: 

  • Fostering leadership skills and empowerment: you will have more responsibility than most of your friends will outside of this program 
  • Turning ideas into actionyou will write and run programs that express your skills and talents 
  • Development of self and othersyou will enrich your life through becoming a role model to teens 
  • Cross-cultural and cross-functional collaborationyou will become a professional collaborator through constant teamwork with your peers and through guidance from supervisors 
  • And many more invaluable transferrable skills such asCommunication, Listening, Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Adaptability, Time Management, Conflict Resolution, Leadership, Creativity, Strategic Planning, Teamwork, and Emotional Intelligence 

Madrich(a) Job Description

Working for NFTY in Israel is a great opportunity to have a lasting impact on the lives of our teens while developing important lifelong skills and experiencing the summer of your life! 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 in camping, youth work, and/or related fields 
  • Desire to work with, communicate with, relate to, and serve as an example for teens and adults in a travel program setting 
  • Ability to serve as an adult role model — surrogate parent — for all participants 
  • Commitment to and willingness to take full responsibility for the lives of participants 
  • Common sense, safety-consciousness, and high moral character required 
  • Open to accepting guidance and support; willingness to ask for help 
  • Comfortable navigating potential cultural differences between Israelis and Americans 
  • Passionate about collaborating with others to plan and execute educational activities 
  • Must be 21 or older 

Applicants who stand out may have experience with songleading, leading religious worship, social media, and informal educational programming. If this is you, please make sure to let us know when you apply! 


  • Oversee all participants in one’s assigned groupwhich includes engaging participants, ensuring the health, safety, and security at ALL timesenforcing rules and policies, and fostering a welcoming culture of friendship, growth, and community 
  • Help participants build 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 
  • Work together with your staff team to develop and implement programming that integrates Jewish education and Reform Jewish values 
  • Serve as a full member of the larger staff team, attending staff meetings and taking on additional roles as needed 
  • Act as “early warning system” for participants with challenges, referring to appropriate staff and communicating with the unit supervisor when necessary 
  • Fulfill supplemental responsibilities depending on your staff assignment, which may include:

    Rosh Briut (Healthcare Lead) - Responsible for confidentially managing and tracking all healthcare concerns daily

    Rosh Kesher (Social Media Lead) - Responsible for actively capturing photosvideos, and participant reflections for your group’s summer blog to support NFTY in Israel’s social media strategy 

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

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 a few 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 Matt Wolf at nftyisrael@urj.org or (212) 452-6517.