Many 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. Our group leaders are mature adults who truly understand the depth of responsibility for the well-being of younger people entrusted into their care. Group leaders participate in an intense training program covering every aspect of their responsibility for young people.

URJ Israel programs strive for the highest standard of staff supervision. Our group leaders and tour guide educators are generally older and have more Jewish and life experience than in most other programs. Our staff to participant ratio is 1:10, and there are a minimum of four staff members assigned to be with the group. Additionally, our participants will be accompanied at all times by an Israeli security guard, as prescribed by the Jewish Agency’s security office.

Each staff team is comprised of both men and women, and both North Americans and Israelis. All staff members participate in a thorough staff training orientation covering issues of education, health, safety, security, community building and adolescent issues. Our Tour Guide/Educators are required to participate in a training course designed exclusively by and for Union for Reform Judaism teen program staff.

Our group will be led by Rachel Landman, Assistant Director of URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech. Rachel has been a counselor and senior staff member at URJ Crane Lake Camp and an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant at the URJ’s Religious Action Center in Washington, DC. The group will also be supervised by the Senior Directors of NFTY in Israel. 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.