Israel Teaching Fellows
Be a mentor. Travel Israel. And work at Jewish Camp!
In the NEW MITF Jewish Camp Track you’ll have the opportunity to spend two fabulous summers working at camp, and spend the year in between having an incredible and impactful experience in Israel.
Summer 2020 @ Camp + 10 Months in Israel + Summer 2021 @ Camp!
The Masa Israel Teaching Fellows (MITF) is a paid fellowship for Jewish college graduates, between the ages of 21 and 35, who want to mentor Israeli children, gain valuable teaching experience, and have a remarkable, immersive experience abroad. Fellows in the Jewish Camp Track will have access to even more benefits; access to a series of professional development programs focusing on camp management, Israel education at camp, and other unique topics; and a flexible program schedule that allows Fellows to work at their camp prior to and following the fellowship!
No Hebrew language or prior teaching experience is required! Flights, housing, and monthly stipend included.
Space in this unique program is limited! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through January 31, 2020.
Questions? Contact Liora Bernstein, at Foundation for Jewish Camp.
Israel Teaching Fellows: Jewish Camp Track Info Session
What is the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows (MITF)?
Masa Israel Teaching Fellows is a 10-month fellowship for college graduates who want to live, teach, and volunteer in Israel. Teaching Fellows live and work in the same city, giving them the opportunity to become fully immersed in that community.
Fellows will teach in public schools, providing more individualized attention to smaller groups of children to supplement their regular English class. Fellows also choose a secondary community project such as coaching sports or directing an after-school drama program.
Masa Israel Teaching Fellows will have the chance to participate in free, professionally guided trips around Israel that will expose them to Israeli society and the country’s Jewish history. Occasional evening programs, such as speakers, presenters, or organized social nights, will be scheduled. Outside of their daily work and scheduled programming, Fellows can use their free time to explore Israel!
For more information about MITF click here.
What is the MITF Jewish Camp Track?
The MITF Jewish Camp Track is a one year fellowship for recent college graduates seeking to stay connected to Jewish camp, explore career opportunities in the field of Jewish camp, and to spend a year making a difference in Israel.
Fellows spend their summer before and after their year in Israel working in a leadership role at their home summer camp. Fellows spend the academic year (late August to early June) participating in the MITF program in Israel; mentoring children, gaining valuable (PAID!) teaching experience, and having a remarkable, immersive experience abroad. Fellows in the Jewish Camp Track will get together periodically throughout the year for additional professional development opportunities and mentorship from Jewish camp professionals, leading Jewish educators, and others thinking critically about the field of Jewish camp in North American and around the world.
Fellows participating in the MITF Jewish Camp Track will have the opportunity to choose among MITF placements in Jerusalem, Haifa, Rishon Lezion or Bat Yam, and will get together with other MITF Jewish Camp Track Fellows throughout the year.
- Flight Reimbursement (up to $1000)
- Monthly Stipend (~$490-$1,900 USD)
- Tours Around Israel
- Health Insurance
- Hebrew Language Instruction
- Leadership & Teaching Training
- Camp-Related Professional Development Programming
- Coordinated Mentorship Teaching Israeli Children English in a Local School
- Custom Volunteer Placements Based on your Skills & Interests
- Opportunity to Experience Israeli Culture & Be Immersed in Local Life
Who can participate?
Ideal applicants are graduating college seniors or recent graduates who have experience with and a passion for Jewish camp. No Hebrew language or prior teaching experience is required!
Be sure to check out the MITF website to confirm you meet their criteria for program participation.
Applicants should be ready to spend their summer at their Jewish day or overnight camp for both summer 2020 AND 2021. Since this is a long term commitment between the Fellow, Foundation for Jewish Camp, MITF and your home camp, be sure to speak with your camp director first to ensure that the Fellowship is a good fit for your organization.
What does the MITF Jewish Camp Track Cost? Will I be paid to teach?
First time Masa program participants pay only $1,000 for the full 10-month experience in Israel!
If you previously participated in a long term Israel program (4 or more months) after high school, you are still eligible for MITF, but it may impact the status of your grant funding (and increase the cost of the program). An MITF program advisor can share more details about this during the application process, as needed.
Fees include housing accommodations, Hebrew Ulpan classes, teaching orientation, health insurance, trips around Israel and other activities. You will also be reimbursed up to $1000 towards the cost of your flight to Israel upon completion of the program.
MITF Fellows who enter the program with a teaching certificate earn a monthly compensation of 4,000 NIS (about $1,090 USD). English teaching assistants (non-certified teachers), will earn a monthly stipend of 1,750 NIS (about $490 USD).
Where will I live?
Fellows live in fully furnished apartments with other MITF Fellows. Fellows participating in the MITF Jewish Camp Track will have the opportunity to choose among MITF placements in Jerusalem, Haifa, Rishon Lezion or Bat Yam, and will get together with other MITF Jewish Camp Track Fellows throughout the year.
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How do I apply?
Step 1: Talk with your camp director! Since this is a long term commitment between the Fellow, Foundation for Jewish Camp, MITF and your home camp, be sure to speak with your camp director first to ensure that the Fellowship is a good fit for your organization.
Step 2: Pre-Application to Foundation for Jewish Camp – Prospective Fellows complete an online pre-application and camp directors complete an online reference form and sign a Participation Agreement. At this stage, you’ll let us know where you work at camp, and rank your preferences for which city you’d like to be based in while in Israel (it’s ok if you’re not sure!).
Step 3: MITF Full Application Process – Once you’re approved by FJC, your information will be sent to MITF, and you will be contacted by a recruitment representative who will take you through the formal application process which will include an interview, some written essays, a variety of forms and a background check.
Which Jewish organizations are involved in the MITF Jewish Camp Track?
The MITF Jewish Camp Track is a partnership between lots of Jewish organizations! Here’s the breakdown:
- MITF (Masa Israel Teaching Fellows) – the umbrella organization of all teaching fellows sites in Israel. Masa Israel Teaching Fellows operates in several cities across Israel through several trusted program providers who run the fellowship on the ground. Each provider operates one to three of the fellowship city cohorts, and each offers a slightly different experience – different cities, types of housing, start dates and extra activities.
- Foundation for Jewish Camp – Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) is the central address and advocacy group for Jewish camp, with a mission to create transformative summer experiences for young people — ensuring a strong Jewish future. FJC advocates for over 300 day and overnight camps that provide nearly 180,000 campers and counselors each summer with a meaningful, personal, and lifelong connection to Judaism.FJC will coordinate the educational and leadership add-on components for the MITF Jewish Camp Track for Fellows living across the four cities.
- Israel Experience – our partners who will coordinate the experience for MITF Fellows living in Haifa, Rishon Lezion and Bat Yam. Israel Experience is the leading company for educational group travel to Israel, now bringing over 30,000 people from around the world to Israel per year. As a subsidiary of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Israel Experience provides teens, university students, and adults from all over the globe with tailor-made and packaged programs, offering the highest standards of service, safety, and security.
- Ramah – our partners who will coordinate the experience for MITF Fellows living in Jerusalem. As the Israeli branch of Conservative Judaism’s Ramah camping movement, Ramah Israel connects Jews to Israel and Jewish communities around the world through quality travel experiences. Ramah Israel runs a variety of programs for individuals and groups of all ages. The Jewish practices and educational content of Ramah Israel programs is consistent with those of Ramah camps in North America.