Staff + Supervision

YALLAH! Israel has operated outstanding summer and semester programs in Israel for over 60 years.

Throughout, Yallah! Israel has earned a well-deserved reputation for aspiring to provide the highest standard of health, safety and security in all its youth travel programs. Over six decades, we have always placed the welfare of young people entrusted to our care above all other considerations and are highly responsive to ever-changing needs and conditions.

*Please note, the physical and emotional health of the teens is our top priority. As such, we are already working with the Israel Ministry of Health and the URJ Summer Programs COVID-19 medical team to determine the policies and procedures we will be putting in place for our upcoming season. We will be updating you about our COVID-19 related policies and procedures as more information becomes available and as the summer gets closer.

Staff Supervision

Yallah! 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. Yallah! Israel guide-educators know how to bring alive the history of Israel and how to effectively communicate with North American teens. Many Yallah! Israel guide-educators are themselves products of the Reform Movement.
Many Yallah! 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, Yallah! 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. Yallah! 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 Yallah! 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 – Yallah! Israel is supervised by senior URJ Youth professional staff in Israel and North America.

This summer we look forward to welcoming hundreds of teens to Israel on our programs and to providing them with a wonderful summer adventure full of fun, friendship and personal discovery.


This summer in Jerusalem!


Incentive grants of up to $3250 available!