We’re On a Mission: Now Hiring TM14 Staff

October 1, 2013 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Thank you for your interest in staffing the Sue and Alan J. Kaufman Family 2014 Teen Mission! The Teen Mission is a unique program, dedicated to providing a fun, educational and safe Israel experience for the teenagers in our community. Each bus will have a Rabbi, 3 American madrichim, 1 Israeli madrich, a Tour Guide/Educator and a medic/security guard with a maximum of 40 teens (both American and Israeli). As a leader of the Teen Mission, you will share the responsibility for the health and welfare of the participants in the program. The Teen Mission will require participation in religious, educational, social and outdoor activities. While most days are prearranged with activities there is time spent on the bus that will require programming. You can expect to be asked to plan and implement evening and other educational programs throughout the summer.

As part of the staff, you will work as a team with shared leadership. You will work with high school-aged participants and will need to set limits, address inappropriate behaviors, be a friend, teacher, and role model, facilitate conflict resolution and make decisions based on the health and safety of everyone on the Teen Mission. Staff will be chosen for their maturity and previous experiences.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Participate in pre-trip preparation with teen participants and rabbis
  • Participate in mandatory staff training sessions in the spring
  • Model and enforce the Code of Conduct
  • Chaperone participants on a daily basis
  • Conduct continuous head counts
  • Collect passports, money, credit cards and room keys
  • Perform wake up calls, bed checks and curfew enforcement
  • Remind participants to maintain a healthy supply of water, take restroom breaks and monitor phone time
  • Coordinate laundry service
  • Other responsibilities as determined necessary


  • 21 years old by start date of trip (college graduates preferred)
  • Available for group interview during Thanksgiving weekend
  • Strong Jewish background
  • Previous Israel experience
  • Commitment to Jewish education
  • Experience working with teens
  • Involvement in the Jewish community
  • Sense of humor

» Click here to download the TM14 Staff Application

Applications should be submitted to Danielle Longo at longo@jfmd.org or mailed to Danielle Longo, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, 6735 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301. If you have any questions, feel free to eMail her or call her at (248) 203-1467. We look forward to reviewing your application.

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