Israel Programs Manager (Posted May 2019)

Israel Programs Manager (Israel, Posted May 2019)

Are you passionate about human rights in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories? Do you love both big-picture thinking and the minute details of program implementation? Are you motivated to support the work of organizing, training, and amplifying the voices of rabbis and cantors to address pressing human rights issues?

T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights is seeking a part-time Israel Program Manager, based in Israel, who will help plan and carry out our programs for rabbinical and cantorial students in Israel, as well as for visiting North American rabbis and cantors.

Who We Are

Our mission is to bring together rabbis and cantors from all streams of Judaism, together with all members of the Jewish community, to act on the Jewish imperative to respect and advance the human rights of all people. Grounded in Torah and our Jewish historical experience and guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we call upon Jews to assert Jewish values by raising our voices and taking concrete steps to protect and expand human rights in North America, Israel, and the occupied Palestinian territories.

T’ruah runs two interrelated programs in Israel::

  • The T’ruah “Year in Israel Program,” a public program open to all rabbinical and cantorial students, that offers monthly tiyyulim (on Fridays) and evening programs that teach students about human rights issues and the activists who are working on them.
  • The T’ruah Israel Fellowship program for six students, who assist in running the public program and also participate in one additional evening or Friday program per month.

T’ruah also runs programs during the summer for rabbis and cantors who are visiting Israel.

What You’ll Do

The Israel Program Manager is a 15 hour/week position that reports to T’ruah’s Director of Rabbinic Training and works very closely with the Rabbinic Educator in Israel. This person is in charge of creating and maintaining the systems of logistics and relationships with activist partners that make our programs in Israel successful. The Israel Program Manager is also an equal partner, with the Rabbinic Educator and Director of Rabbinic Training, in creating the curriculum for the Year-in-Israel program, and plays an important student-facing role as informal educator. The most successful candidates will bring their personal identities to this work and share their unique perspectives with colleagues and students. Starting salary is $15,000.

You’ll have these major responsibilities:


  • Keep calendars and ensure T’ruah programs do not conflict with other institutions that are programming for rabbinical students.
  • Create schedules for tiyyulim.
  • Arrange buses, food, room rentals, honoraria for speakers, registration forms, materials, and all other logistical matters for each tiyyul.
  • Maintain records of program participants, including emergency contact information.
  • Communicate with participants in advance of programs; collect feedback at the end of the program and tabulate.
  • Participate in all programs: trouble-shoot and problem-solve any issues that arise, with a particular eye towards safety; get to know students and serve as informal educator.

Relationships with activist partners

    • Maintain existing relationships with partners such as (but not limited to) Breaking the Silence, Regional Council of Unrecognized Bedouin Villages, Negev Coexistence Forum, Combatants for Peace, Military Court Watch, Gisha: The Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, the Yad B’Yad Bilingual School and others.
  • Develop new relationships with Israeli, Palestinian, and other organizations so the program can respond to developments on the ground and can continue to grow and improve.

Serve as “eyes and ears on the ground”

  • Keep the T’ruah staff advised on social and political developments in Israel, particularly among activist circles and in the Hebrew-language press.

Who You Are

You are prepared to take full ownership of T’ruah’s Israel programs, bold in making recommendations for improvements, and self-directed in implementing them. You are a team player eager to collaborate closely. Specifically, you will be most or all of the following:

  • Fluent in Hebrew and English. Arabic would be a nice plus but not essential.
  • Comfortable being supervised remotely via video call.
  • Extremely organized, with a commitment to excellence and orientation to planning in advance.
  • Able to work flexible hours, including evenings and Fridays on a regular basis.
  • Able to be in Jerusalem for all programs.
  • Aligned with T’ruah’s mission and knowledgeable about human rights issues in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

A (Small) Sample of Projects You’ll Support Through Your Work

  • Tiyyulim to the Ofer military court, Hebron, unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev, African asylum seeker communities in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.
  • Spring Shabbaton (weekend retreat) for high-participation students.
  • Evening programs on Mizrachi rights, Gaza, the BDS movement.
  • Planting trees with Palestinians, Bedouin, and or Israeli Jewish activists.
  • Supporting Israel Fellows in putting on a storytelling evening, in the style of “The Moth.”
  • Three-day seminar for rabbis and cantors from North America, focused on a deep dive into understanding the occupation. (Summer 2020)

To learn more about our work, visit or find us @truahrabbis on Twitter and Facebook.

What Else You Should Know

T’ruah is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable law. Women, transgender people, veterans, Palestinian citizens of Israel, Mizrachim, and people of color are encouraged to apply.

This position is based in Israel and is 15 hours per week. Week-by-week, hours will vary; the week of a tiyyul will be heavier, with off weeks making up for that.

The starting salary for this role is $15,000. We also offer competitive benefits, like generous time off and an additional 5% employer contribution to your retirement fund with no match required for eligible employees.

The ideal candidate will be available to start August 1, 2019.

How to Apply

Send a cover letter and resume to Please write “Israel Program Manager” in the subject line. The cover letter will be used as a writing sample. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. In the cover letter, please indicate where you heard about the position. No phone calls, please.