Join the Maccabi Educator Fellowship (MEF) and be a part of the 21st Maccabiah July 2022 in Israel! These specially trained educators will deepen the educational experience of Maccabi USA athletes, most notably during the Maccabiah in Israel next summer. Held every four years in Israel, The Maccabiah combines elite athletic competition with a celebration of Jewish heritage and culture.

In preparation for the 21st Maccabiah, an initial cohort of 40 educators will be selected to participate as members of the Maccabi USA delegation and implement our innovative curriculum during Maccabi USA’s six-day signature cultural-educational program, Israel Connect (IC). These educators will be central to ensuring Israel Connect creates a holistic Maccabiah experience that blends the athletes’ two key identities—athletic and Jewish—and helps them to connect deeply with Israel, her people, and the global Jewish community. 

Educator Fellow responsibilities include:

  • Participation in all training seminars and successful completion of the Professional Certificate
  • Attendance at the Pre-Maccabiah seminar in Israel from July 4-6, 2022
  • Delivery and implementation of the Israel Connect curriculum with fidelity according to the best practices learned through the certification process; Israel Connect will be July 6-12, 2022
  • Concluding meeting and submission of program evaluation and final documentation on July 13, 2022
  • Representing the American Jewish community by marching in the Opening Ceremony of the 21st Maccabiah in Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem, on July 14, 2022
  • Selected Fellows in Residence will enhance the experience of the US Delegation during the two-week Maccabiah by providing opportunities for US participants to engage with Israel according to the curriculum 
  • Supporting engagement with Maccabi World Union educational programming 
  • Facilitating Shabbat experiences from July 12-26, 2022


  • Minimum 3 years professional experience in education or equivalent
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent communication skills verbally and in writing
  • Proficiency in implementation of experiential education programming
  • Strong Jewish Identity
  • Passion for Israel and Israeli culture
  • Demonstrated ability to manage student groups 
  • Fluency in Hebrew preferred and not required
  • Available to attend all training and 21st Maccabiah in July 2022

If you have any questions, please reach out to Nomi Mitchell (
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