Welcome to TALMA Admissions,

Thank you for your interest in applying to TALMA!


If you are considering submitting an application to join us in Israel as a TALMA Fellow, there are a few things worth noting:



There is no one size fits all model for our Fellows, but there are several key things we look for in our applicants. If you can answer yes to all of the following questions, then we welcome your application! Please scroll below for a deeper dive into our recruitment interests.

-Are you a young professional educator with at least one year of teaching experience?

Our program is focused on serving young professionals in education ages 21-39 who are looking to grow their leadership. Participants are typically 20-30-something educators, native English speakers, and state certified classroom teachers with a passion for bringing education equity to low-income populations. We do make exceptions for teachers outside of our target audience, however first priority will be given to young professionals.


-Have you previously been to Israel or do you have a relevant connection to Israel?

We prioritize applicants with prior Israel travel because our program requires your full focus. Those who have not previously been to Israel will have a full plate acclimating while also juggling the needs of teaching by day and partaking in our professional development programming. While we allow some time for exploration, this is not a tourism program - and by selecting participants who have prior Israel travel we are able to ensure the focus is on TALMA and the students.


That said, for the right candidate with relevant interests, motivations, and connections to Israel, we do make exceptions. Do you teach in a Hebrew Charter School? Did you study a relevant language in college? Do you have familial ties to Israel? Are you looking for an opportunity to explore your Jewish identity? What makes a program in Israel important to you? There is no right or wrong answer to this question, only what is meaningful for you. We are listening!


-Are you passionate about social justice and believe all children deserve access to an excellent education?

We cater to ALL children - that includes but is not limited to: Jewish-Israeli, Arab-Israeli, Palestinian, African-Israeli, Druze and Bedouin students. If you don't believe in education for ALL, TALMA is not for you. If you do, keep reading!


-Do you consider yourself a life-long learner who is eager to better your practice as a teacher and grow your influence as a leader?

We provide our applicants with first class professional development opportunities but the success of those programs is dependent on the interest level of our participants. We need people who are passionate learners, engaged listeners and active participants. What do you bring to the table?


-Are you someone who will use this opportunity to fuel your engagement in the fight for a more equitable world?

While we ask a lot of our TALMA participants in the way of time and engagement, we offer a lot back in return. How will you use TALMA to further your impact?


Our Summer 2020 application - FOUND HERE- is now live, so go ahead and get started with your application today! Returning Alumni have their own application FOUND HERE.


We look forward to getting to know you better through out this process!


Team Talma


is open


Applications received by April 15th will receive priority consideration.


NOTE: Applications are considered on a rolling basis, so it is best to apply ASAP

Questions? Head to FAQS

A Breakdown of TALMA's Recruitment and who we seek:

  • Educational Experience

    • A Bachelor's degree with preference given to those holding an undergrad or Masters degree in an education related field, i.e.: Educational leadership, Special Education, Instructional Technology, Curriculum, a Master of Arts in teaching, etc.

  • Professional Experience:

    • At least one year serving as an educator in a professional school or educational setting. 

      • Please note that while those who are state certified/licensed teachers receive priority consideration, we also recognize that many qualified professionals are employed in school systems within the US and abroad and hold alternate certifications or experience. Therefore we also give consideration to those with out a state certification or license who: 

        • Teach with private organizations or schools

        • Hold alternate or emergency teacher certifications through a non-traditional route into the classroom (Teach For America, TNTP, City Year, charter school networks etc).

        • Work in non-traditional educational settings (hold TOEFL, TEFL, or CELTA and have had at least one year of experience teaching English professionally to non-native speakers in an overseas education environment) and have the experience and capability to effectively serve students in our classroom settings. 

  • Community and Professional Culture Fit:

    • All participants who meet the above criteria are then screened for a community fit. We determine social and community fit through one to three interviews with a member of recruitment team. During these conversations we look to understand your intentions and motivations for joining TALMA and explore:

      • Are you a young professional working in education?...our community is predominantly comprised of educators ages 21-39 who are willing to co-exist in a high energy, fast-paced, and social community. How will you fit?

      • What is your leadership style?

      • Do you have a relevant connection to Israel or Jewish life?

      • What is your style of behavior management?

      • How do you bring joy, movement, and project/inquiry-based learning to your classroom?

      • What educational practices and philosophies guide your practice?

      • Do you have a personality and energy that will serve to build up and contribute to our community?

      • What will be TALMA's return on investment should we invest in your leadership potential?

      • How do you work with a teammate or co-teacher?

      • ...and more!

Still unsure if you are a fit? We welcome you to apply and we'll get back to you...or you may submit an inquiry below.

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