Army & National Service

  • Quick Guide to Joining Mahal

    In August 2016, Nefesh B’Nefesh welcomed North American Mahal Lone Soldiers into the Lone Soldiers Program family! These soldiers (Mahalistim) are now eligible for a Lone Soldier Grant, on behalf of Nefesh B’Nefesh and the Friends of the IDF (FIDF), as well as the range of services we offer Lone Soldiers serving in the IDF.

  • Length of Service – Age of Arrival before May 31, 2015

    Men Women Single women, until the age of 20, are required to serve for 24 months. *Religious women can get a Ptur (exemption).  Click here for the process. Married women have an automatic exemption from service in the IDF. There is NO requirement for women to do Sherut Leumi instead of military service.  Click here […]

  • Army: Frequently Asked Questions

    What IDF Resources are Available Online? The IDF maintains the following resources online: Blog: Facebook: Youtube: When Will I Have Time to Deal with Everything? As a Chayal Boded, you are entitled to a Yom Siddurim (errands day) once every month during training and once every two months once in your regular position. What is […]

  • Tzav Rishon (First Notice) and IDF Draft

    The Tzav Rishon (First Notice) is the first step in the army’s drafting process. When you make Aliyah, your information will be sent to Misrad Hapnim (Ministry of the Interior). After this process has taken place, a Tzav Rishon will be sent to the address listed in your Teudat Zehut. If you move, make sure that you update the address in your Teudat Zehut at your local branch of Misrad Hapnim. You can expect to receive your Tzav Rishon anywhere within 6-12 months after making Aliyah.

  • Mahal – Volunteers in the IDF

    The Machal program offers the opportunity for individuals who do not live in Israel to serve in the IDF. In order to qualify for the Machal program, you must be Jewish or Zakai Aliyah (i.e., have the right to make Aliyah). If you have Israeli citizenship, you must have left Israel by age 10 and not exceeded 120 days per year of visitation prior to your recruitment.

  • Army Packing List for Men

    The following is a list of items to bring with you when you go to your Lishkat Hagiyus (drafting office) on the day of your Tzav Giyus (draft notification). Pack all items in a 60 to 90 liter bag. Make sure you bring enough toiletries and clothing to last for a two week period.

  • Sherut Leumi: Benefits for Bnot Sherut

    There are a number of benefits provided for girls (Bnot Sherut) during the year they are completing their national service.  As well, additional benefits are provided to lone Bnot Sherut (Bnot Sherut Bodedot) to assist them through their year. The benefits listed below are provided for all Bnot Sherut, unless otherwise indicated. Housing Most Bnot […]

  • Army Packing List for Women

    The following is a list of items to bring with you when you go to your Lishkat Hagiyus (drafting office) on the day of your Tzav Giyus (draft notification). Pack all items in a 60 to 90 liter bag. Make sure you bring enough toiletries and clothing to last for a two week period.

  • Basic Training in the IDF

    Basic training courses vary significantly depending on your job placement and the location of your course. There are different levels of basic training for Kravi (combat) soldiers, who are on training level 05 or 07, and non-combat (soldiers who are not in Kravi units), who are on training level 02. Within each of these groups, the approach to basic training tends to be different on each base.

  • Army Service Programs

    Hesder – a 42 month commitment, involving 26 months of Yeshiva study and 16 months of active army service. As part of Hesder, soldiers are drafted together into a field unit.

  • IDF Exemption for Religious Reasons

    There is a possibility to get an exemption from serving in the IDF on religious grounds.  One can start the process of getting a Ptur (exemption – פטור) before or after receiving their Tzav Rishon (first notice – צו ראשון). In order to get a Ptur (exemption) from the army for religious reasons, you must: Go to the […]

  • FAQ: Serving in Mahal

    The following is a listing of the most commonly asked questions about Machal. We hope this FAQ helps you clarify any similar questions that you may have about the program.

  • Getting By on Your Army Salary

    It’s no military secret that soldiers’ salaries are tiny. How can a soldier pay the bills without going into debt? Lt. Gal Zerihan, a service conditions officer in the Galilee Division, helps soldiers manage their salary and cover their regular expenses. For young adults, army service is the peak of their transition from teenagers reliant on their parents to independent adults responsible for making their own decisions.

  • Life After the Army

    After being in the army’s highly structured environment, being on your own can be overwhelming, and many people feel like they are making Aliyah all over again. You’ll find that many Israelis deal with the post-army transition by traveling overseas, frequently to South America or the Far East. As Olim, you may find that it’s not appropriate to take the same route; if you’re on your own in Israel, you may have a different set of financial responsibilities than your Israeli peers.

  • Sherut Leumi: FAQ

    What is Sherut Leumi? Sherut Leumi is a national service option for religious girls between the ages of 17-24 who choose not to serve in the IDF. Through the diverse options offered by Sherut Leumi, young women are afforded the opportunity to work intensively in a professional environment in Israel and, as a result, to […]

  • Sherut Leumi: National Service

    “Sherut Leumi is a chance to give back to the country who gave me so much” –Talia Schickman, volunteer in a kindergarten for kids with disabilities Sherut Leumi is a national service option for religious girls between the ages of 17-24 who choose not to serve in the IDF. Through the diverse options offered by […]

  • Sherut Leumi: Signing up from abroad

    Sherut Leumi is a great way to spend a year in Israel. It is a year that allows you to really get a feel for Israeli culture and a chance to give to the Israeli society. In addition, the time spent in Sherut provides you a sense of what it would be like to live […]

  • Sherut Leumi: Signing up from within Israel Pre-Aliyah

    Sherut Leumi is a wonderful opportunity for young women who want to spend a year volunteering in Israel while integrating into the Israeli culture. Many girls find themselves not wanting to leave after their year in Seminary; some even consider the possibility of Aliyah. Sherut Leumi is a great trial year to see if living […]

  • Sherut Leumi: Signing up in Israel Post-Aliyah

    The process of finding a suitable Sherut Leumi placement may seem overwhelming, however with the proper preparation and research you will be able to find a suitable and rewarding place to serve. This page explains the process of signing up for Sherut Leumi, allowing you to clearly see the order of the steps. Receive an exemption […]

  • Gal Acco

    The Ma’ase Olam – Tzofim program is a revolutionary new approach to gap year for high school graduates aged 17-19 at the start of the program, featuring 11-months of group living, meaningful social action in marginalized communities, and a profound exchange with parallel groups of Israelis. In addition, the program features constant mentorship and guidance, and a groundbreaking educational approach.

  • Teens and the IDF

    An email was received by Nefesh B’Nefesh from a potential Oleh who wants to make Aliyah in the summer with all of his family, except for his 15 year old son (who is planning on coming on tourist status). The following is an update about the implications of such, in terms of future Aliyah and Army service.

  • Otzem

    The Otzem Pre-Military Torah Academy has taken upon itself a great educational mission: the nurturing of people engaged with Klal Yisrael – the Jewish People in its entirety – and who draw their values from the faith and the Torah of Israel. Despite its painful uprooting from Gush Katif, the Academy continues to fly the banner of pioneering and settlement of the Land in Cholot Chalutza.

  • Tzhali

    Tzhali צהלי Our Beit Midrash features in-depth study that combines faith, Jewish thought and a halakhic approach intended to prepare you both for army service and for life.

  • Aderet

    Our Goal is to create a living Bet Midrash, dealing with the question of how to build a better society. We are trying to examine how Jewish tradition and values are relevant to reforming the public sphere in Israel today.

  • Galil Elyon

    The vision of the mechina is to nurture young leaders with values, who are sensitive and caring for others and the environment, with a connection to the Jewish and Zionist heritage who will take responsibility, work and affect the environment and society.

  • Amichai

    The Mechina is intended for those who have completed the twelfth grade, both boys and girls, who know that it is possible to make changes and that it is in their power to do so. We strive to enable young men and women to recognize their strength and ability to formulate a moral identity

  • Rosh Pina

    We aim to deal with personally Torah study, to create a dialogue between “Live words of Hashem” and this world. We strive to expose our signal and develop a broad knowledge within us, and build the tools to deal with the challenging and complex Israeli experience.

  • Rabin

    Students at Oranim are offered a range of programs, resource centers and organizations that provide them aid, assistance and support. Many of our ongoing programs help to enrich communities, schools and local leadership, providing academic knowledge and hands-on skills in education.

  • Nefesh B’Nefesh-Sar-El Army Volunteers

    Our new partner, Sar-El, has origins tracking back to1982, during the first war with Lebanon, when civilian replacements were needed for thousands of reservists called to duty just as Israel’s harvest season began. Israeli General Aharon Davidi sent emissaries to the United States to enlist volunteers to harvest crops and save the economy.

  • Nachshon

    Bring about change in society by fostering social leadership – values ​​among senior Graduates from all walks and sectors

  • Mechinat Lachish (Maitarim)

    Over the course of the year-long program, mechina students grow as individuals and as a unified group as they take on new responsibilities as Israelis, Jews and Zionists. The students play active leadership roles in managing various aspects of the mechina. They also take part in the daily life of Kibbutz Beit Guvrin. The program provides students who enter its gates with a meaningful year of personal growth and leadership development.

  • Maitzer

    A moment before the race of life, a quality group is being formed of boys and girls before their military service who believe they have the power to make a change. Awaiting them is a year, in which they will turn their lives into a life of mission for society and the nation, while studying, working, contributing to the community and connecting to the land of Israel and the Golan.

  • Magen Shaul

    Its an English speaking program for post high school graduates. This one year program is a unique experience in education, where Jewish studies are part of a general education experience. Together with Torah studies, classes are given in physical fitness, navigation and familiarization with the terrain of the country. The Mechina, which works together with the Israeli Defense Forces, spends time every month in the army training and learning how to deal with different issues that may arise from serving in the army as a religious Jew.

    Special opportunity to integrate with Israeli students and truly come familiar with Israeli culture.

  • lod

    The mechina will design a program that will provide support along with a family atmosphere. The faculty will aim to enhance students’ personal responsibility a key component of the educational concept. All training will be held along with physical, mental and moral for significant service in the IDF.

  • Kol Ami

    Kol Ami is a 6 month post high school program – September to February. The program is designed for boys and girls who want to live in a Jewish pluralistic environment together with their Israeli counterparts. Kol Ami attracts young people who want to learn more about themselves and how they can better impact the Jewish communities around the world.

  • Kiriat Malachi

    The Mechina of the Northern Negev is a paragon one-year post highschool project for youth from Israel’s rural peripheries who have not had the opportunity to fulfill their innate potential.

  • Keshet Yehudah

    The integration program absorbs them directly into the Israeli student body. This helps the young men overcome the common difficulties of being new to Israel, such as language and mentality. The continuous social contact not only teaches them Hebrew but also builds them a solid social framework in Israel.

  • Karmei Chail

    The central part of the character building in the mechina are in the Beit Midrash. Lessons faith, morals, Halachot for the army, investigation of personal identity within society and more. Lessons are taught by the Rabbis in the mechina, who have many years of experience in education. Some classes are conducted by the students of the mechina.

  • HaNegev

    Mechinat HaNegev calls for the youth to lead new trends in Israeli society. The mechina trains and encourages its members to take responsibility in every aspect of their life – in the army and civil society – to show leadership and lead processes of initiative and action.

  • Hadas Program

    Hadas at Midreshet Lindenbaum is a unique program, established almost 20 years ago, Hadas is geared toward post-high school observant young women who wish to serve in the IDF in select positions. Hadas participants are offered positions in Zahal in the Educational Corps, Intelligence or the Air Force.

  • Beit Yisrael

    Beit Yisrael Mechina was established out of the desire to tackle the pressing problems of Israeli society: the expansion of social gaps, disputes, difficulties in communication and alienation,

  • Beit Yatir

    Our goal is to raise good sons of Israel of torah and a great belonging to Am Yisrael and the great time in which we live in.

  • Ateret Yerushalayim

    For the past sixteen years, the Mechina of Ateret Yerushalayim has been housed in Sha’arei Ha-Kotel (Gates of the Kotel) House, which is twenty meters from the Kotel Plaza.

  • Bina

    The Mechina was designed to cultivate students and secular scholars who take active responsibility and influence in society in general and the army in particular.

  • Bnei Tzion

    The goal of the Mechina is to help the students form an identity through learning and analyzing the components of our identity: Judaism, Zionism, philosophy, democracy, history,

  • Chemdat Yehudah

    The Mechina strives for the development and empowerment of the mental and spiritual world of the individual. They provide tools to study Torah, with an emphasis on relevant subjects and religious openness.

  • Choshen Peduel

    The mechina strives to cultivate a deep spiritual connection of students to the world of Torah. Much emphasis is placed in the curriculum on Halacha and Emunah, along with instilling the love of Am Yisrael, the land of Israel and commitment to Zionism.

  • Derech Eretz

    Derech Eretz operates social-educational programs for Israeli youth and young adults, most of who come from Israel’s geographic and social periphery, at the important junctures of their early adult lives.

    Derech Eretz’s bottom-up initiative intends at minimizing social gaps while creating engaged citizens, and ultimately, building a better future for Israeli society.

  • Ein Prat

    The purpose of the mechina is learning how to take responsibility for developing personal and social skills. This is done through intensive study and questioning identity, Zionism and Judaism, living with a diverse group, going on sightseeing tours and working in the community. In addition, the Mechina works to build self-confidence, physical and mental strength. These all help build the ability to initiate and foster leadership skills.

  • Eli

    The mechina’s goal is to build and raise an idealistic youth, to build their spiritual world and to strive to become a leader in the army and in different areas of their lives.

  • Elisha

    During the school year students work on analyzing the principles of faith and deepening roots in ideological clarification. In order to build and shape the identity and worldview of the students and prepare them for military service both spiritually and physically.