Army & National Service

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Mahal – Volunteers in the IDF

2017-03-15T13:20:37+00:00 Serving 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.

Tzav Rishon (First Notice) and IDF Draft

2017-10-02T11:45:26+00:00 Pre-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.

Army Service – Length of Service for Bnei Mehagrim

2017-06-21T10:06:09+00:00 Army & National Service|

Read more to find out the special army requirement rules for Bnei Mehagrim. The army defines a Ben Mehager as an Israeli citizen who was born abroad or left with their parents before the age of 16. In most cases, a Ben Mehagrim would make Aliyah with the status of Ezrach Oleh or Katin Chozer, although there are people who left Israel between the ages of 14 and 16 who would not be eligible for Aliyah (the Jewish Agency for Israel would give them the status of Returning Resident) but will be considered Ben Mehagrim by the army.

Basic Training in the IDF

2017-10-02T11:47:16+00:00 Active Service|

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.

Getting By on Your Army Salary

2017-10-02T11:51:53+00:00 Active Service|

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

2018-03-18T11:18:18+00:00 Post-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.

Gal Acco

2018-02-11T12:22:30+00:00 Pre Army Mechinot|

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.


2018-02-11T13:28:09+00:00 Pre Army Mechinot|

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.


2018-02-09T10:08:47+00:00 Pre Army Mechinot|

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


2018-02-11T13:34:46+00:00 Pre Army Mechinot|

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.

Mechinat Lachish (Maitarim)

2018-02-11T13:27:27+00:00 Pre Army Mechinot|

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.


2018-02-11T13:27:05+00:00 Pre Army Mechinot|

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

2018-02-11T13:28:18+00:00 Pre Army Mechinot|

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.


2018-02-11T13:26:43+00:00 Pre Army Mechinot|

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

2018-02-11T13:26:40+00:00 Pre Army Mechinot|

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.

Karmei Chail

2018-02-11T12:27:52+00:00 Pre Army Mechinot|

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.

Derech Eretz

2018-02-11T12:21:45+00:00 Pre Army Mechinot|

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

2018-02-11T12:22:40+00:00 Pre Army Mechinot|

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.