Kesher Yehudi for the Premilitary Academies at the IDF

A most fascinating collaboration has been formed between secular premilitary academies and their neighboring Ultra-Orthodox communities.

The program connects future IDF troops with members of local Ultra-Orthodox communities, for a year-long activity program that engenders meaningful personal connections between people who would otherwise never meet.

The students join their Hareidi counterparts in personal study meetings and monthly seminars on core Jewish subjects. They celebrate upcoming Jewish holidays together and experience a magical Shabbat in the community’s warm embrace.

This past year, 2020, twenty secular premilitary academies and twenty communities throughout the country participated in this amazing program. Six additional academies were hosted by twin communities for one-time sessions or full Shabbats