Make a Difference

Help Our Youth Shine

Derech Eretz provides the lower strata of Israeli society with upward social mobility through programs which develop individual responsibility at significant life junctures.

Strengthening Israeli Society

Derech Eretz’s programs serve communities which lack social and financial resources available in more established areas.

Your support helps enhance social responsibility, foster integration among diverse backgrounds, deepen students’ understanding of Israeli society and Jewish heritage, and instill a love of Eretz Yisrael.

Derech Eretz Programs

Programs include a six-month pre-army Mechina which provides guidance for admission to elite and combat army units, ongoing support for active duty soldiers, mentors for army graduates transitioning to civilian life and planning their careers, and an ongoing alumni network.

Alumni Stories, News, and Events

Off to College: Derech Eretz Graduate Assaf Donyo

"...While I do realize that my dream of studying medicine might seem like the impossible dream for a boy who went to boarding school, or for someone who works as a fisherman… but I know that I have it in me to do this. I exceeded my own expectations when I became a commander in the IDF. I know that I become a doctor and be able to fulfill my dream by helping others once I will finish my studies.”

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Off to College: Derech Eretz Graduate Assaf Donyo

Assaf Donyo

Able to Fulfill My Goals

"I have always aimed high, but thanks to Derech Eretz I was able to succeed in fulfilling my goals and serve in Unit 217. The Derech Eretz pre-military program prepared me for the IDF on so many levels, and I came ready to face the challenges that came my way”

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Able to Fulfill My Goals

Shahar Groskop

To this day, Derech Eretz is a part of my life

“Derech Eretz changed my life. I was destined to be a truck driver, but with the confidence I received at Derech Eretz I made it to the top units of the Nachal Infantry Brigade and served a meaningful service, participating in three IDF operations, and taking part in anti-terror warfare.... To this day, Derech Eretz is a part of my life. At Derech Eretz we performed community service, and I realized that I would like to continue to contribute positively to my society. Today I serve as a police officer in the city of Rahat."

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To this day, Derech Eretz is a part of my life

Arthur

We learned how to make our service in the IDF meaningful

“At Derech Eretz, we learned how to make our service in the IDF meaningful. Today, I am proud to serve as a combat soldier in the rescue brigade… Derech Eretz was no doubt an integral part of my basic training and preparation.”

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We learned how to make our service in the IDF meaningful

Yafit Asiyaen – Kmein 2016-17

Launching Our Post-Military Program: Transitioning into Adult, Civilian Life

Earlier this month we launched the Derech Eretz post-military program. The post-military program will help transition young adults into their civilian life - processing their army experience, exposing them to the options available to them in academia and the job market, going through life-skills workshops, such as how to budget, and preparing them to face future challenges.

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Launching Our Post-Military Program: Transitioning into Adult, Civilian Life

Post-Military Program

First Pre-Program Gathering of the 2017-18 Derech Eretz Cohorts

In April, our 2017-18 pre-army program participants that are enrolled for this coming September joined us for our first get together. We met on the Carmel Mountain Range and spent two days getting to know the new cohorts, letting them get to know each other, the staff, and Derech Eretz. It was wonderful to have alumni as well as former counsellors join us on this journey.

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First Pre-Program Gathering of the 2017-18 Derech Eretz Cohorts

pre-program gathering