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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

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

Celebrating the Ethiopian-Jewish Holiday Sigd

On Thursday, December 1st, the Derech Eretz Yerucham campus cohort will be cohosting an event to celebrate the Ethiopian-Jewish holiday, Sigd, marking the receiving of the Torah and immigration to Israel.

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Celebrating the Ethiopian-Jewish Holiday Sigd

Celebrating the Ethiopian-Jewish Holiday Sigd at Derech Eretz

Offering to Provide Assistance

Amidst the fires raging across Israel this past week, Derech Eretz immediately announced it's call to host those evacuated from their homes, on our three campuses in the Negev. We are additionally assessing where we - staff, alumni, and program participants - can volunteer further, as needed.

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Offering to Provide Assistance

Offering to Provide Assistance

Preparing to Enter the IDF

“Our whole mentality has become stronger,” says Danielle from the Derech Eretz Nitzana campus, “We are more prepared for situations, and have the tools do deal with these situations. We also realize that there is another way to do things – to get up and go to class, even when you are tired, not to give in and not to give up. It’s not only the big things, but the little things as well. Not to be lazy. To get up and run in the morning, to clean up after yourself, to delve into the projects we are developing. Each one of us has the ability to lead and contribute and there is no doubt that every day that we are here we are developing and becoming empowered. I certainly am.”

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Preparing to Enter the IDF

Preparing to Enter the IDF

Saying Goodbye to the Phrase and Concept: I Cant

Gal, from our Kmein campus had the following to say: “I can’t believe how much I’ve changed… My parents can’t believe how much I’ve changed. They keep telling me how I have grown up, matured, become independent. Here, I have been exposed to new things – new people, concepts, experiences, places. This is the first time in life when I am consciously thinking of who I want to be and how I want to live my life, instead of just stumbling along…. Seriously, I even lost 7 kilo along the way from our group training that we do every morning. 3 more months here? Let me tell you - the sky is the limit.”

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Saying Goodbye to the Phrase and Concept: I Cant

Saying Goodbye to the Phrase and Concept “I Can’t”