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

Derech Eretz Community Annual Event

On Thursday, December 13th, we held an overnight event in Nitzana for all program participants, alumni, and staff. The interaction between current and past program participants was incredible, and there was a sense of a larger Derech Eretz community coming together. We hope this will mark the first event of a future annual tradition.

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Derech Eretz Community Annual Event

Derech Eretz Community Event

Focus on Alumni

From alumni programs to an alumni council and an alumni network, Derech Eretz is continuing to cultivate our youth well into adulthood.

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Focus on Alumni

Focus on Alumni

Braving the Israel Trail

90 kilometers, 6 days, and countless breathtaking views. Our participants overcame challenges throughout this week outdoors including carrying heavy backpacks, the cold weather, and steep uphills. The result? Strengthened friendships, lifted spirits, and the feeling that we can accomplish anything we set out to do!

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Braving the Israel Trail

Braving the Israel Trail

Headed to College: Derech Eretz Graduate Assaf Donyo

"The value of trying to make the world a better place and the value of hard work are ones that I better understand thanks to Derech Eretz, and I have decided to take this with me onwards, for the rest of my life."

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Headed to College: Derech Eretz Graduate Assaf Donyo

Assaf Donyo

Celebrating the Ethiopian-Jewish holiday Sigd

Ethiopian participants of the Derech Eretz pre-military program initiated and organized a celebration to mark 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 Sigd

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