Religious Women Tracks

If you are a religious female olah, there are special tracks or positions you can fulfill in the Army. The tracks are:

  • Seminary (Yeshiva) learning track. Includes parts of army service spent learning in a seminary. You will be apart of the Garin Nachal framework.
  • Aluma Track.
  • Sherut Leumi (instead of Army service)
  • Garin Tzabar Dati (religious)
  • Religious education track — take courses to become a Soldier-Teacher in a community or in a community of olim, a Madricha (counselor) in a religious girls’ high school,or  a Madricha (counselor) inEretz Yisrael and Jewish heritage studies in a community

* It is important to note that you will need to be a fluent Hebrew speaker (exceptions made for Sherut Leumi) to do any of these tracks or positions.

For more info on these tracks see Religious Female Programs.

Getting an Army Exemption (p’tur) for Religious Reasons

In order to get a waiver (p’tur) from the army for religious reasons, one must do the following:

  1. Go to the Rabanut. For a listing of Rabanut offices throughout the country, click here.
  2. Bring 2 passport pictures.
  3. State to the Rabanut that you don’t want to go to the army for religious reasons. Some are asked to meet with a Rabbi who might pose questions to see “if they are religious”, others are able to obtain the letter of exemption without further questioning.
  4. Once you have the ptur you have to take it to the Lishkat Hagiyus (drafting office). If you don’t have the ptur before your Tzav Rishon, you must go to Lishkat Giyus on the assigned day anyway. Once you receive the p’tur, you are responsible for making sure that the army receives it.

Pre-army seminars/preparation for female religious recruits

  • Seminar day: Two times a year the army hosts a day for religious girls to learn more about their service options. Rabbis, army officials, psychologists and former female religious soldiers participate in the seminar for the benefit of religious female recruits. If you are interested in finding out the dates for these seminars, please contact the Lishkat Hagiyus (IDF Draft Office)*.
  • Gadna: Gadna is a week where high school students and recruits come to experience what basic training is like. Two times a year the Army hosts a special Gadna just for religious female recruits. The point of these special Gadna options is to give religious female recruits a taste of what the Army is like and how they can get a meaningful service while still being religious.
  • Community outreach: As requested by communities throughout Israel, the Army comes to schools, youth groups and community centers to provide information sessions. Ask your local high school or community center if this is something they are organizing for your local area.

*Lishkat Hagiyus (IDF Draft Office) – 03-7388888

+ Religious Women Tracks

Religious Women Tracks

If you are a religious female olah, there are special tracks or positions you can fulfill in the Army. The tracks are:

  • Seminary (Yeshiva) learning track. Includes parts of army service spent learning in a seminary. You will be apart of the Garin Nachal framework.
  • Aluma Track.
  • Sherut Leumi (instead of Army service)
  • Garin Tzabar Dati (religious)
  • Religious education track — take courses to become a Soldier-Teacher in a community or in a community of olim, a Madricha (counselor) in a religious girls’ high school,or  a Madricha (counselor) inEretz Yisrael and Jewish heritage studies in a community

* It is important to note that you will need to be a fluent Hebrew speaker (exceptions made for Sherut Leumi) to do any of these tracks or positions.

For more info on these tracks see Religious Female Programs.

+ Getting a Ptur

Getting an Army Exemption (p’tur) for Religious Reasons

In order to get a waiver (p’tur) from the army for religious reasons, one must do the following:

  1. Go to the Rabanut. For a listing of Rabanut offices throughout the country, click here.
  2. Bring 2 passport pictures.
  3. State to the Rabanut that you don’t want to go to the army for religious reasons. Some are asked to meet with a Rabbi who might pose questions to see “if they are religious”, others are able to obtain the letter of exemption without further questioning.
  4. Once you have the ptur you have to take it to the Lishkat Hagiyus (drafting office). If you don’t have the ptur before your Tzav Rishon, you must go to Lishkat Giyus on the assigned day anyway. Once you receive the p’tur, you are responsible for making sure that the army receives it.
+ Religious Prep Programs

Pre-army seminars/preparation for female religious recruits

  • Seminar day: Two times a year the army hosts a day for religious girls to learn more about their service options. Rabbis, army officials, psychologists and former female religious soldiers participate in the seminar for the benefit of religious female recruits. If you are interested in finding out the dates for these seminars, please contact the Lishkat Hagiyus (IDF Draft Office)*.
  • Gadna: Gadna is a week where high school students and recruits come to experience what basic training is like. Two times a year the Army hosts a special Gadna just for religious female recruits. The point of these special Gadna options is to give religious female recruits a taste of what the Army is like and how they can get a meaningful service while still being religious.
  • Community outreach: As requested by communities throughout Israel, the Army comes to schools, youth groups and community centers to provide information sessions. Ask your local high school or community center if this is something they are organizing for your local area.

*Lishkat Hagiyus (IDF Draft Office) – 03-7388888