Sherut Leumi is voluntary national service that takes the place of army service. Israeli citizens who get an army exemption and non-Israeli citizens who volunteer are both eligible.
Sherut Leumi gives young women an opportunity to get intensive exposure to a number of professional environments in Israeli society. Most are Hebrew-speaking environments, but English speakers are rare commodities whose skills are greatly valued. It may also be possible to request an English-speaking environment for service.
Sherut Leumi offers programs in a wide range of fields including special education, administration, hospitals, law, geriatrics, nursing homes, health clinics, teens at risk, internal security, education, disadvantaged communities, immigrant assistance, environmentalism and other related non-profit organizations. Applicants are interviewed and are matched as best as possible, via placement organizations, to appropriate positions according to their skills, interests and needs. Each placement organization works within specific fields, so it is advisable to have an idea of the field of interest, and then to find the placement organization that works within the chosen field.
One who decides to do Sherut Leumi must register through one of the state-recognized placement organizations. The organization then matches the applicant to the place of service. Service lasts for 12 months and typically requires 30-40 hours/week. Each volunteer is then assigned to a rakezet (coordinator) who serves as a supervisor and advisor.
One need not make Aliyah to do Sherut Leumi. It can be done on a tourist visa, but the Misrad Hapnim(Ministry of the Interior) will issue a special volunteer visa that lasts as long as the person will be doing her service. However, if the volunteer leaves the country for any reason during that time, she will need to get a new visa upon her return..
- Volunteers who have Israeli citizenship receive a grant at the end of the year. One who does Sherut Leumi as a tourist is not eligible for the grant, but if one declares citizenship at any point during the year of sherut, one will get the grant.
- For those interested in making Aliyah afterwards, volunteers are still eligible for the Sal Klita. While one is doing one’s service, the “clock is frozen.” This means that the time of service is not taken into consideration when calculating the amount of time spent in Israel before declaring Aliyah.
- In order to ensure that the clock is indeed “frozen,” the volunteer must get a certificate of completion. In order to get this certificate, one must meet the number of days and hours required. (Twelve full months of service, 40 hours a week. The year begins around Sept.1, when schools begin. One does get some vacation days and sick days. If one takes a sick day, one must get an ishur (approval) from the doctor.)
Benefits and Living Arrangements
Volunteers are entitled to a number of benefits including:
- Monthly stipend for necessities.(Amount varies on location and place of service.)
- Apartment housing in the city where they are serving.
- Bus pass (inter-city and intra-city).
- Discounts at restaurants, movie theatres and cell phone companies (same discounts as soldiers)
- Most volunteers live in apartments together in the city where they serve.
Supervisor of Foreign Volunteers
Email: [email protected]
Web – //www.aminadav.org.il/
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National Zionist Religious organization
email: [email protected]
Tal Galterin – 052-431-7278
Ginat Bognim – 052-899-0444