Garin Tzabar is a unique project in collaboration with the IDF, Tzofim, The Ministry of Defense, and The Ministry of Immigration and Absorption. Garin Tzabar was founded in 1991
The project offers an organizational and educational framework to Jewish youth aged 18-24. After finishing high school these adolescents from around the world choose to move to Israel, to volunteer, to draft, and to serve in the IDF. They arrive at this decision after a personal process of difficult decision-making.
With the arrival of the Garin Tzabar group to Israel they are absorbed by an adopted kibbutz, which is their new warm home throughout their army service. In the first three months they meet with the IDF, learn Hebrew in an ulpan, travel around Israel, and learn about the country and its history.
The Garin Tzabar members will also attend seminars about emotional and social preparation, Israeli culture and politics, and the IDF. This is all done in order to help bridge the gap between the new immigrants and the Israeli educational system.
Throughout their army service the Garin Tzabar members will make new friends, experience growing experiences, and formulate and solidify their connection to Israel.
During their service the Tzofim movement will also provide assistance with immigration rights, work, and education.
Requirements for acceptance to the program:
- Women aged 18-23 (until the day of their draft).
- Men aged 18-24 (until the day of their draft).
- High School Graduate (or finishing the same year they plan to join)
- Non-criminal record and no behavioral issues in prior frameworks.
- Full commitment to the conditions of the program.
- Previous visits to Israel accumulating in at least two months.
- Participation in the preparation process.
- Basic level of Hebrew.