Last summer, everything was set, all my papers, my tickets and, not least, my expectations. After years of supporting the country from afar, how would it be to support Israel with my own hands and in very special mission, serving as a volunteer ad the Tsahal, the IDF? However, the afternoon before my flight, one of my two sons had an unfortunate bike accident so I had to postpone my trip and stay with him. (I am a widower, so I am the one looking after them.) Read more >
I have done Sar-El a number of times. The first was because I felt a need to contribute to Israel. I now come back for the same reason and more.
First, it is fun, a lot of fun. And, I have met really interesting people and made some lifelong friends. Read more >
It is a changing world, and the French saying- ‘Plus ca change, plus c’est meme chose’ (the more things change the more they remain the same’) –is certainly true!
In a changing world the most constant thing is the Jewish Homeland – Jerusalem still has the syndrome – its still beautiful in its own way, and its still Ha Aretz the land with a heart.
I love the fact that to Hebrew speaker – there are only two places on earth ‘Ha Aretz, and Bachoots l” Aretz) – the land and outside the land. Read more >
The chamsin [hot desert wind] was blowing and the extreme heat was almost unbearable as we uncovered tanks to reveal the glory that defends us; but the price that my feet paid was beyond belief. Within a few hours the soles of my precious sneakers said goodbye and fell off. Read more >
Sar-El is once again pleased to have hosted another Bar Mitzvah on an IDF base.
Daniel Wise’s recent celebration proves it’s never too late. Read more >
“Last week I was privileged to be at a Manchester ((UK) Zionist Council meeting where two IDF Officers were speaking about their experiences and what it means to be part of the ‘ most moral army in the world. They have been traveling and speaking in the UK, especially in some hostile environments such as University campuses” said Sar-El UK representative Jennie Goldstone. Read more >
Finally,after months of waiting, I will be back to Sar-El in March to do two more programs. I am excited and looking forward to giving my best to those soldiers that risk their lives daily. Those soldiers that a lot of people in the world do not value. Read more >
I wanted to take this opportunity to share my experiences with the Sar-El Program. Participants in this program spend up to three weeks working on an army base in Israel. The mission of my particular communications base is to fix and distribute electronics and transmitting devices to the army. The base supplies devices to the troops in the southern part of the country. Read more >
What an incredible experience. My commander for the last three days
was an Ethiopian Jew with a heart of gold. We traded ideas in Jewish
outlook and bonded in the few short days, through the intensive labor
and the Torah. I miss him already! Read more >
Packing List for Sar-El
*First and foremost, bring your sense of humor, team spirit, and an open mind.
We suggest you bring the following:
1. Towels, sheet, pillow (if you need one)
2. Personal toilet articles: comb, brush, soap, shampoo, etc.
3. Heavy sweat or sport socks to wear with work boots
4. Bathing suit
5. Warm clothing, raincoat and liner during cold months (Oct. through April)
7. Shower clogs/water shoes
8. Sunglasses, sun hat, sunscreen
9. Sweater or jacket or sweatshirt
10. Underwear and socks
11. An extra pair of eyeglasses
12. Copies of prescriptions in generic terms for any medication you take; antibiotics, cold medicine, etc.
13. Small overnight bag or backpack or small case on wheels (for weekends)
14. 3 Copies of your application documents, including Medical Form, Waiver, your health and accident insurance card or policy, and your passport
15. A sense of humor!
1. Insect repellent – warm weather
2. Scotch tape/masking tape
3. Individual coffee/tea bags/ hot chocolate
4. Peanut butter, tuna, snacks, etc., ( if you don’t think you’ll like army food). You can always buy things at supermarkets in Israel
5. Extension cord
6. Nail brush
7. Moleskin (moleform) for blisters, corns, etc.
8. Work gloves (some work areas provide them)
9. Small collapsible plastic cup
10. Small plastic stick-up hooks
11. Gifts for soldiers and workers on your base
12. Playing cards/small travel games
13. Zip lock plastic bags (different sizes)
14. Money belt
16. Small hand mirror
17. Clothesline, clothespins
18. Combination lock
CLOTHES – Laundry is done by hand on the base. You can use Laundromats on weekends.
1. Casual clothes can be worn after daily work period.
2. Good walking shoes
3. Do not bring a lot of clothes – you’ll be carrying your suitcases!
1. All electric appliances: shavers, traveling irons, portable radios, hair dryers (Universal) need special 220-110 volt step-down converter for Israeli current as well as a plug adaptor for Israeli outlets.
2. Cameras are permitted. DO NOT PHOTOGRAPH any army equipment (due to security regulations). You must get permission to photograph anything in camp or risk confiscation of film.
3. Bring only such jewelry as you will wear at all times.
4. ATM card is recommended
WE HAVE STORES HERE WHERE YOU CAN BUY EXTRA FOOD, MEDS, ETC.