News and Articles (page 3)

Strengthening My Connection

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 >

An Experience I Must Repeat

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 >

What to Pack For Sar-El Participants

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)

6. Kleenex

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

15. Flashlight

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




IDF General Visits Sar-Elniks

IDF Head of Logistics General Kobi Barak visits Sar-Elniks at the base. Click here to take a look: Read more >

IDF Soldiers Thank Sar-Elniks

 We recently received this letter from two IDF soldiers thanking Sar-Elniks for their help.
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A Sar-El Barmitzvah!

Sar-El volunteer Gary Berkovich finally has his bar mitzvah…on the base!


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A Week To Remember

Since I first read about Sar-El in a magazine of the German-Israeli society (Deutsch-Israelische Gesellschaft) I have felt an increasing desire to participate in this program.

This increasing desire was caused by the ongoing unfairness in the media coverage as well as in the public opinion when it comes towards Israel. There are so many people that don’t see the need to learn more about history in order to actually understand the conflict between Israel and its enemies, but that are still very certain that Israel is always the aggressor. They either ignore all the rockets fired towards Israel or call them toy rockets like they couldn’t harm anybody; but as soon as Israel reacts towards these rockets in order to protect its citizens (as any state in the world is supposed to) they go out on the street to protest against Israel. When in the neighboring Syria however tens of thousands of Arabs are slaughtered by their own government or by terrorist groups, they seem not to care about. Read more >

Well Done Arielle!

Kol hakavod to Arielle (Pamela’s granddaughter) for donating her hair to a sick child.



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The Davidi Ambulance Finally Arrives!

Above: Davidi’s wife Hasida, son, son-in-law and grandson.

Sar-El volunteers recently attended a dedication ceremony held in Tel Aviv to inaugurate the Davidi Ambulance, in honor of the memory of Sar-El Founder General Aharon Davidi (z”l). 

The ambulance was purchased through The American and Canadian Friends of Magen David Adom. All of us at Sar-El wish to express our thanks to volunteers and friends from around the world who donated money to this worthwhile cause. Davidi’s wife, Hasida, along with their son, son-in-law, and grandson all attended the dedication ceremony, along with Sar-El staff and volunteers.

Visiting Wounded Soldiers

Sar-El volunteers visit Beit Halochem (the organization for Israel’s disabled soldiers). Established in 1974 after the Yom Kippur War the organization has helped thousands of Israeli soldiers disabled during military conflict, readjust to life via sport activities as well as other physical and mental therapies. 

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