Beit Oded Hostel

Rules for Staying at Sar-El Hostel Beit Oded


Beit Oded is the IDF’s SAR-EL Hostel which is located in Jaffa. Beit Oded is available for use by SAR-EL volunteers for use during their service (but is not available for use before or after their service). Beit Oded can only be booked by request through your madrichot during the week before the weekend.

* Temporary Closures This Year at Beit Oded Click here

Beit Oded is named after Major Oded Hermoni, who died in the Yom Kippur War. 
 Beit Oded has approximately 70 beds and meals are provided, however, they are minimal so you may wish to eat out to supplement the food Beit Oded will try to make your stay as comfortable as possible, but there are some rules that the volunteers must follow. If you do not follow the rules, you will not be allowed to stay. 

* Please be advised that Beit Oded is an “extra”. It is not guaranteed to always be open and available to volunteers. All volunteers should have funds available for weekend contingency plans.

You accept these rules by entering Beit Oded.


  • You must follow the staff’s orders. If you have questions or remarks, talk to the staff persons in charge.
  • When you enter the building, put your Beit Oded card on the bulletin board. When you leave the building, take your card with you. You will not be allowed to enter without your ID card.
  • Keep your passport copy with you all the time.
  • Visitors are not allowed in the building, including volunteers who did not “check in” for the weekend.
  • Volunteers are not allowed to enter the staff office, the Moadon, kitchen and storage room. 
  • Volunteers can not use the telephone in the office. There is a card telephone near the front door available
  • No alcohol, drugs, smoking, proselytizing, sexual harassment nor aggressive behavior is allowed. You cannot enter Beit Oded if you are drunk or not in control of yourself. If you do any of these things, you will not be allowed to stay & will not be allowed back in the future.
  • Beit Oded is a non-smoking area. 
  • There are no keys to the rooms. Do not leave valuables in the rooms.
  • You may not stay at Beit Oded before your program begins.
  • There is no TV for volunteers. There is no Wifi.
  • By arriving you will be assigned to a room. You are not allowed to switch rooms
  • Men & women cannot be in each other’s rooms or floors
  • Do not remove mattresses, pillows and blankets from your rooms
  • At the end of your stay, give your linens to the soldier in the reception area.


  • Due to Kashruth rules, you are not allowed to bring food into Beit Oded. You are not allowed to bring any “outside” food into the dining room. It’s not allowed to take food out of the dining room.
  • You can not prepare your own food. There is a only a small quantity of vegetarian meals, ask the staff
  • Please conserve on your use of plastic cups, etc.
  • There is a modest dress code for the dining room
  • In the dining room you can make your own coffee and tea. You are not allowed to take it out to your room.

Breakfast:     Fri. & Sat.7:30-8:30
                       Sunday 7:00-8:00

Lunch:            Fri. & Sat 1:00-2:00

Dinner:          Thursday. Fri. & Sat 7:00-8:00


  • Every person must keep his room clean during the weekend
  • Each person must clean up after meals
  • On Sat. night, after Shabbat, there will be a general cleaning of the building, which will include ALL volunteers. No one can leave the building until the cleaning is completed.
  • On Sunday morning your rooms must cleaned before you check out. The rooms will be checked by a staff person before you can leave on Sunday morning.
  • Twice a day cleaning of bathrooms and showers, see the schedules next to the entrance of these facilities
  • If you do not do your share of cleaning, you will not be allowed back.


  • Check-in is 3:00 pm on Thursday.
  • General Meeting at 3:30 where you will be given instructions, sheets & room assignments.
  • Saturday evening, cleaning after Shabbat.
  • Check-out is 8:00 am on Sunday.
  • Sunday A.M. cleaning before checkout.
  • Curfew-12:00 midnight. If you are not back by then, you cannot enter until 6:00 am. 

Temporary Closures This Year at Beit Oded Click here

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