Nativ: Jewish Heritage for Immigrant Soldiers

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Nativ provides immigrant soldiers with an affirmative, cross-denominational way to connect to their Jewish roots.

Nativ: Jewish Heritage Education for Immigrant Soldiers is The Jewish Agency's Jewish identity-building education program for soldiers in the IDF who are not halachically Jewish, feel disconnected from their Jewish roots,  or wish to learn more about Judaism and Zionism. Most students are immigrants from the FSU or children of FSU immigrants — brave young men and women who may experience feelings of alienation and isolation as a result of their immigration and their lack of knowledge about Jewish culture and history.  Each year The Jewish Agency’s Nativ courses in Jerusalem and Zichron Ya’akov  work with around 1,700 immigrant soldiers in an enriched 4.5-week program of learning, traveling through Israel, and sharing in observance of Shabbat and Jewish holidays.  Nativ provides immigrant soldiers with an affirmative, cross-denominational way to connect to their Jewish roots.  After completing the program, many participants choose to pursue an optional extended conversion course. 


The program operates with the partnership of the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces and the Genesis Philanthropy Group

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