The Aluma organization

The Aluma organization, founded in 1983 by the Religious Kibbutz Movement, strives for the existence of a strong and flourishing Israeli society. It is the organization's belief that through the advancement of unique groups within Israeli society – towards the acquisition of life skills, an endeavor for excellence, and integration in spheres of meaningful service, education and employment – social mobility will become possible and Israeli society as a whole, comprised of its individual components, will benefit.

Each year, Aluma provides assistance and support to approximately 20,000 young men and women between the ages of 16 and 30, from all segments of the Israeli population, offering them the opportunity of an equal ticket into mature civilian life in Israeli society. Aluma accompanies and guides these young men and women through the various crossroads characteristic of their age group – from high school through military or national service, to higher education and integration in the workforce – out of a recognition of the significance of informed decisions made at these stages of life, especially for sectors of society liable to be left behind, due to lack of resources, awareness, or motivation. Aluma encourages all young men and women participating in its programs to join circles of contribution, action and influence – and views them as partners for effecting social change.

Aluma operates in collaboration with relevant factors to achieve its goals – primarily, state institutions, out of the conviction that the country's commitment to its youth is an essential component for the success of necessary social change.

Aluma programs are divided into three branches: "Aluma for Youth," "Aluma during Service," and "Aluma for Young Adults." Each branch offers a number of programs, oriented towards various target populations, including teenagers and youth from the periphery, youth of Ethiopian descent, religious girls, and Israeli-Arab youth, among others.

Aluma provides participants in the programs with the necessary information and tools to make educated decisions, as well as mental preparation to enhance motivation and direction towards meaningful service and higher education, suitable to the special needs of the participants and corresponding to their personal preferences. Aluma programs operate in both individual and group formats, conforming to the unique characteristics of each sector of society. Aluma's certified staff instructs participants, by means of courses and professional workshops, throughout the year.

Aluma Programs:

Aluma for Youth



"Aluma for Youth" programs accompany and guide teenage boys and girls between the ages of 16 and 18, as they approach meaningful service. Aluma enables every teenager to make an individual and informed choice of service track, whether in the army or in Sherut Leumi (National Service). "Aluma for Youth" programs provide participants with relevant information, tools and skills for the transition from high school to service. "Aluma for Youth" activities include personal counselling, group sessions, summit events, conferences, workshops, collaboration with participants' families and communities, accessible information centers, courses and leadership groups.


"Aluma for Youth" Programs:


A Step Forward

Serving with Faith

Zinuk B'Aliya

Yedidut Zahala

Yedidut Zahala

Yedidut Zahala

"Yedidut Zahala" is a countrywide volunteer-based project, furthering the guidance and advancement of Israeli youth towards good citizenship and social involvement.
"Yedidut Zahala" was founded by Brigadier General (res.) Ran Ronen (Pekker), a high-ranking pilot in the Israeli Air Force. In the summer of 1992, after completing his diplomatic appointment as Israeli Consul General in Los Angeles, Ran returned to Israel, and alongside his personal affairs, commenced on a new project: mentoring groups of youth from Municipal High School 7 in Jaffa, as they progressed from ninth grade to enlistment in the IDF.
At present, 100 "Yedidut Zahala" groups operate throughout the country, from Eilat in the south to Nahariya in the north. Each group is directed by a volunteer, who meets with the group on a weekly basis for three consecutive years, as group members make their way from tenth grade to the beginning of meaningful service. During the weekly sessions, groups discuss values, such as friendship, love of one's neighbor, tolerance, importance of service, volunteering, and more. In addition, members participate in tours of national heritage sites, as well as places of cultural, industrial and historical significance throughout Israel.

"Yedidut Zahala" Goals:
1. Teaching values, Zionism, and love of the country
2. Cultivation of tolerance and social involvement
3. Cultivation of leadership
4. Teaching good citizenship and contribution to the country

Partners and contributors: Ministry of Education; IDF; International Fellowship of Christians and Jews; Matanel Foundation; private donors

A Step Forward

The "A Step Forward" program provides accompaniment and guidance to approximately 700 eleventh and twelfth-grade girls in 25 youth villages and boarding schools, as they approach meaningful military or national service. The program's activity model incorporates group workshops and personal direction, as well as supervision by a permanent counselor, who has completed meaningful service and experience working with the target population.
Each year, we conduct a pre-service summit event, offering participants direct contact with the IDF, Sherut Leumi (National Service) organizations, preparatory training programs, and youth villages throughout the country.
The program operates in 25 youth villages and boarding schools, spread throughout Israel.

"A Step Forward" goals:
1. Expanded total of girls from target population enlisted in full and meaningful service.
2. Increased optimal integration of "A Step Forward" graduates in fields of service, higher education, and employment.


Partners and contributors:

Serving with Faith

Every year, roughly 25% of the young women who graduate from religious high schools in the public school system enlist in the IDF, out of a sense of collective responsibility and solidarity with Israeli society. Religious female soldiers serve in a variety of positions, and over 10% continue in the army as officers.
In 2002, Aluma established the "Serving with Faith" program, in partnership with the Ministry of Defense and the IDF, in order to assist religious girls aspiring to meaningful military service.
As preparation for service, the program provides an initial introduction to the opportunities and challenges awaiting religious girls during service, as well as accessible, reliable and up-to-date information to religious girls and their immediate circles. In addition, the program directs the girls towards meaningful service in capacities integrating the army's needs, their personal preferences, and their religious identities.
During service, the program's staff is available at all times, and capable of offering relevant responses to any issues that may arise concerning the singular needs of religious girls serving in the army. Additionally, the program organizes seminars for female soldiers.
"Serving with Faith" activities include an accessible information center, talks at schools and open house, Gadna (Youth Battalions), seminars for undecided girls, guidance before service, seminars for female soldiers in collaboration with the Military Rabbinate, Mishlochei Manot projects, and more.
The program's staff is comprised of graduates of religious high schools and ulpanot, who served and/or are currently serving in the IDF in meaningful positions.

"Serving with Faith" goals:
1. Providing religious girls and their immediate circles with reliable and up-to-date information regarding possibilities of service in the IDF.
2. Offering assistance and support to religious girls serving in the IDF.
3. Effecting a change of perception regarding service of religious girls in the IDF.


Partners and contributors:

Zinuk B'Aliya

"Zinuk B'Aliya" is a community program designed to enhance and expand the contribution of young Israelis of Ethiopian descent to the state of Israel, through meaningful army or national service. Considering their ideal integration into Israeli society of vital significance for the establishment of social change, intended to strengthen Israeli society as a whole, the program encourages the young men and women to join centers of contribution, action and influence, while maintaining their personal and communal identities.
"Zinuk B'Aliya" focuses on providing individual solutions to youths who are candidates for military service, in order to optimally prepare them for the challenges of enlistment, thus increasing their chances of endurance in the army. Furthermore, "Zinuk B'Aliya" works with the youths' parents and families – significant factors influencing the youths' decision-making process as they approach crossroads on their journey to acquire life skills, to strive for excellence, and to become integrated in fields of meaningful service, education and employment.
At the fore of the program's activities stand the "Zinuk B'Aliya" coordinators – members of the Israeli-Ethiopian community who have completed meaningful army service and have achieved an academic degree. Coordinators serve as role models for youths of the Israeli-Ethiopian community, and his or her personal success is, quite often, a powerful stimulus. On a day-to-day basis, coordinators function as a bridge between members of the Israeli-Ethiopian community and the army and local authorities. For soldiers and their families, coordinators are a source of accessible, reliable and permanent support; for the army, they are "men (and women) on the ground," endowed by a thorough acquaintance with the Israeli-Ethiopian community.
"Zinuk B'Aliya" coordinators and the program's staff provide individual solutions to the youths, and offer every candidate for military service a suitable response for his or her needs. We view the youth's parents, as well as local authorities and the spiritual leaders of the Israeli-Ethiopian community, as partners. We learn from them, we learn with them – and together, we attempt to overcome all challenges.

"Zinuk B'Aliya" goals:
1. Preparing youth of Ethiopian descent for meaningful service and fulfillment of potential within the army.
2. Equalized service figures of youth of Ethiopian descent to those of the broader population.


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Tmura (Change) is a community program, designed to enhance and expand the contribution of young Israelis of Iranian origin and descent, through meaningful army or national service.
The program is intended for youths from Iranian families (first and second generation Israelis), during the period between their Tzav Rishon (First Notice) to the army and their release from service. The program operates throughout the country, highlighting the following regions: Holon and its surroundings (Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan, Petah Tikva, Rishon LeZion), Ashdod and its surroundings (Ashkelon and the towns in the area), and Jerusalem.
The program's target population is divided into three groups:
1. Candidates for military service – youths from the Israeli-Iranian community participate in group activities and receive individual guidance throughout the enlistment process.
2. Soldiers – "Tmura" provides personal support to Israeli-Iranian soldiers during their army service.
3. Parents/Community – "Tmura" expands circles of support for Israeli-Iranian soldiers' parents, many of whom did not service in the army, while providing individual solutions, conducting conferences, and more.

"Tmura" goals:
1. Raised recruitment percentage within the Israeli-Iranian community, especially amongst the girls.
2. Increased quota of Israeli-Iranians serving in meaningful positions in the IDF and/or Sherut Leumi (National Service).
3. Providing necessary information and tools for members of target population to overcome challenges of enlistment and service.

Partners and contributors:

A Spark for a Safe Future

"A Spark for a Safe Future" assists at-risk youth by means of individually adapted programs during service and in preparation for release from service, utilizing existing municipal services as well as creating novel frameworks to overcome challenges. The program operates continuously, from preparation for service through the service period itself, while emphasizing critical decision-making crossroads. The provided guidance offers relevant information and tools to contend with challenges in preparation for army or national service, during selection processes, during the first year of service, and in preparation for release from service and integration into civilian life.


Program Goals:

  1. Preparation for meaningful service, while equipping target populations with the requisite tools to overcome challenges during selection and service.
  2. Increased enlistment as well as fulfillment of service potential in quality positions.
  3. Decreased percentage of dropouts from service.
  4. Increased integration of program alumni in educational and professional spheres.

Partners and contributors:



Aluma during

Aluma programs for those in active service provide for both male and female soldiers during their army service, as well as male and female volunteers during Sherut Leumi (National Service). "Aluma during Service" programs offer broad professional training, providing soldiers and/or volunteers with information, tools and skills to assist them in performing their duties as efficiently as possible. In most of the programs, Aluma accompanies and guides soldiers and volunteers throughout their entire period of service, supplying them with professional and mature direction to overcome challenges of service. In addition, Aluma remains a source of support for graduates of "Aluma for Youth" programs during their service, assisting them with personal guidance when necessary, as well as through seminars and periodic meetings.


"Aluma during Service" Programs:

Morot Chayalot

מורות חיילות תרבות תורנית

Morot Chayalot Tarbut Toranit (teacher-soldiers under the supervision of the Ministry of Education's Torah Culture Department)


Morot Chayalot

The "Morot Chayalot" (teacher-soldiers) IDF unit was founded in 1951, in the spirit of David Ben-Gurion's vision of the IDF as the "people's army." Teacher-soldiers work to bridge the educational and social gaps of olim soldiers, assist special-needs students and educate students in schools, boarding schools and care facilities throughout the country. For over twenty years, Aluma has operated the "Morot Chayalot" training program on behalf of the Ministry of Education and the IDF – out of the conviction that meaningful service demands a strict selection process, professional instruction, and a training program that will help prepare teacher-soldiers for service and provide optimal guidance before and during military service.
"Morot Chayalot" goals:
1. Identification, selection and instruction of soldiers to educate students in schools and communities.

Partners and contributors:

Morot Chayalot Tarbut Toranit

Religious twelfth-grade girls often deliberate as to the framework of their impending service. The choice between meaningful service in the IDF and Sherut Leumi (National Service) in a religious civilian framework is not simple. Serving as a Mora Chayelet (teacher-soldier) allows for a combination of both options. Religious girls serving as Morot Chayalot couple personal fulfillment while completing a full army service on the one hand, and civilian and religious guidance and supervision on the other. For over twenty years, Aluma has identified, selected and trained soldiers in tracks established by the Ministry of Education's Torah Culture Department. Over the course of this period, Aluma has acquired experience and professionalism in all measures pertaining to the service of female soldiers: creating an efficient selection process, developing a unique service profile, authoring training manuals on various subjects, providing professional and personal direction for each soldier. Aluma's certified staff, which accompanies and guides twelfth-grade girls throughout the selection process, training and service as a Mora Chayelet, consists of young religious women, university graduates in educational and social fields, who served in meaningful positions in the IDF.
The service tracks offered religious Morot Chayalot are diverse: Community and Absorption Track – Instruction of children and teenagers from Israel's peripheries in schools, absorption centers, and informal education frameworks. "Green" Track – Service incorporating instruction of children and teenagers with Israeli nature and geography, in collaboration with the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, Eretz Moreshet (Country Heritage), Lotem, Neot Kedumim, and the Kfar Etzion field school. Boarding School Track – Guidance of youth groups in boarding schools, incorporating social work, personal counselling and educational assistance. Morot Chayalot live in the boarding schools, enabling them to become fully integrated within the youth groups. Each Mora Chayelet accompanies the members of her groups from the minute they wake up in the morning until they go to sleep at night.
"Morot Chayalot Tarbut Toranit" goals:
1. Identification, selection and instruction of religious female soldiers to educate and guide students in the Israeli education system.
2. Direction and pedagogical training of Morot Chayalot throughout their army service.

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"Bat-Ami" (Aluma-Emuna) promotes social change, as well as the values of mutuality and social justice, by operating volunteer-based programs of preparation for service, Sherut Leumi (National Service) programs, and post-service guidance programs. "Bat-Ami" programs place an emphasis on contribution, leadership, empowerment and action, while providing an equal opportunity for all high school graduates to serve in Sherut Leumi. Girls and boys, religious and non-religious, Jews and Arabs, olim and native Israelis, at-risk youth and youth with disabilities – all begin adult life from an equal starting point, and become integrated into the heart of Israeli society. "Bat-Ami" is a pioneer in its field, extending Sherut Leumi to additional sectors of Israeli society unable to serve in the army; for them, service in "Bat-Ami" frameworks provides a "jump-start" to adult life and an entry ticket into Israeli society. "Bat-Ami" conducts innovative volunteer programs for youths, offering assistance with enlistment and placement, as well as guidance and empowerment, while identifying areas of strength and utilizing the period of service as a dynamic force encouraging social leadership. The wide range of groups operating today within "Bat-Ami" offer a response to the diverse facets of Israeli society, as well as the challenges therein; together with many partners, we have become one of the primary forces behind change within the Israeli social ethos and perception of volunteering in Sherut Leumi!
Unique "Bat-Ami" programs:
 - 30 Sherut Leumi centers incorporating approximately 500 volunteers
 - 4 preparatory programs for members of the Ethiopian community, providing an opportunity to complete or improve bagruyot (matriculation exams) and attend educational programs on the topics of personal empowerment and community leadership
 - 300 special-needs Sherut Leumi volunteers
 - 220 at-risk teenagers integrated into Sherut Leumi, accompanied by professional and personal guidance

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Aluma programs for young adults provide accompaniment and guidance for young men and women between the ages of 20 and 30, as they make the transition the world of higher education and employment. "Aluma for Young Adults" offers individual counselling pertaining to academic tracks and scholarships, courses to improve hard and soft skills, seminars, conferences and exhibitions. Activities are conducted in cities and towns, as well as institutions of higher education. Aluma encourages every young adult in Israel to join centers of contribution, action and influence, while maintaining his or her personal values and singular ways of life.


"Aluma for Young Adults" Programs:

מיצוי השכלה גבוהה






Assorted studies indicate that improvement of socio-economic status depends, primarily, on education. At present, several significant factors hamper the ability of young adults from Israel's geographical and social peripheries to attain higher education, preventing their integration in academic studies; principally, lack of awareness to relevant programs, individual and cultural obstacles, lack of faith in personal capabilities, and non-utilization of municipal or governmental services. "Hesegim" coordinators operate in Israel's peripheries, actively identifying young adults between the ages of 20 and 30, directing them towards academic frameworks, and assisting them through the completion of the initial year of their B.A. studies.
"Hesegim" goals:
1. Raised awareness among young adults from Israel's geographical and social peripheries as to the importance of higher education as a means of individual, social and financial mobility.
2. Creation of necessary frameworks to provide accessibility to higher education.
3. Increased number of students of Israel's geographical and social peripheries successfully integrated into academic studies in adapted tracks conforming to their preferences and abilities.

Partners and contributors:


Assorted studies indicate that improvement of socio-economic status depends, primarily, on education. At present, several significant factors hamper the ability of young adults from Israel's geographical and social peripheries to attain higher education, preventing their integration in academic studies; principally, lack of awareness to relevant programs, individual and cultural obstacles, lack of faith in personal capabilities, and non-utilization of municipal or governmental services. These challenges are even more pronounced for students from the Israeli-Arab population, and constitute a major reason for the limited quantity of Arab students in academic frameworks in Israel – in stark contrast to the growing numbers of Arab students outside of Israel, especially in the Palestinian Authority and in Jordan. "Raud" coordinators operate within the Israeli-Arab community, actively identifying young adults between the ages of 18 and 30, directing them towards academic frameworks, and assisting them through the completion of the initial year of their B.A. studies.
"Raud" goals: 1. Increased number of Israeli-Arab students from geographical and social peripheries in academic frameworks. 2. Expanded accessibility of Israeli-Arab students to academic preparatory programs. 3. Providing solutions for financial obstacles, and broadening range of academic scholarships offered. 4. Adaption of unique academic programs for the needs of candidates from Israeli-Arab society.

Partners and contributors:

The Next Step

In today's competitive job market, it is well known that integration into the professional world is hardly simple – and even quite frustrating – for university and college graduates lacking work experience in their field. By means of internship programs, "The Next Step" builds bridges for university and college graduates, as they make the transition between the academic and professional worlds – after garnering experience in their field. Internships in respected professional and public institutions enable students to become integrated, during their academic studies, in positions suitable to their field of study and occupational potential, as well as acquire work experience – and a significant advantage – in the professional world. Not only do "The Next Step" participants attain quality internships, but they also receive professional-personal direction, a broad network of colleagues, and reinforce the necessary skills required in the occupational world. Together, these factors are designed to engender employment suitable to education. "The Next Step" incorporates interns from diverse social sectors – Jews and Arabs, Haredim (Ultra-Orthodox), religious and non-religious.
"The Next Step" goals: 1. Students participating in the program will acquire work experience suitable to field of study. 2. Expand students' familiarity with potential employers and colleagues. 3. Increased number of graduates employed near areas of residence. 4. Emphasize importance of hiring youths among local employers. 5. Emphasize importance of internships, and broaden utilization of practice in academic institutions.

Partners and contributors:

Application of Higher Education

One of every five university students in Israel will not complete his or her bachelor's degree. In colleges, the rate is one in four. Dropouts are especially prevalent in the fields of engineering. This situation troubles educational and administrative staffs in all academic institutions.Israeli and international studies indicate that in most cases, students who do not complete their bachelor's degrees may be typified as hailing from relatively weak socio-economic backgrounds – including first-generation university students, ethnic minorities, and members of geographical or social peripheries. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to assist these groups in realizing possibilities of advancement up the social ladder. The program will focus on students who have begun a bachelor's degree in engineering, as well as a high probability of dropping out. Program coordinators will design individual intervention plans for each student, providing solutions in several spheres: academic assistance, mental support for coping with stress and failure in tests, even financial aid if necessary. The program was founded on the initiative of the SFI Fund for Social Risk and the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation, and will be implemented by the Aluma organization in a pilot program operating in two academic institutions during the 2015-2016 academic year.


Program goals: Decreased dropout rates among students participants in the program.

Partners and contributors: SFI; Rothschild Caesarea Foundation


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