web analytics
November 28, 2014 / 6 Kislev, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
IDC Herzliya Campus A Day on Campus

To mark IDC Herzliya’s 20th anniversary, we spent a day following Prof. Uriel Reichman, IDC’s founder and president, and Jonathan Davis, VP for External Relations, around its delightful campus.



WE WANT YOU!

30% of Religious-Zionist Girls Join IDF, and the IDF Needs More

The IDF wants more Religious-Zionist girls to sign up, and is planning on taking steps to make the IDF more attractive for them.
Female IDF soldiers lighting Chanukah candles.

Female IDF soldiers lighting Chanukah candles.
Photo Credit: Nati Shohat/FLASH90

Approximately 30% of young women who graduate from Religious-Zionist High Schools go on to join the IDF, according to a report in Makor Rishon. From the remainder, the majority do a year or two of National Service.

Among the general population, 42% of women don’t join the IDF.

For the IDF Manpower Division, 30% of the Religious-Zionist women simply just isn’t enough, and they are looking for ways to significantly increase that number.

The primary fears among Religious-Zionist women is that IDF service is incompatible with a religious life-style, alongside the longstanding stereotype that one of the primary missions of women in the IDF is to make coffee for the officers.

The IDF plans to take steps to make IDF service more attractive to incoming Religious-Zionist girls, including opening new IDF career paths, making sure their religious rights are guaranteed, ensuring prayer times, the option to wear skirts instead of pants, and trying to group Religious-Zionist recruits together, so they’ll feel more comfortable.

In addition, according to the plan, Religious-Zionist girls may be given the option to appear before a special religious committee to change units, and potentially, to even opt out of the army, if they find their current unit, or the IDF as a whole, to disparate and incompatible with their religious lifestyle.

The IDF wants to ensure that there will be Halachic oversight for Religious-Zionist women, and be able to handle any questions or problems that may arise for them.

The IDF is even making a point of letting Religious-Zionist girls know they’d be getting important jobs, and won’t end up making coffee for someone.

In 2011, 1,500 Religious-Zionist young women went to the IDF, in 2012 that number rose to 1,800.

A survey done by “Aluma” of Religious-Zionist women serving in the IDF found that 85% of them felt that the IDF service did not negatively affect their religiosity, and some even found their Judaism strengthened by their IDF service.

The IDF can do that for that you.

Photo by: Matan Hakimi /IDF Spokesperson / Flash 90

Photo by: Matan Hakimi /IDF Spokesperson / Flash 90

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

6 Responses to “30% of Religious-Zionist Girls Join IDF, and the IDF Needs More”

  1. YOU MEAN BEN WENT SECTION 8 AGAIN SAID HELPER SARAH LOL LEANING TOWARDS A RABBIPASTOR CARPENTER AND MARY THE FIRST FEMALE RABBI=WHAT THE HELL LOL

  2. Interesting article. I read this in our local Jewish newspaper the Jewish Cronicle. I had neices and cousins in the IDF.

  3. Herb Portnoy says:

    God bless you all!….wish I were young enough to join the IDF

  4. Carlos Font says:

    God bless you too, Mr. Portnoy. As an ex- USN pilot I share your wishes, I recoiled at the idea of women in the service
    at first but have since modified my opinion: No combat, not in ships and definitely not in fighter planes..It is not that they are not capable; I just don't want these sweet, young future mothers getting. killed. Thank you.

  5. God bless these girls!!

  6. It's a tragedy when sweet, young future young future mothers get killed or disfigured, but it's JUST AS much a tragedy when sweet future fathers do!

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry .
NYT Ignores US Condemnation of PA Incitement, Prints Info on Ferguson Cop
Latest News Stories
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry .

The NYT published sensitive info on a Ferguson cop — but ignored a US condemnation of terror.

It's business as usual as Gazans repair the tunnels used to smuggle in the long-range rockets that hit Tel Aviv.

Some of these Gazan tunnels were estimated to have cost $3 million to construct, but will they sustain continued flooding by rain and sewer water?

IDF Chief Rabbi Rafi Peretz delivers lecture.

“Ninety percent of them [Arabs] don’t know what is written in the Kuran.”

Soldiers start asking questions after Arab sniper narrowly misses killing Jewish motorist on Highway 60, south of Jerusalem.

“Lone wolves” trying to murder Jews are popping up too frequently.

The Gurlitt Museum promises all looted art will be returned to the rightful owners.

Liberal Jews are for tolerance until they also have to be tolerant.

Israeli Shayetet 13 Naval commandos discovered a wounded fellow swimmer in the water, while they were doing a training exercise on Thursday morning. The commandos helped and treated the dolphin until a marine animal doctor could arrive to help it further. By the way, the temperature in Israel was between 52-66 degree Fahrenheit on Thursday, […]

A pre-Thanksgiving speech for Americans. Obama, are you listening?

“You’ve been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army.”

Murderers have upgraded their weapons from rocks and firebombs to guns.

Thanksgiving is an American secular holiday that most Jews have no problem celebrating due to its lack of overt religious symbols (unlike the American holidays right before and after it). Still, there are always holdouts for some reason or another. Let’s hear what you do…

Maybe he thought those white hoods are prayer shawls although they are closer to being burkas.

As the expression goes, “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.”

Hamas snipers fired from Gaza at an IDF routine patrol operating along the security fence early afternoon on Thursday. No injuries were reported, and the vehicle was damaged. The IDF responded with an artillery shell aimed at the source of fire.

Jacob Richman found this amusing mistake in the store. Do we eat these “extra crispy” soap nuts, or wash the dishes with them?

For every terrorist cell Israel announces it has captured, there are many more kept under wraps.

More Articles from Shalom Bear
Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Chaim Koren presents his credentials to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at the presidential palace in Cairo.

Egypt’s al-Sisi is in an expansionist mood. He wants Israel’s permission to take over Judea and Samaria.

Netanel Roi Arami

The police fought hard to not have it revealed that Netanel Arami was murdered in a Petach Tikva terror attack, but now a court has lifted the gag order…

The students were attacked as they walked back from Friday night prayers.

Cleared for publication: Security forces have determined that the hit and run near El Aroub in Gush Etzion was a terror attack and not a traffic accident.

Israel is not cooperating with William Schabas’s attempt to write the Goldstone 2 report.

The majority of Israelis know who is responsible for the violence and rioting in Jerusalem.

Not getting a reaction from the first part of her bleating tirade, Zoabi then moves onto the Holocaust…

Video: MK Shuli Moalem was visiting the Temple Mount when she was accosted by Muslim women, one of whom physically attacked her.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/30-of-religious-zionist-girls-join-idf-but-the-idf-wants-more/2014/01/24/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: