Israeli IDF soldiers stand together with Israeli flags waving behind them
Credit: Toa Heftiba

From the JN Staff

Get an insider’s view of the lifestyle, culture, and pulse of Israel. Spend one or more weeks living and working on an IDF base alongside Israelis and volunteers from around the world.

Volunteers for Israel (VFI) partners with the Israeli organization Sar-El to process and prepare Americans to volunteer on Israel Defense Forces (IDF) supply and logistics bases. Sar-El is an acronym for the Hebrew words Sherut L’Yisrael (Service to Israel).

There are several types of volunteer program options.

The basic Sar-El Program can be 1, 2 or 3 weeks living, and working, on an army base, performing non-combat tasks.  The program begins on Sunday morning and ends in the afternoon on Thursday each week. On weekends, participants are free and can travel within Israel.

VFI now offers three ways to volunteer on an IDF Army Base with Sar El and to also tour Israel with a professional Israeli guide, including trips to archaeological digs and unusual, off-the-beaten-path sites.

Kosher meals, lodging and work clothes are provided to volunteers on all IDF bases.  Volunteers pay for transportation to and from Israel and for weekends or for VFI Plus touring expenses.

There is space available on all 2019 programs.

For more information, contact Carol Kent or Ed Kohl at, call (248) 420-3729 or visit,