Yaacov Herzog Center

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Tzahali Academy, a one year pre-army Academy for religious women, prepares them for meaningful army service and to subsequently play significant roles in society at large.  Your contribution energizes us as it enables us to continue developing the Academy as an institute of Torah learning and Women empowerment.

Tzahali Academy is completing its 11th year in June 2017. It was the first of its kind in Israel.  It has grown from 18 cadets in its first year to over 70 cadets on two campuses.  Our plans are for Tzahali to double the number of women attending the Mechina over the next 5 years.  In September 2017 over 100 women will be participating in three groups to start year 12.

Tzahali has helped break through a "glass ceiling" in the army.  It is changing the way that religious women serve in the army, as its graduates serve meaningfully in many different types of units.  Of the approximately 470 Tzahali graduates about 25% have served as commanders in the IDF.  Tzahali is also at the forefront of a cultural change for religious women as over the last ten years the number of religious women serving in the army has doubled.

Donations in any amount will help us continue to develop the Academy

$500 will help us buy Sefrai Kadosh (Jewish books) for the library

$2,500 will help subsidize tuition for a woman from a family of lesser means attend the Academy

$5,000 will sponsor a multi day Sidrah (educational experiential excursion)


About Us


The Yaacov Herzog Center for Jewish Studies (YHC), founded by the Religious Kibbutz Movement has brought value added to Israel for almost 30 years.  We are an educational center which focuses on bringing different sectors of people in Israel together, from teenagers through senior citizens, with the goal of understanding one another better and cultivating a more respectful society.  Our role has become more significant, especially in the current climate, because we are the voice of a more moderate Religious Zionist approach the values humanism, mutual respect, and pluralism.  We are a connector between different segments of Israeli society as there is no commitment to a specific type of Jewish lifestyle required.

Our four main programmatic areas are:

1)  Multiple types of educational offerings open to the general public both at our Ein Tzurim campus (on the border of the Negev and the Southern coastal plain) and at many offsite settings

2)  Batei Midrash for university students, women, emerging leaders (Reshut Rabim), young adults (Kedma), and social networks (SAFA)

3)  A variety of seminars for high school students on Jewish identity, leadership, religious/secular dialogue and experience, and values clarification.  Activities are on our campus, at youth villages, and schools throughout the country

4)  Tzahali - a one year pre-army Academy for religious women to prepare them for meaningful army service and to subsequently assume significant roles in Israeli society at large

Each week, the YHC convenes hundreds of people (over 7,000 unique participants annually) of all ages – religious, traditional and secular, from urban and rural communities – at its Kibbutz Ein Tzurim campus and at sites throughout the country to study together in a tranquil and inclusive atmosphere that respects the different traditions and cultures of all participants.  These students go forth from our classrooms into Israeli society to voice and spread this special message of respect and understanding from the country's southern periphery to the wider public throughout the country.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Gary Coleman
Director of Resource Development
Email: garyc@merkazherzog.org.il
Mobile: +972 58-769-4944

Our Website: www.merkazherzog.org.il

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