Haredim in Service
Every Israeli citizen at age 18 has to serve the country, either through the army or through national service. While the Haredim have typically been notoriously against conscription, recently, more and more Haredim are either joining the army or participating in National Service. For many Haredim who choose to serve, this is the first time in their lives that they are interacting with general Israeli society and meeting Jews who are different than them. Gesher works with these Haredim to prepare them to encounter this new environment. Gesher also works with the non-Haredi commanders and soldiers in those units to introduce them to Haredi society and give them a sense of Haredi culture and lifestyle.