We studied the impact of the service experience on participants in two programs for voluntary national service in Israel. Shlomit is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1993, which serves a cross section of Israeli society whose volunteers include Jewish and Arab men and women, religiously observant and secular, who have been excused from military service in the Israel Defense Forces but wish to volunteer for civic service for periods of one to two years. The Jerusalem Municipal Department for Community Service fields approximately 220 volunteers per year in social welfare and educational nongovernmental organizations in Jerusalem. The majority of the volunteers were ultra-orthodox Jewish women.
Funding Partner: Ford Foundation
Reuven Gal, 2002-2004 CSD research fellow