Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi Commends IDF Nativ Course

Photo: IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson

Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi attended a ceremony in Tel Aviv in honor of the Nativ Course; one of the IDF (Zahal)’s most cherished projects.

Date: 17/10/2008, 9:46 AM     Author: Adir Mor

On Thursday evening, the Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi attended a ceremony in Tel Aviv in honor of the Nativ Course; one of the IDF (Zahal)’s most cherished projects. The ceremony, which took place in Tel Aviv, was attended by commanders, course instructors and course participants.

The Nativ Course serves more soldiers each year and has a variety of purposes. Firstly, it allows immigrants and Israeli citizens who want to convert to Judaism to do so during their army service. The course teaches them about Judaism, Zionism and Israeli history, and, if wished, guides them through the conversion process. In addition, immigrants and native Israelis alike take the course in order to learn more about these topics, even if they are not seeking to convert.

Thursday’s celebration celebrated the success of the program since its opening in 1991. “I find it difficult to think of a project within the IDF (Zahal) that is more essential and more successful in its purpose than the Nativ Course,” said Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi.

3,000 IDF (Zahal) soldiers have participated in the course and it will continue to remain an integral part of the composition of the IDF (Zahal).