Pre Army-Service Academy for Religious Women
We believe that every religious young woman should be a full member of Israeli society and fulfill her obligations as an equal Israeli citizen. However, a religious woman who decides to enlist in the IDF still sees herself as part of two minorities; a woman, in what is viewed as a man’s world, and a religious person in a secular environment.
Mechinat Tzahali, in memory of Tamar Ariel, that was founded in 2006 and Tzahali’s Midereshet Roni, which opened in 2017, aim to strengthen the students’ religious identity. It also empowers them as women, increases their awareness of and openness for the diversity of Israeli society, and aids them to subsequently assume significant roles as women in Israel without losing their religious identity.
Tzahali has helped break through a “glass ceiling” in the army. It is changing the way the army views religious women in the IDF as its graduates serve meaningfully in a range of different units. There are now about 550 alumni (with about 90 added each year) and 25% have served as officers in the IDF.
Roni is expanding the opportunities we can offer young religious women. They choose their army service from a number of special units, serve together, and support one another.