זה הדבר הכי לא מובן מאליו שאתם יכולים לקרוא ביום שכזה....
בצד השני של העולם, יש מי שבוחר לעזוב את הנוחות של הבית ולעבור לישראל במטרה להתגייס לצה"ל. גם בימים כאלו. דווקא בימים כאלו. הרבה מהם בני ישראלים. הרבה מהם בשכבה הבוגרת של הצופים בארה"ב.
בכתבה הנ"ל חלקם כותבים על תהליך ההכנה שלהם. על המחשבות, ההרגשות, התחושות. לקראת הפרידה מהמשפחה. לקראת ההתחלה החדשה.
גרעין צבר הינה תכנית תמיכה בחיילים בודדים. זו היא תכנית ההגשמה של תנועת הצופים בצפון אמריקה, זו היא תכנית הגשמה לא רק עבור הצופים. זו תכנית שצריכה להיות מקור גאווה לכולנו.
הם, מי שבוחר את הבחירה הזו – הם מקור הגאווה של כולנו.
(Ran) This all started half a year ago.. I decided that I wanted to join the IDF after high school. I knew that the only way I was willing to join was through garin tzabar. My name is Ran Chetrit, from cherry hill New Jersey. Grew up mostly in America but always had an Israeli mindset and mentality. My dream when I grow up is to live in Israel with my family. I know I can't do that without first protecting my country. Garin tzabar is a tzofim organization that helps kids that are interested to join the IDF, to do it in the easiest, best way possible. They hold 4 seminars in America before we even get to Israel. This really helps us see that we are never alone even when so far from Israel. The first seminar was in January. We were all complete strangers but with the help of our garin adviser they helped us become a true family. In the 4 seminars we do a lot of activities, group discussions, and one on one talks, to help us decide if this is really what we want to do. Garin tzabar helps us with everything we could possibly need. We live in a kibbutz. We have ulpan to sharpen our Hebrew. They help us with every step until we enlist. Even help us get our dream job in our army service. Along with the army help, they make us Israeli citizens from day one. This is something I couldn't pass up. This whole process is something I knew a pretty good amount of. Last year my sister Noy Chetrit joined the IDF and did it through garin tzabar. Seeing her enjoy every moment brought such joy to me. I remember thinking to myself. If she's having this much fun, I have to do this just like her.
(Amit) In school, all my friends would talk about were college essays, college applications and how good it would feel to be in college already. I applied to college like most of my class did. However, for me it wasn't a done deal. I wasn't sure whether I wanted to go to college or serve in the Israeli army next year. It was already March and I was still confused.
I walked into the hotel where the second GarinTzabar seminar took place, expecting it to be like the first one. I was pleasantly surprised when I figured out that every seminar dealt with a different aspect ofGarin Tzabar; this one was about the army. It was the first time I heard what enlisting in the Israeli army would be like from truly reliable sources: an army officer and Israeli army veterans. As my fellow GarinTzabar members and I heard about the enlisting process and the everyday life of a soldier, all I could think about was that I couldn’t wait to be a soldier. I got more and more excited with every bit of new information I learned in that seminar. That was when I knew Garin Tzabar was the place for me.
(Gal) As a girl raised with Israeli culture living in New York, I sometimes felt like I didn’t belong in my American environment. But I was always at homewhenever I visited my family in Israel. As a kid, I knew that I wanted to move to Israel and live there once I was old enough.
Serving in the Israeli Defense Force is a part of living in Israel, and I want to fight for the land that I’ll be calling home like others who were born there. I remember visiting my cousin when she was in the army, and she looked amazing in her uniform. I could feel how proud she was to help protect her country and although I lived in America my whole life, I wanted to do something great and protect a beautiful place that is home to my entire family and friends.
Besides the desire to defend Israel, I also think that going to the army will help me learn more about myself, become a more independent person, and understand what it’s like to be a part of a bigger community. All my life I’ve lived comfortably knowing that my parents would always be there to help me with anything I needed, but being in Israel with myGarin members as my new family will push me to think for myself and be more responsible. I’m excited for this new chapter of my life and I’m glad I’ll be able to share my experience with my Garin family.
(Ido) Throughout high school and my teen years, time never seemed to pass by fast enough. Now, as Iwait for my flight, time can’t seem to slow down for me. Life goes by so fast and I don’t know how to handle it. It’s hard to think that in a few weeks, I will be in Israel with many new faces. I’ll be missing everything that’s back home in America.
It’s hard to leave siblings, parents, and even friends that have been with you all throughout your childhood knowing that the next few years will be different without them. It’s definitely hardest to leave those you love most, even if it’s temporary, but it’s always good to remind yourself how nothing is ending,something new is just beginning. Those people that have always been there for you still are there when you need them. What’s important is to spend time with those you love before the flight, doing things that are worth it. Make memories that you will never forget. Leaving is tough, but that doesn’t mean you need to be sad, remember to be happy that new things and people will come into your life.
(Eyal) Throughout the seminars that started in January, the Garin members had to fill out what seemed to be an endless amount of paper work. Many of us applied for Aliyah by choice while some had to. Aliyah helps many people saving them money, extra paper work and time. The process of Aliyah starts by opening a file in the Nefesh B’nefesh website, then filling papers that include doctor’s exams and letters from work. After the online application is filled, there is an interview with a representative from the Jewish Agency. They review your files and ask questions about you and your family. Some of the questions from my interview were “Why do you want to go the army?” or “How do you feel about leaving?” After the interview they send the application to Israel where it’s reviewed by ministry of interior. If the case is approved they send you an email or phone call to let you know of your benefits.
In about two weeks, I will be leaving my home. Many people may see it as a period to do things for the last time, for example, spending time with your parents. I also see it as a period of preparation before leaving. It’s sad to leave but I know that I’m going somewhere to accomplish a goal. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to share my experience with the people closest to me back home, but I will build a new home with my fellow Garin members and share my experiences with them. I also really look forward to leaving completely by myself; I’ve always looked for independence in my life and I think moving to a different country away from my family will push me outside of my comfort zone. If there is anything that’s pushing me forward, it’s knowing that I have friends and family that will help me.