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Process stages

​​**Mahal cannot guarantee at any stage that you will join the IDF. Funding depends on many factors. We promise that we will do our best to help you in the process.​

​​​Initial registration with Mahal's chatbot​

 or sending an email to:

Required documents:

Passport valid for three years from the day of enlisting.

Medical form signed by a doctor (signature + stamp) – Mahal Medical Declaration – English

Original birth certificate+apostille stamp.

criminal background check+apostille stamp.

Original letter from a rabbi confirming you and at least one of your parents/grandparents are Jewish.​

You will be summoned for a personal interview at Machal offices in Tel Aviv (Social Security Department).
Please bring the documents mentioned in section 1 above to this interview – 1 original + 2 copies.

The Jewish Agency will review your documents and confirm whether you are eligible for Aliyah.

Ministry of the Interior: On a day to be determined in advance, you will arrive at the Ministry of the Interior and receive a residence permit in your passport that allows you to stay in Israel during your military service.

First call-up: On a day determined in advance, you will go to the recruitment office where you will undergo the tests, interviews and medical examinations required by the IDF.

​Preparatory program: A four-week preparatory program for the IDF, under boarding conditions, together with other participants (relevant to the Machal-Nachal program only).

The program's objectives are: improving your Hebrew, physical and mental preparation for the army, enrichment classes on Israel and the IDF. The preparatory program is a screening stage, and in order to enlist through Machal, you must pass the program successfully.

At the end of the program you will enlist in the IDF!​