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News Brief

  2/3/2013, Shevat 23, 5773

Record High: 241 New Hareidim in Volunteer Service


A new monthly record for members of the hareidi-religious community joining the national volunteer service was set in January, when 241 hareidim entered the Civil Service Guard (Sherut Ezrachi Mishmar), a temporary program approved by the government a few weeks ago to absorb 1,300 hareidim into volunteer service by August 1st, or the enactment of a new law regarding regulation of hareidi participation in national service. January marked the first month of enlistment since the end of the Tal Law, which used to regulate hareidi service until it was struck down by the Supreme Court.

Participants will volunteer in such fields as welfare, health, public safety, the environment and government offices, among other things. When they complete their service they will be exempt from the military draft and eligible for a one-time grant similar to those received by newly-discharged soldiers but not be eligible for other benefits available to the soldiers.