Join The IDF
Join The IDF (in development) has a mission to be on the front lines recruiting for the Jewish Army and Sherut Leumi (Israel National Service). This initiative is planning to create the first ever, “Join The IDF” & “Service for Your Family, the Jewish People” posters.
When you get a young Jew to care for the Jewish People, you connect him to his People for life. Ideally, it will become normative for ever Jewish young adult in the Diaspora to come to Israel for at least a year of service before or after college by committing to Israeli National Civil Service (Sherut Leumi), or the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). With this new program, there can be a paradigm shift in Diaspora Jewish culture, where a significant percentage of our youth have new Jewish immersion experiences, maturity and leadership skills gained from these programs. There is a worrisome trend among Jews today who see Israel as a nation for Israelis, and not as the Homeland of the Jewish People. This initiative can go a long way in reinvigorating the waning soul of Diaspora Jewry.
When the Jewish People were about to enter the Land of Israel, the Tribes of Reuven & Gad requested that they be given property on the other side of the Jordan to reside. Moshe responded that they could with the provision that they had a duty to fight in Israel before choosing to settle outside the Land. Moshe feared that these Tribes wouldn’t have the merit of fulfilling the mitzvah of defending Jewish lives and Milkhemet Mitzvah because they would become too complacent while living in Chutz L’Aretz. Join The IDF would like the opportunity to present the same beautiful Torah concept that is still relevant today for all young Jews internationally.
Jesse was born and raised in West Hartford, Connecticut. At 18, Jesse made Aliyah to join the IDF, where he then spent a decade serving Israel and the Jewish people. In his 10 years of service Jesse held several command positions, including Company Commander, and ultimately retired from the IDF holding the rank of Captain. During his service Jesse also attained a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Bar Ilan University. Upon completion of service in June 2013, Jesse enrolled in a specialized graduate program at Hebrew University, and is currently pursuing his master’s in Public Policy with the goal of continuing to serve his country at the governmental level. Jesse currently resides in Tel Aviv.
Corey attended Scarsdale High School in Westchester NY and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 with a degree in political science. As a Zionist with a strong belief in the fact that when push comes to shove, only Jews will always be there to defend Jews, he fulfilled a childhood dream and enlisted in the IDF. In 2013 Corey completed his service in Orev Givati, a reconnaissance unit within the Givati brigade specializing in anti-tank warfare, and he is now holds the rank of Staff Sergeant in the IDF reserves.