To Whom it May Concern – First, I apologize for sending this email again, as I sent it once through the “contact us” link on your web-site. My question is timely and I need a quick response.
I am the principal in a school and we are planning a 10 day trip to Israel. One of my students holds two passports one American and one Israeli. He was born in Azerbajan and is currently 18 years old.
His parents are born Russians who came to the US in 1995, and made aliyah in 2004, stayed in Israel for 10 weeks and came back to the USA, where they now reside for the past 8 years and are dual citizens. He was 10 years old when his family lived in Israel.
He has gone to the embassy and has tried to renounce his Israeli citizenship and they told him the paperwork would take a year to take effect. He tried to get a student deferment but that would take at least month.
The school is going on a trip to Eretz Yisroel on January 16th through the 27th.
Is there a way that he can go to Eretz Yisroel and not be held back to go to the army? Is there anything we can do at this late juncture to help him out? Does he legally have a certain amount of days that he is allowed to visit the country without a problem?
Please let me know as the trip is right around the corner and I would need to cancel the ticket if he cannot go.\
Thanks so much for your time on his and our behalf, Rabbi Idstein 301-649-7077 ext. 1528