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How can a Ben Mehagrim avoid enlistment in the army while visiting Israel?

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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


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Hello iam 21 year old male born in south africa and living in south africa my parents are both jewish, only my father was born in israel my mother in morocco we live in south africa and i have visited israel when i was little and also 4 years ago for 2months

I now want to go on a program with MasaIsrael its a program 5-10 months long and many jews from around the world go on it , i would love to do it as well but i was told by the embasy here that i am Ben mehagriem , and i need to stay in israel for 5-10 months but benmehagriem only allows me 3 months i believe

in the masaprogram there is MARVA pre army program, i wanted to do it also and see if i like it i could join the army and do some service so i dont know if its good to do ptor ?

So what can i do about this ?


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I spoke to an Israeli friend of mine who says that a Ben Mehagrim which this boy seems to be can get a Ptur from the army that allows him 3 months in Israel a year, and also a 3 year consecutive run without needing to enlist in the army. My friend will give me the number tomorrow whom to call but basically you have to register him for this Ptur, it can be don over the phone.

Hope this helps!


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