gpg grants israel

Grants in Israel



NATIV is an impactful educational program that aims to enhance the Jewish identity of soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

The course curriculum, focused on Jewish Heritage and Israeli culture, is based on pluralistic approach integrating positive Jewish experience with academic studies. The program is enriched by outdoor activities, educational weekend seminars, volunteering in the community and personal interaction with host families. 

The target audience of the program is FSU immigrants serving in the IDF, and soldiers who are not considered Jewish accordang to Halacha, but who are interested in Judaism, Zionism and Israel's culture and history. The program also provides assistance to soldiers considering conversion.

Since 2001, more than 22,000 soldiers have participated in the Nativ program, with the majority of students successfully completing this difficult process.
Nativ is the first large-scale program of Genesis Philanthropy Group in Israel. With GPG's support, the program has become more stable and effective over the years.In 2011, Nativ was brought under a unified umbrella of programs that supports educational projects for the IDF.

Nativ is funded by the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel, Genesis Philanthropy Group, Friends of the IDF, the Jewish Agency for Israel,the Jewish Federations of Hartford, Jacksonville, Metrowest New Jersey and Syracuse.

Goals and Objectives

  • Strengthen the Jewish identity of immigrant soldiers and their connection to the State of Israel and to Jewish cultural heritage.
  • Assist IDF soldiers interested in undertaking the conversion process.
  • Organize educational programs for immigrant soldiers related to Judaism and Israeli culture.

Current Grants

Past Grants