Safety and Security
The Shnat program is designed to maximize the safety and security of its participants at every point in the program. Considering the current realities of life in Israel, Hashomer Hatzair has added some new security procedures and restrictions to ensure the safety of the Shnat participants throughout the program. We have been running successful Israel programs by modifying the itinerary and free time procedures as necessary.
Below is a detailed description of our security policies and practices:
In the case of an emergency or any other immediate situation, the Shnat program is promptly altered in consultation with the relevant authorities. Programs and itineraries may have to be changed drastically if and when the need arises. The program coordinator will receive regular updates from the Israeli state.
The Shnat Madrich/a (Counselor) carries a cell phone at all times. The Shnat participants are encouraged to purchase their own cell phones for their time spent in Israel.
Every participant must have his/her own phone working in Israel to reach and be reached in case it is needed.
Medics and Security
All Hashomer Hatzair programs travel according to the regulations of the Education Ministry regarding medic and security personnel for tiyulim (hikes) and touring.
No individual participant will be permitted to travel through or to the West Bank, with the exception of authorized educational group tours. Travel restrictions will be subject to change and travel may be prohibited depending on the situation in Israel. All travel within the program (that is, other than free time) will be taken care of by the program, and chartered by the coordinators.
Free Weekends and Time Off
All participants of the Shnat program are required to notify the Madrich/a of their location for free weekends or any time a participant is away from the program including relevant contact information. In the event of a security alert during the period of free time, the Shnat participants must contact the Madrich/a. Please be aware that all free time throughout the program may be canceled and programmed at a moment’s notice in accordance with the security situation. If travel rules are not followed, the participant may be dismissed from the Shnat program.