Beit Ruth and INDC Partner for Social Consciousness
“It’s encouraging to see so many people giving purely from their own hearts to society’s weakest links. Being a young victim of family violence and abuse puts you in such a hopeless, helpless situation.”
In Israel, a tiny country in a region characterized by perpetual conflict, national security is a paramount consideration. Israel’s iconic IDF (Israel Defense Forces) are revered by militaries around the world for their innovation, tact, and discipline. But what many people may not know is that the IDF is also very much invested in producing socially-conscious and educated military leaders as part of its holistic perspective on “national security” , and what that truly entails for the State of Israel.
Last week, Beit Ruth was honored to host Colonel “Y”., a senior officer in the Israeli Air Force, who is currently enrolled at the Israeli National Defense College. The College aims to prepare high-ranking representatives from the IDF and other public service sectors for duties at the political-strategic level. As part of their training and education, the program involves field-visits to public service institutions with the aim of broadening high-ranking officials’ understanding of Israeli society as it relates to national security.
On a long list of potential sites to visit, which included jails, police headquarters, and hospitals among others, Beit Ruth stood out to IAF Colonel Y.
“I was interested in how Israel’s conceptualization of National Security combines socialism and solidarity. Understanding each sector of our society, their strengths and their difficulties is as important as military technologies when talking about Israeli national security. It’s a different perspective and an equally important concept of protecting the State of Israel”.
Y. spent the day at Beit Ruth Educational and Therapeutic Village speaking with staff, interacting with the girls, and hearing firsthand about the struggles of some of Israel’s most vulnerable young women from the peripheries of society.
“It’s encouraging to see so many people giving purely from their own hearts to society’s weakest links. Being a young victim of family violence and abuse puts you in such a hopeless, helpless situation. It’s inspiring to meet so many people who have dedicated their lives to caring for these girls and to giving them a solution”.
Y's time at Beit Ruth, he notes, will have a lasting impact on his military career.
“As you move up through the ranks, you have more and more young soldiers serving under you. Having perspective on the issues facing young people today better prepares you as an effective leader”.
On a more sophisticated level, he continues, understanding the struggles and the needs of the different sectors of the society you serve allows you to be a more effective decision-maker and strategist.
“You need to view national security through a wider lens and consider the needs of society as they relate to security, strategy, and political decision-making”.
Our mutual relationship with the IDF is important to Beit Ruth, a sentiment echoed by Col. Y.
“The IDF is the ultimate melting pot of people from every sector of Israeli society. It is a launching pad for changing yourself and for changing your society”.
With many of our residents continuing on to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces Beit Ruth is proud to have developed such meaningful and impactful connections with IDF personnel.