In cooperation with the Czech Embassy in Tel Aviv, we are happy to present you a very special exhibition "Only the Wind Whispering" by young Czech artist Wlasta Laura. This photography project maps the young Czech volunteers in IDF and their Israeli friends who were in the mandatory full time army service in the same time while Czechs were volunteering.
Wlasta Laura is a visual artist specialized in photography. She was born in Znojmo, Czech Republic in October 1994, this last year was living in Israel. She graduated with master's of arts management at Masaryk university and now continues her art education at Institut of Creative photography, Silesian university in Opava. Laura exhibited in various group exhibitions and her photos were featured in magazines such as online Vogue Italia etc. Her photos are described as photos which could not be taken by any man. They take you to the magical world full of emotions and colors. Each photo shows a different fragility of the present moment. Nowadays so rare.
Sar-El (Hebrew: שר-אל; lit. The National Project for Volunteers for Israel or Service for Israel), is a non-profit service organization, subordinate and under the direction of the Israeli Logistics Corps, for Israeli citizens living abroad, and who now wish to finalize their status with the military. The program is also open to non-Israeli citizens who wish to participate in a service program akin to national service, without enlisting in the Israeli Defense Forces. The program usually consists of three weeks of volunteer service on different rear army or air force bases, doing non-combative work. The program also has one and two week service periods. In the case of non-Israelis, they must be aged 17 years or older (or 15 if accompanied by a parent), and in the case of Israeli citizens, they must be 30 years of age or older, and have for some reason or another not completed their national service requirement.
The association was founded in spring 1983. Aharon Davidi, an Israeli general, was invited to be the first director of the organisation. Most of the volunteers arrived in Israel as part of the organization from the United States and from France. Volunteers are employed in a few weeks the IDF workshops – usually related jobs in maintenance and Logistics. Since its inception and up through the end of 2018, the Sar-El volunteer project has brought in over 160,000 volunteers, providing broad logistical support to the I.D.F. throughout the country.