The Aluma – for Social Involvement and for Jewish Identity organization was founded in 1983 by the Religious Kibbutz Movement, out of a commitment to the existence and prosperity of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. Aluma encourages young men and women from underrepresented populations in centers of influence within Israeli society, to join circles of action and contribution, while maintaining their unique values and lifestyles. By providing information, advice, and guidance, Aluma helps these young men and women acquire the necessary life skills for the pursuit of excellence, as well as optimal integration into the fields of meaningful service, higher education, and education befitting employment.
Aluma leads several programs aimed to make higher education more accessible in 60 settlements in Arab, Druze, and Circassian communities; conducts programs to reduce the number of dropouts from studies in the exact sciences at five academic institutions; and promotes internships at fifteen academic institutions. In all, 46% of participants in Aluma programs for youth are members of Arab society.