UJC Israel Series Program:
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Lone Soldier:
Lunch & Learn
Friday, November 30th 12pm
What is a Lone soldier you ask… Lone Soldiers are the determined young men and women from all over the world who choose to leave the comfort of their homes and families to become proud IDF soldiers. While most soldiers are able to lean on their loved ones, Lone Soldiers have no immediate family in Israel, or a warm and loving household to come home to. FIDF’s Lone Soldier programs support these most deserving pioneers – Israel’s best ambassadors – by helping them with the various challenges they face during their journey.
Currently there are over 2,500 lone soldiers from over 60 different countries. Over 30% of the Lone soldiers currently serving are not Jewish.
To learn more about Lone soldiers and the FIDF please click the link: https://www.fidf.org/lone-soldiers
Our guest soldier for this lunch and learn decided to draft in October of 2017 into Mehva Alon for 3 months, underwent basic training and studied Hebrew. There, this soldier chose the unit they wanted to be in – a fighter in the Search and Rescue division of the Home Front Command.
In their own words: “I wanted to get there because of the rescue. It is not just about being a fighter”.
This soldier began the program of a fighter in Tavor battalion of the Search and Rescue division in March 2018: basic training for 4 months and then went into advanced training for another 4 months in which they studied rescue, nuclear – biological – chemical weapons, urban warfare and all the professions that qualify you for the role.
In October of this year, this soldier finished their qualification and went with their company to an operational occupation in Jenin.
Come hear firsthand stories of what it is like to be a lone soldier in the IDF and how the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) helps. Although they may be far from their families and countries of origin, FIDF’s Lone Soldier support aims to make sure that no Lone Soldier is ever truly alone.
Cost: $12 for non-members, no charge for members.