Lone Soldiers are Never Alone!
The Lone Soldier Center was founded in memory of Michael Levin z”l, an American-born lone soldier who fell fighting in Lebanon in 2006. Michael’s passion for the State of Israel led him on a path to defend the country and, unfortunately, gave his life protecting Israel. Harriet Levin, Michael’s mother, will be coming to Congregation B’nai Tikvah to speak about how her son’s death in the Lebanon war was not in vain and the formation of the Lone Soldier Center. Come hear her inspiring story and how we can support other Lone Soldiers whose passion to defend the State of Israel as the Jewish Homeland takes them on a path of commitment…but need to learn they are never alone.
The Lone Soldier Center was created in 2009 by a group of Michael’s friends, former lone soldiers, following through on a dream of Michael’s – to create a body to assist, feed, connect and care for lone soldiers in the IDF. Today they are making his dream a reality; the Lone Soldier Center provides lone soldiers with meals, support, advice, housing and the family and community they are missing.
There are currently over 7,000 lone soldiers from around the world serving in the IDF. Three groups of young people are classified as lone soldiers by the State of Israel: new immigrants from abroad, Mahal volunteers (Jewish youth who volunteer for IDF duty for 18 months), and Israeli-born lone soldiers primarily from Ultra-Orthodox backgrounds who have no family or have been disowned. While their fellow soldiers and Israeli society can rely on loving parents to house them, provide meals, do laundry, help with finances, and just as crucially, provide for the emotional needs of the young men and women tasked with defending the state, no such resources exist for lone soldiers. The Lone Soldier Center’s staff and hundreds of volunteers work very hard to build this family and provide for many of the basic off-base needs of lone soldiers. They do this to ensure the soldiers will be included, supported and succeed in adjusting to life in Israel.
Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect- https://bnaitikvah.org/event/lone-soldiers/
Sponsor: The Jewish Federation in the Heart of NJ and Congregation B'nai Tikvah