All Lone Soldiers that made Aliyah are entitled to support from the NBN/FIDF Lone Soldiers Program. Nefesh B’Nefesh provides the following:
- Navigating the army bureaucracy
- Keeping in regular contact and providing emotional support
- Financial assistance
- Finding adoptive families
- Providing hosts for Shabbat and holidays
- Sending care packages throughout the year
- Pre- and Post-Aliyah guidance
If you have any questions, or are interested in signing up for the Lone Soldiers Program, feel free to email [email protected].
To learn more about the NBN/FIDF Lone Soldiers Program, please visit their website by clicking here.
The Lone Soldier Center
The Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin provides lone soldiers with Shabbat meals, housing, furniture and social events.
Michael Levin was a lone soldier who moved to Israel after his high school graduation, and fell defending Israel in the Second Lebanon War in 2006. Michael was home visiting his family in Philadelphia when the war broke out, and immediately flew back to Israel to rejoin his unit.
The Center provides lone soldiers with apartments, beds, kitchen ware, blankets, heaters, and other basic home appliances. On Jewish and national holidays the Center hosts meals and social events for large groups of lone soldiers. The Center hosts Shabbat meals for over 300 lone soldiers each month. The Center’s staff is also available 24 hours a day to help lone soldiers in need of help.
The Center provides lone soldiers with guidance and support before, during, and after their IDF service. The Center gives lone soldiers a place to call home.
For more information about the Center, please visit their website — The Lone Soldier Center.
Friends of the IDF (FIDF)
The FIDF initiates and helps support educational, social, cultural, and recreational programs & facilities for the young men and women soldiers of Israel who defend the Jewish homeland. The FIDF also supports the families of fallen soldiers. Moreover, the FIDF provides lone soldiers with flights to visit their families abroad every year. This past year, the FIDF funded flights for 85 lone soldiers. The FIDF also coordinates the Impact program, providing thousands of academic scholarships for former IDF combat soldiers. They also coordinate various projects to help IDF soldiers and their families. For example, this past year, the FIDF provided these services:
- FIDF supported over 400 Ethiopian-Israeli soldiers through the Amir program, assisting them with their successful integration into the IDF.
- FIDF’s Sunday Culture program funded the attendance of 1,246 soldiers at concerts, art exhibits, plays, dance performances, film screenings, and lectures.
- FIDF sponsored 37 SPIRIT weeks, enabling 19,014 combat soldiers to enjoy a vacation week at the R&R facilities in Ashkelon and Givat Olga.
- FIDF assisted over 15,549 soldiers in-need as part of the DIGNITY program with critical aid for basic appliances and furniture, food vouchers, special grants, and holiday gift vouchers. Of these, about 4,000 were Lone Soldiers.
- FIDF sponsored 35 battalions through the Adopt a Battalion program, enabling them to enjoy fun and sports days, conduct unit ceremonies, and celebrate Jewish holidays together.
- FIDF LEGACY program for families of fallen soldiers supported 70 widows and 80 orphans through weeks of R&R around Israel. In addition, the LEGACY program hosted 98 Bar / Bat Mitzvah children from bereaved families at summer camps in the U.S. During this period, it also brought 40 LEGACY Soldiers from bereaved families for 10 days of vacation in the U.S.
To learn more about the FIDF and how they help the IDF, please visit their website by clicking here.
Jewish Agency Contact:
Lone Soldier Coordinator
Office of Aliyah Services
The Jewish Agency