The IDF currently has 2,500 Lone Soldiers serving in a range of positions in the army, after making Aliyah without their parents. For these idealistic soldiers, the draft process is a challenging and intense experience that often involves a difficult process of adapting to military service and to an independent life style in Israel.

The purpose of the Friends of the IDF (FIDF) and Nefesh B’Nefesh Lone Soldiers Program is to provide a holistic solution that offers guidance, support, and care for all Olim Lone Soldiers at all stages of the process: prior to Aliyah, prior to being drafted, throughout military service and after release from the IDF (when adjusting to a civilian life in Israel).

In the past, the program focused on providing services for lone soldiers who made Aliyah from North America and England. However, in 2012 the Lone Soldiers Program expanded to include all Lone Soldiers who make Aliyah from anywhere around the world.

This program is complementary to the IDF’s Agaf Haprat, which provides assistance to Lone Soldiers. The IDF provides soldiers with many benefits to help them function to the best of their abilities and throughout their military service.
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LONE SOLDIERS PROGRAM BENEFITS

PRE-ALIYAH:

  • Pre-Aliyah seminars , webinars, open houses and personal meetings covering key Aliyah and IDF topics and issues
  • Live call center
  • Personal counselors to provide guidance through the Aliyah process and logistics
  • Charter, Group and Individual flights

POST-ALIYAH AND PRE-DRAFT:

  • Financial grants
  • Cooperation with the IDF for bureacratic assistance
  • Meetings with our IDF advisor on placement options
  • Personal relationship with your Lone Soldier Coordinator
  • Advisory sessions on Lone Soldier rights and benefits
  • IDF preparation seminars, workshops and Shabbatons
  • Social events for Lone Soldiers and other young Olim


DURING ARMY SERVICE:

  • Guidance and support throughout your army service
  • Attending your IDF events and ceremonies
  • Holiday care packages
  • Coordinating Shabbat and Holiday meals with host families
  • Arranging a host family to support you throughout your service
  • Social events and other opportunities


POST-ARMY SERVICE:

  • Career counseling and assistance in job placement
  • Education and academic guidance
  • Post Army social events

 

 

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ABOUT FRIENDS OF THE IDF (FIDF)

In 1981, a group of Holocaust survivors established Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) as a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing and supporting educational, social, cultural, and recreational programs and facilities for the heroic men and women of the IDF. Today, FIDF has more than 120,000 loyal supporters, and 16 regional offices throughout the U.S. and Panama. FIDF proudly offers its support to the IDF soldiers and their families through a variety of unique and innovative programs. These opportunities reinforce the vital bond between the communities in the United States, the soldiers of the IDF, and the State of Israel. www.fidf.org
 nbn_logo_2   ABOUT NEFESH B’NEFESH

Nefesh B’Nefesh is dedicated to revitalizing Aliyah by removing or minimizing the financial, professional, logistical and social obstacles that potential Olim face. Working in cooperation with the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency for Israel, Nefesh B’Nefesh assists Olim throughout the entire Aliyah process, from the planning stage to well beyond arrival in Israel. Due to the support and comprehensive social services that Nefesh B’Nefesh provides to its 40,000 newcomers, the organization has not only significantly increased the number of Olim, but also helped ensure their successful absorption in Israel. www.nbn.org.il

 

NOTE: The role of FIDF and Nefesh B’Nefesh is to assist new immigrants to Israel who are drafted to the IDF. It is not the objective, or part of the scope of operational activities of either organization to help recruit soldiers for the Israel Defense Forces.

 

The role of FIDF and Nefesh B’Nefesh is to assist new immigrants to Israel who are drafted to the IDF. It is not the objective, or part of the scope of operational activities of either organization to help recruit soldiers for the Israel Defense Forces.