Among the 72 Olim that landed at Ben Gurion Airport this morning are 20 future IDF Lone Soldiers – ‘present-day Maccabees,’ making for a wonderful Chanukah present.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
72 new immigrants (Olim) from North America, including 20 soon-to-be IDF Lone Soldiers, landed this morning, December 28, in Israel on a Nefesh B’Nefesh group Aliyah flight, in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah & Immigrant Absorption, the Jewish Agency, Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel, JNF-USA.
20 future Lone Soldiers – ‘present-day Maccabees’ arrive in Israel 28 Dec 2016. – Photo: Ben Kelmer, courtesy of Nefesh B’Nefesh
These young men and women are drafting with the Tzofim-Garin Tzabar program and will serve in the IDF as part of the Nefesh B’Nefesh Lone Soldiers Program. Continue Reading »
Full scholarships to pursue a university degree or professional certification upon completion if combat service will be funded by the IDF, the Friends of the IDF and the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers.
Israeli combat soldiers will receive full scholarships from the military to pursue a university degree or professional certification.
The scholarships will be funded by the Israel Defense Forces, as well as the Friends of the IDF and the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers, the Israeli Hebrew daily Yediot Acharonot reported.
In a recent meeting, IDF Chief of Staff Gen. Gadi Eisenkot asked Israel’s Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon to help him find the funds to offer such scholarships to only to combat soldiers, but to all soldiers after their service, according to Ynet, the English-language sister publication of Yediot. Continue Reading »
Israeli billionaire Haim Saban invites actors & singers to participate in the annual FIDF event, showing amazing support for Israeli soldiers.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
The Friends of the IDF (FIDF) organization on Thursday night held its annual event honoring the IDF at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, where an outpouring of 1,200 people including numerous celebs showed their support for the Israeli army.
As is the case each year, the event was hosted by Israeli billionaire Haim Saban, who together with his wife Cheryl was able to invite Hollywood notables such as actors Antonio Banderas, Jason Alexander, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Segel, Liev Schreiber, singers Enrico Macias, David Foster, and Gene Simmons of the band Kiss, as well as several others. Continue Reading »
1000 students from Friends of IDF scholarship fund, visit 500 homes of Holocaust survivors, to celebrate the lighting of the 1st candle of Hanukkah.
By Omri Efraim
More than a thousand released IDF soldiers visited the homes of about 500 Holocaust Survivors in Israel to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with them as part of a broader initiative by the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims and the Impact scholarship program funded by the Friends of the IDF organization.
Released IDF soldiers light first candle of Hanukkah at the Gil Oz retirement home in Petah Tikva. – Photo: Yaron Brenner
About a dozen released IDF soldiers arrived at the Gil Oz retirement home in Petah Tikva to light the first candle with holocaust survivors. Continue Reading »
Annual ‘Friends of the IDF’ event in L.A., hosted by Cheryl & Haim Saban, raises record $20 million for Israel’s soldiers
By Yossi Aloni
Hard-nosed American Idol and X Factor judge Simon Cowell was among 1,200 honored guests at this year’s Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) event at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles
Music Mogul Simon Cowell and event host Haim Saban
The annual salute to IDF soldiers is hosted by Cheryl and Haim Saban. Besides Cowell, the event was also graced by the presence of Lionel Richie, who gave a rare live performance. Continue Reading »