Majority of the new IDF recruits, new immigrants and foreign volunteers, come from North America, followed by 43 volunteers from France, 16 from the UK.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
IDF volunteers from 18 different countries arrived in Israel over this summer, the Defense Ministry’s Social Defense Branch announced Wednesday.
The 158 new recruits comprised of 120 male volunteers and 38 females, the majority from North America with 69 volunteers (45%) followed France with 43 volunteers (30%).
Gathering of the 158 volunteers from 18 different countries arrive in Israel to volunteer for the IDF. – Photo courtesy: Israel’s Defense Ministry
According to the Defense Ministry, the number of volunteers from Australia has “quadrupled” since last year with eight volunteers, and the number from Britain doubled with 16 volunteers this year. Continue Reading »
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 »
MK Itzik Shmuli seeks solutions so others like Seth, who served 3 years in the IDF then left Israel due to an inability to adjust to a foreign culture, are assisted in their assimilation instead of being abandoned.
By Talam Yahav
“I thought my calling was to live in Israel. I left everything, my family, friends and college and I made aliyah. After a few months I joined the army. I was assigned to Givati and was chosen to be in Sayeret Rimon (Special Operations Unit – Desert Commando – ed). The only words I knew in Hebrew were ‘yes’, ‘no’ and ‘thanks’. Continue Reading »
“What’s most important is being a combat soldier & contributing to the state,” (of Israel) says 25 yr-old Alisa Sheldon of the IDF’s Lions of the Jordan Valley Battalion.
By Danny Brenner
For 10 years, Alisa Sheldon couldn’t shake her dream of moving to Israel and serving in the IDF as a combat soldier. Two months ago she realized that dream, joining the ranks of the Lions of the Jordan Valley Battalion.
Alisa Sheldon – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
On Saturday, the 25-year-old Sheldon stood at attention with her male and female comrades, swearing their allegiance to the IDF and the State of Israel. Continue Reading »
At age 16, Sergei Brezhnikov, joined the Ukrainian “Children’s Army,” then at 19, he made aliyah, and after studying Hebrew, enlisted in the IDF. Now, prior to his training as a medic, says “In Israel, I’ll have a better future.”
By Danny Brenner
“Israel is my new home, and I see my future here, only,” says Sergei Brezhnikov, 20, a lone IDF soldier who made aliyah from Ukraine.
Sergei Brezhnikov in his IDF uniform – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
Brezhnikov was born in the city of Vinnytsia, the only child of a single mother who was 19 when she had him. Continue Reading »
Now serving in the Nahal Brigade, Daniel Tomohiro speaks of growing up in Japan, being inspired by his grandfather’s stories of making aliyah and fighting in Israel’s War of Independence.
• “My grandmother was in Auschwitz and was saved only because a German nurse covered her with a blanket,” he says.
By Danny Brenner
Daniel Tomohiro is not the typical Israeli soldier. His Hungarian grandparents survived the Holocaust, made aliyah, and fought in the War of Independence, but they then moved to Australia, where his mother met and married a Japanese man and moved to Iwata, Japan.
Now Tomohiro has come full circle and is serving in the Israel Defense Forces, undergoing basic training with the Nahal Brigade’s 50th Battalion. Continue Reading »
Undeterred by the latest wave of Palestinian violence, 65 Canadian and US Jews, aged 10 months – 83 years old, decided to make Israel their new home.
By Shifra Shomron
Despite the current wave of terror attacks against Israelis in recent days, which has the country on high alert and has seen civilians determinedly protecting themselves from knife attacks, 65 new immigrants (or Olim) from the United States and Canada landed in Israel yesterday (Wednesday) morning.
They came via El Al Israel airlines, on a Nefesh B’Nefesh (NBN) group Aliyah flight which was facilitated in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel, and JNF-USA. Continue Reading »
6 months ago, both Rio de Janeiro-born doctors Daniel Nigri & Benny London passed the Israeli medical board exams and then volunteered for the IDF
• Nigri, “I came to Israel during the 2nd Lebanon War & … had to come back here to contribute to its security.”
By Danny Brenner
Childhood friends Drs. Benny London and Daniel Nigri, both 27, left their native Rio de Janeiro to put their medical qualifications to good use in the Israel Defense Forces as lone soldiers currently stationed on the northern border.
London is the doctor assigned to the Shahaf combat intelligence battalion, while Nigri is the doctor of the Nahal Brigade’s 50th Battalion. Continue Reading »
The group of 232 Olim [New Immigrants], from New York’s JFK airport, that include 29 families, 86 singles and 59 ‘Lone Soldiers’ landed today in the Jewish State!
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Two hundred and thirty-two new immigrants arrived in Israel on Tuesday morning aboard a Nefesh B’Nefesh aliya charter flight. Among those on board, 59 will be joining the Israel Defense Forces as lone soldiers. The flight departed on Monday from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
59 lone soldiers make Aliyah on the August 17 Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah flight from New York. – Photo: Sharhar Azran
The flight was facilitated in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Aliya & Immigrant Absorption, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel, JNF-USA, and Tzofim-Garin Tzabar. Continue Reading »
Young idealistic American came to Israel to join the IDF, but his naïveté ended up embedding him in a wild conspiracy to blow up the Dome of the Rock.
By Yoav Zitun
He made aliyah from United States as a lone soldier, served as a fighter in the Givati Reconnaissance Battalion, was wounded in Operation Protective Edge, and was a short time away from being released and returning to his family in Los Angeles. But that was when he began his troubled path
David during his military service – Photo: Facebook
After an investigation by the criminal investigation division, the police and the Shin Bet, David (not his real name) was arrested on suspicion of aiding an American extremist who planned to blow up the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, and sentenced to half a year in military prison. Continue Reading »
Tomorrow at Ben Gurion Airport: Parents of lone soldiers who took part in operation ‘Protective Edge’ will be the first to land in Israel to spend the holidays with their children.
By Margaux Stelman
The El-Al Airlines, the Israel hotel Association (IHA) the Association for the wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers (AWIS), the IDF’s Manpower Directorate are reuniting parents and their children, lone soldiers who fought during operation Protective Edge.
An event of this scope has never been done before, and the goal is simple: reunite lone soldiers with their parents for the holidays. About 125 parents to 77 soldiers will arrive in Israel in the next few days. Continue Reading »
Israel’s IDF ‘lone soldier’, Max Steinberg’s funeral turnout in Jerusalem drew 30,000 people — including U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry.
By Simone Wilson
“How’s your day?” Kerry asked callously as he sat down.
“How’s your day?” Evie asked back.
Kerry responds “My day’s going better than yours.”
“I probably couldn’t stand here and talk without breaking down, without… all this love and all these people,” Steinberg’s mom, Evie, said into a semicircle of news mics after the Jerusalem ceremony. Continue Reading »
30 years ago, Daniel Bana’s Christian Arab father married a Finnish tourist & moved to Finland. Bana 24, now a lone soldier in the IDF, calls Israel his home.
By Danny Brenner
Corporal Daniel Bana, a 24-year-old combat soldier in the Kfir infantry brigade, is not your typical lone soldier. Some 30 years ago his father, a Christian Arab from Kafr Yasif, married a Finnish tourist visiting Israel and moved to southern Finland. They would have seven children.
Corporal Daniel Bana in IDF military fatigues – Photo: Gil Eliyahu/JINI
“We would visit my dad’s family every year, he has a warm and loving family in Kafr Yasif,” Daniel says about his childhood. Continue Reading »