Caring for Families of Fallen Soldiers
Their Loss is a Constant Struggle
A Few Days of Joy Can Make the Difference.
When an Israeli soldier dies in defense of the country, the family members left behind struggle with their grief and try to make sense of their new reality. FIDF’s LEGACY program supports thousands of bereaved individuals – providing them with opportunities to connect with peers who have also suffered this terrible loss and helping them celebrate holidays and life-cycle events.
LEGACY Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Summer Camp in the U.S.
LEGACY Bar/Bat Mitzvah children celebrate becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah by traveling to the United States for an unforgettable 10-day trip. Every year, FIDF brings around 120 Bar/Bat Mitzvah-age children to enjoy summer camp activities, meet their American peers, tour famous sites, and form lifelong friendships.
- In 2015, 141 Bar/Bat Mitzvah children were sent on a trip to the U.S.
- Cost: $3,600 covers the cost of a child’s flights, camp fees.
"In 2002, our brother, Or-Moshe, fell in action. He served in the Armored Corps and was very proud to be an IDF soldier who protects his family and fellow Israelis. His death devastated us. When we lost him, our lives changed forever. So the support we received from everyone around us was important. We both participated in the FIDF LEGACY Program for siblings and children of fallen soldiers, and went on a trip to the U.S. The program was absolutely amazing. We were surrounded with love and met with many FIDF supporters. On behalf of our family, we would like to thank you for everything you are doing for us."
- Corporal Shiran, Air Force Operations Coordinator in a combat squadron And her sister Chen, high-school student
"The LEGACY Program brings Bar/Bat Mitzvah aged children from the families of fallen soldiers to a summer camp in the United States, providing them with both an emotional escape from the hardships of their daily life and an opportunity to bond with American children."
- Marci Spitzer, FIDF Supporter of the LEGACY Program from California