The Lone Soldier Lunch and Learn Experience


Israel’s Lone Soldiers are those who volunteer to leave their countries of origin and their families to serve the Jewish homeland. The FIDF Lone Soldier Program provides these soldiers with support and assistance throughout this new phase of their lives. Approximately 2000 brave young men and women pledge their commitment to the IDF coming from all over the world.

On January 10, 2013, Sergeant Charlie Pollack, an IDF Lone Soldier from Boca Raton, Florida was flown in from Israel by the FIDF to be a guest at our FIDF Palm Beach/Broward Gala and visit his family after months of serving in Israel. During his stay in South Florida he shared his story regarding his courageous life changing decision to move to Israel and join the IDF. Charlie explained that the FIDF has influenced his life for the better and has helped him financially.

Sergeant Pollack visited the Hillel of FAU, the AEPI fraternity of FIU in South Miami, and the Law Offices of Sara Shuelvitz in downtown Miami, where students and young professional enjoyed a light snack, a video presentation and a Q&A session. Most of us were surprised by the fact that Charlie had no knowledge of the Hebrew language the first 5 months of his training yet he was welcomed into the Israeli community and embraced as family. He will forever be a part of the Israeli community and in addition, strongly respected in our community for his dedication to protecting the State of Israel.

Hillel of FAU students Michael Szanto, Lauren Masuzzo, Sergeant Charlie Pollack, and Vice Mayor and City Commissioner of Hallandale Alexander Lewy at the law office of Sara Shulevitz Criminal Defense Attorney in Downtown Miami
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