Lone Soldiers & FIDF
Lone Soldier programs offer support to 7,000 young men and women actively serving in the Israel Defense Forces with no immediate family in Israel to rely upon. About half come from Israel, sometimes orphans or from broken homes, and the other half volunteer from abroad with distance between them and their families. FIDF provides these young soldiers with practical and emotional support throughout their service.
Social & Emotional Support
In partnership with Nefesh B’Nefesh, FIDF’s Lone Soldiers program includes a 24-hour call center, advocacy with government agencies, social gatherings such as holiday meals and Errands Day, and more. The program also provides valuable support and connections for the parents of Lone Soldiers.
Together with Nefesh B’Nefesh, FIDF provides Lone Soldiers with a small financial safety net for the beginning of their service to help them comfortably settle in their new roles. During their service FIDF sponsors holiday gift vouchers that enable Lone Soldiers to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and select other holidays observed by minorities, without financial concerns.
Through one of its most heartwarming programs, FIDF provides Lone Soldiers with flights home, reuniting them with cherished family and friends during their service.
Once a year, FIDF sponsors a Fun Day for Lone Soldiers at a waterpark to ease loneliness as Lone Soldiers connect with others who relate to their experiences.
The Warm Home program provides Lone Soldiers with state-of-the-art housing throughout their service.