All the essential government agencies whose services are needed by Lone Soldiers were brought together under one roof, with 1,600 in attendance in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked.
Nefesh B’Nefesh and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) hosted its 6th annual “Yom Siddurim” (personal errands day) for Lone Soldiers on January 24th at Beit HaChayal. The Errands Day, which was attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in cooperation with the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, Ministry of Interior, The Jewish Agency, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, the Jewish National Fund-USA and with the assistance of Yahad, brought together all of the essential civilian agencies whose services are needed by Lone Soldiers in order to streamline the soldiers’ efforts to take care of their logistical tasks.
Organized together with the IDF Human Resources Department, Yom Siddurim acts as a one-stop-shop for Lone Soldiers to complete a wide range of errands, so that they can spend their days off from the Army relaxing rather than attempting to navigate the often-challenging Israeli bureaucracy.
From driving tests administered on site, to tax consultation, passport and ID assistance, and even an employment workshop, Lone Soldiers also had the opportunity to receive one-on-one personal consultation from Nefesh B’Nefesh and FIDF on acclimating into post-Army life in Israel.
“Military service is hard and complicated for every soldier, and even more so for Lone Soldiers. Their decision to come to Israel and enlist in the IDF is a brave and noble act, one that is rooted in a deep sense of mission, determination, and love of the country. This is true Zionism,” said Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir, FIDF National Director and CEO. “FIDF supporters will continue to stand by their side and support all Lone Soldiers with a range of services during and after their military service, out of gratitude and profound appreciation for their contribution, and to ensure that not one of them ever feels alone.”
Other notable dignitaries who attended Yom Siddurim included Members of Knesset Yoav Galant (Likud) and Pnina Tamano-Shata (Yesh Atid), Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked (New Right), and Minister of the Interior Aryeh Deri (Shas).
More than 3,500 Lone Soldiers from around the world, including over 1,000 from North America, are currently serving in the IDF. About 1,600 Lone Soldiers from 70 different countries benefited from Nefesh B’Nefesh and FIDF’s personal errands day. In 2018 alone, 393 Lone Soldiers made Aliyah through Nefesh B’Nefesh.
“This day is aimed at showing our appreciation to the thousands of dedicated Lone Soldiers who serve in the IDF for whom we are constantly exploring new ways to enhance our support and programming,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Nefesh B’Nefesh. “The personal errands day was created to enable these soldiers to focus on their essential tasks of protecting and serving our country without having to worry about time consuming, personal matters during their army service.”Executive
The agencies who participated in Yom Siddurim included: Israel’s Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, Student Licensing Office, Ministry of Housing, Automobile License Authority, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Yahad – United for Israel’s Soldiers, Bituach Leumi, Discharged Soldiers Guidance Department, Electric Company of Israel, and more. Representatives of the FIDF IMPACT! Scholarship Program were also present to assist with inquiries about post-Army higher education.
"The fact that our youth come here and make the sacrifice to join the IDF and protect us and protect Israel is a spectacular thing. There is nothing more beautiful about the whole Aliyah process than the Lone Soldiers who come, who leave their families, who leave what they knew back where they were born, to come here to serve the Jewish people," said NBN Oleh and benefactor, Sylvan Adams. "For me, the work that is being done here at this event is so important. To make these Lone Soldiers come here and feel like they are part of the Israeli family and help them integrate into Israeli life...it's a beautiful thing."