For the Love of Soldiers

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 7:46am

Posted in: Special Events

If you’ve been to Israel, you know that it is just as common to see soldiers on the street as it is to see kids playing in the park.

You have pictures of them in your photo albums and maybe you even have a child or a relative that has served as a “lone soldier” in the Israeli army. If you haven’t made it to the Holy Land yet, then you’ve either met a soldier who was visiting the U.S. or you’ve gotten to know them personally through last year’s Tidewater movie screening of Beneath the Helmet.

They are the brave young men and women who risk their lives day in and day out to protect the homeland of the Jewish people. Many of them know little about their heritage or history, and 30% have never even been to Jerusalem.

Enter Thank Israeli Soldiers – an organization that was founded, not only to educate the soldiers, but to let them know how much they are appreciated by Jews throughout the world.

Each year the women who take the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project Momentum trip to Israel, get to experience firsthand the efforts and successes of this amazing organization.

We visit army bases bringing gift bags of welcome supplies, and letters from the Tidewater community. In addition, we join them for shalosh seudas (the third meal on Shabbat) during the Jerusalem TIS experience. We sit, talk and share stories with them over salads and delicious ruglelach. We thank them for protecting Israel and tell them how much their service means to us. It is a very uplifting experience on all sides.

TIS works with the Educational Department of the Army to send educators out to army bases and to help soldiers with their transition back to “real life” after their service is done. Part of their programming includes an amazing interactive tour of Jerusalem along with

This organization is near and dear to my heart due to the difference it makes for our soldiers. It’s with great joy that we have included them as a recipient of our donations and efforts on our community Mitzvah Day.

Join me for our community-wide 2nd Annual Mitzvah Day, Sunday, October 25, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Sandler Family Campus—all ages are welcome, so please sign up today. During this project, there will be an opportunity for your whole family to write letters that will be.

By Amy Lefcoe, project chair

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