Eastchester native Sgt. Dana, 21, an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Lone Soldier who serves at Michve Alon in the Education and Youth Corps, enjoyed celebrating Chanukah in Israel in December.
There are currently about 1,000 Lone Soldiers from the U.S. and some 208 native New Yorkers serving as Lone Soldiers in the IDF.
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) provides guidance and support to all IDF Lone Soldiers, including flights to visit family and friends in their countries of origin; fun and recreation days; a 24-hour call center for soldiers and their parents; Grants and financial assistance; Holiday gift packages and vouchers; Shabbat and holiday meals; Social networks and gatherings for soldiers and parents; Post-service scholarships to those eligible; Soldiers’ homes throughout Israel.
According to FIDF Westchester and Connecticut Director Anat Chavkin, “We greatly admire all IDF Lone Soldiers, our modern Maccabees, who left everything behind to join the Jewish people’s army and protect the state of Israel. We at FIDF make all efforts to make their army service as successful and beneficial as possible.”