DATE: JANUARY 27, 2019
SOURCE: THE FORWARD

American Soldiers In Israel Get The Help They Really Need On ‘Errands Day’

Lone Soldiers in the Israeli Defense Forces were helped out and shown appreciation on Thursday for “Yom Siddurim,” or Personal Errands Day.

Nefesh B’Nefesh and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces hosted the sixth annual event, in which several agencies help lone soldiers, someone without immediate family in Israel who enlists in the IDF, check off their logistical tasks within the Israeli bureaucracy so they can enjoy their days off. Many of those soldiers are Americans either immigrating to Israel or who feel called to serve and then return to the U.S.

A lone soldier snaps a selfie with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who made a stop during “Yom Siddurim,” or “personal errands day,” on Jan. 24, 2018. Photo by Shahar Azran.
Group photo of Lone Soldiers with Mindy Levine of the New York Yankees and Co-Founders of NBN Rabbi Yehoshua Fass and Tony Gelbart at Nefesh B’Nefesh and FIDF’s Yom Siddurim. Photo credit: Shahar Azran

In that one day, Lone Soldiers could test for their driver’s license, have a tax consultation, get help with a passport or ID and look for a post-army job at an employment workshop. According to Nefesh B’Nefesh, about 1,600 participated from personal errands day.

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