DATE: JANUARY 27, 2019
SOURCE: Cleveland Jewish News

Nefesh B’Nefesh and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) hosted its sixth annual “Yom Siddurim,” or “personal errands day,” for lone soldiers on Thursday.

The day, organized with the Israel Defense Forces’ Human Resources Department, acts as a one-stop shop for them to complete a wide range of errands so they can spend their days off from the army rejuvenating, rather than attempting to navigate the often challenging Israeli bureaucracy to get chores done on a short time frame.

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.

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.
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.

As part of an ongoing relationship between the New York Yankees and Nefesh B’Nefesh, the baseball team sent over a special delivery of hats, shirts and bandanas, all branded with the slogan “We Love Lone Soldiers” especially for the event. Mindy Levine, wife of New York Yankees President Randy Levine, flew in to deliver the merchandise and speak with the soldiers.

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