The Fellowship partnered with Friends of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) and the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers to ensure that 14,100 needy soldiers and lone soldiers (soldiers who moved to Israel without their family and serve in the IDF) received a special gift card for Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) last week.
The gift cards can be used to purchase food, clothes, or other personal items so the soldiers can celebrate the holiday with dignity and respect. The cards ranged in value from $65-$130 based on the IDF soldiers’ needs and circumstances.
Rabbi Eckstein recently visited the Erez Battalion, where he joined soldiers for a holiday toast and then distributed the Fellowship holiday cards. He told the soldiers gathered, “God should bless and protect you the way you protect and bless us. From The Fellowship’s donors and all the state of Israel – thank you!”
Lieutenant Colonel Gil Mamoun, the Battalion Commander, said, “Rabbi Eckstein, I want to thank you for everything you do and for your contributions. We really rely on it, and it helps us provide for the wellbeing of the soldiers, which allows them to perform their tasks more successfully. Many thanks.”