So many of the brave men and women who protect Israel and her people are themselves in need of financial assistance and support. Jewocity reports on the 11,000 IDF soldiers who are recipients of The Fellowship's aid during the High Holy Days:
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) led by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), in collaboration with the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers (AWIS), provided their annual Rosh Hashana “Fellowship Gift Cards” to 11,000 soldiers-in-need and Lone Soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for the new year.
The holiday gift cards, valued at 500 NIS ($130 USD) each, were given to 11,000 Lone Soldiers and soldiers-in-need who are eligible for aid. For the first time, to help improve the complex distribution process, soldiers were able to receive their gift cards via a new mobile app.
The gift cards helped allow the soldiers to celebrate the holiday without the burden of financial stress. They can be used at about 80 major retail chain stores across Israel to purchase food, clothing, shoes, sporting goods, and leisure products.
Among the soldiers receiving the “Fellowship Gift Cards” were about 3,500 Lone Soldiers from 80 countries around the world who made the brave decision to leave their home countries and families and serve in the IDF.