THE FELLOWSHIP AND FIDF PROVIDE $1.5M IN SUPPORT FOR IDF SOLDIERS THROUGH NEW YEAR’S GIFT CARDS
This year’s ‘Rosh Hashana Fellowship Gift Cards’ support over 12,000 IDF soldiers in need and Lone Soldiers
TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 13, 2017 — The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), led by Founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), in collaboration with Yachad Lema’an Hachayal (The Association for the Wellbeing of Israel's Soldiers and The LIBI Fund), are providing $1.5 million in annual Rosh Hashanah “Fellowship Gift Cards” to more than 12,000 soldiers in need and Lone Soldiers currently serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) so they can celebrate the new year.
Over 10,000 eligible soldiers will be receiving a gift card in the amount of NIS 500, or about $140, and some 2,200 soldiers are eligible for a gift card of NIS 350, or about $100. Soldiers will be able to purchase supplies such as food, clothing, shoes, sporting goods, and leisure products.
The gift cards will allow the soldiers to celebrate the new year without the burden of financial stress. They can be used at about 90 major retail chain stores across Israel.
Among the soldiers receiving the Fellowship Gift Cards are 7,133 Lone Soldiers serving in the IDF today, including 53 percent who come from 80 countries around the world after making the brave decision to leave their home countries and families in order to enlist. More than half of all Lone Soldiers serve in combat or combat-support roles. About 844 came from the United States, 611 from Ukraine, 539 from Russia, and 582 from France.
The Fellowship and FIDF distribute Fellowship Gift Cards twice a year, during the major Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Passover. This campaign is administered in collaboration with the IDF Personnel Directorate and reaches every eligible IDF soldier. FIDF and The Fellowship have been teaming up to deliver the holiday gift cards since 2009.
About The Fellowship:
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) was founded in 1983 to promote better understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews, and build broad support for Israel. Today it is one of the leading forces helping Israel and Jews in need worldwide – and is the largest channel of Christian support for Israel. Led by its founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, The Fellowship now raises more than $140 million per year, mostly from Christians, to assist Israel and the Jewish people. Since its founding, The Fellowship has raised more than $1.4 billion for this work. The organization has offices in Jerusalem, Chicago, Toronto, and Seoul. For more information, visit www.ifcj.org
About Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF):
FIDF was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors as a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization with the mission of offering educational, cultural, recreational, and social programs and facilities that provide hope, purpose, and life-changing support for the soldiers who protect Israel and Jews worldwide. Today, FIDF has more than 150,000 loyal supporters, and 20 chapters throughout the United States and Panama. FIDF proudly supports IDF soldiers, families of fallen soldiers, and wounded veterans through a variety of innovative programs that reinforce the vital bond between the communities in the United States, the soldiers of the IDF, and the State of Israel. For more information, please visit: www.fidf.org.
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