Four Sisters, Four Soldiers

Stand for Israel  |  May 16, 2022

Four lone soldiers sisters of IDF
(Photo: Nefesh B'Nefesh)

For those who stand for Israel, we especially salute those who come from outside the Holy Land – leaving family, friends, and home behind – to serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). These lone soldiers truly display servants’ hearts and a stance for God’s people. And story of IDF service has gripped us as of late quite like this one, shared by our friends at The Jerusalem Post, of four sisters from America who are serving in Israel’s military:

A Boston family has made history, as its fourth and youngest daughter made aliyah to Israel, where she is now serving as a Lone Soldier in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) alongside her three older sisters. According to public records, this is the first time that a family from the U.S. has four daughters serving simultaneously.

Just a few days after Israel celebrated its 74th year of independence, Y (18.5) enlisted to serve, with the assistance of the Friends of the IDF (FIDF) – Nefesh B’Nefesh Lone Soldier Program.  Y.’s sisters, Captain A. (24.5), Lieutenant O. (23), and Private A. (20), each serve in prestigious positions in the IDF…

“There is no doubt that my sisters had an influence on my decision, but it is also probably part of the DNA our parents instilled in us,” explained Y., regarding her new enlistment. “The connection between my family and Israel was strong and significant to our way of life. I know that the service will be challenging, but I am looking forward to it…”

Noya Govrin, Director of the FIDF – Nefesh B’Nefesh – Lone Soldiers Program, said: “These women are without a doubt the true embodiment of love for our homeland, and they are a source of inspiration and Zionism in its purest form. We are pleased that the number of young people from North America and around the world who want to make Aliyah and volunteer for the IDF as lone soldiers is growing. We are working hard to ensure that they are provided with the holistic support they need, as well as the feeling of home during their dedicated service.”

According to Steven Weil, CEO of FIDF, “The brave sisters of this family have made the noble decision to leave their home in the US in order to protect Israel and the Jewish people by serving in very challenging roles. It is inspiring for us to witness their tremendous contributions, and we are very appreciative of the enormous sacrifice they have made and continue to make, along with all the young men and women who have chosen this path.”