Englewood congregation prepares Chanukah gifts for Israeli soldiers

Englewood congregation prepares Chanukah gifts for Israeli soldiers

More than 40 people from Congregation Kol HaNeshamah of Englewood gathered to prepare Chanukah care packages and greeting cards for lone soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces.

The packages, which included clothing items, supplies, and candy, were the shul’s way of sending comfort and emotional support to the young soldiers stationed throughout Israel.

Tzvi Weisel, an IDF veteran and former lone soldier, spoke to the group, describing his feelings of homesickness, especially during holiday times, and how much he and his brigade appreciated the cards and care packages from congregations and Jewish agencies.

According to Rabbi Fred Elias of Kol HaNeshamah, “the lone soldier project has a special significance to many members of the shul community, as almost every member has a child, friend, or family member who has served or is serving in the IDF. As Israel has come under attack both domestically and abroad, the community’s support of those who are defending Israel from terrorist and external threats is unwavering.”

Debbie Berman, who will deliver the Chanukah packages and cards personally, organized the program. It will continue yearly around Jewish holidays.