For the first time, the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces hosted virtual celebrations of the State of Israel. The first one, on April 28, was for Yom HaZikaron — Israel’s Remembrance Day for fallen soldiers and civilian victims of terrorism. The second one, on April 29, was for Yom Ha’Atzmaut- Israel’s Independence Day. The hour-long events were part of FIDF’s temporary digital alternative to community events and galas across the United States.
“FIDF Engage,” a free virtual event series and online portal, gives official information and connection to IDF soldiers and Israeli officials amid the coronavirus outbreak. This series supports FIDF’s fundraising efforts, which provide help in areas ranging from hygienic necessities to fitness facilities and equipment, all of which are important to addressing soldiers’ well-being.