Many of Israel’s soldiers are on leave from the army during Passover and return home to celebrate. Yashar LaChayal provides food packages for lone soldiers, and soldiers who come from families that struggle financially. The non-profit organization is dedicated to providing humanitarian aid for soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces. Along with basic food supplies, the Passover packages contain seder items including grape juice and decorative cups, Passover cake and cookies, matzah, and Haggadahs.
On April 15 in Ma’ale Adumim, Yashar LaChayal’s volunteers assembled packages for 850 soldiers from more than a dozen IDF units, including the Golani, Nachal, and Kfir Brigades, Home Front Command, Netzach Yehuda Battalion (populated by soldiers from ultra-Orthodox backgrounds), Egoz Special Forces, the Iron Dome unit, and Arayot HaYarden, one of Israel’s first coed infantry units. Representatives of each unit picked up the packages. Assistance was provided to bereaved families of soldiers who died protecting Israel.
It was supported by the municipality of Ma’ale Adumim and was attended by Mayor Benny Kashriel. Along with individual donors from around the world, packages were sponsored by organizations and synagogues that support Israel’s soldiers through Yashar LaChayal. New Jersey shuls include Congregation Bnai Yeshurun of Teaneck, the Young Israel of East Brunswick, and the East Brunswick Jewish Center.
For more information, go to yasharlachayal.org.