Tenafly native Sgt. Aaron, 23, a lone combat soldier who serves in the Battalion Paratroopers Brigade of the Israel Defense Forces, is shown preparing for Chanukah. (The FIDF releases lone soldiers’ first names only.) There are about 1,000 lone soldiers from the U.S. and about 117 from New Jersey. Friends of the Israel Defense Forces provides guidance and support to all IDF lone soldiers, including flights to visit family and friends in their countries of origin; fun and recreation days; a 24-hour call center for soldiers and their parents; grants and financial assistance; holiday gift packages and vouchers; Shabbat and holiday meals; social networks and gatherings for soldiers and parents; post-service scholarships to those eligible; and soldiers’ homes throughout Israel.