Inna and Joshua Needelman of West Nyack were among 60 participants from the tri-state area who took part in an FIDF National Mission last month. The group met with Israeli government and military leaders and soldiers and commanders at many IDF bases at a time of increased tension across Israel. They also got behind-the-scenes tours of Israel Defense Force bases and met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. Stops included Israeli Navy bases, the Ramat David Israel Air Force Base, the Michve Alon IDF Education and Youth Corps Base, and historic and strategic landmarks from the Western Wall in Jerusalem to the Lebanon border.
FIDF national chairman Rabbi Peter Weintraub and FIDF national director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir led the mission. The group of FIDF leaders visited FIDF-sponsored well-being and educational facilities on IDF bases and met beneficiaries of FIDF programs — including lone soldiers with no immediate family in Israel, and students who benefit from the FIDF IMPACT! Scholarship Program, which grants four-year academic scholarships to combat and combat-support veterans from low socioeconomic backgrounds.