Leora Lupkin, originally of Teaneck, participated in Nefesh B’Nefesh and Friends of the IDF’s “Yom Siddurim” (personal errands day) at Beit HaChayal in Tel Aviv last week. Ms. Lupkin served for two years at the Liaison Office to the UN on the Syrian border and will be discharged this month.
The event, in cooperation with the IDF, was for all active lone soldiers. It culminated the IDF’s dedicated “Lone Soldier Appreciation Week,” which featured a variety of initiatives, programming, and festivities showing appreciation for the soldiers and their contributions to Israel’s security.
Yom Siddurim had 2,500 active lone soldiers from 70 countries, representatives from various ministries, and senior IDF commanders. It was coordinated by the FIDF — Nefesh B’Nefesh Lone Soldiers Program, together with the IDF Human Resources Department, and in cooperation with Yahad -– United for Israel’s Soldiers. Beit HaChayal is transformed into a one-stop-shop to bring together over 40 different government ministries and organizations to provide lone soldiers with all the services they may need during their time in the IDF. These services included issuing biometric passports, converting foreign driver’s licenses, issuing IDs, confirming foreign degrees, legal advice, individual housing assistance, and more. For information, go to www.nbn.org.il.