Zahal Shalom of Bergen County’s annual dinner on June 7 will be dedicated to the organization’s founder, Jerry Margolis of Glen Rock, who died in August. The gala at Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes, which provides an opportunity to interact with the veterans, begins at 6:30 p.m. The fundraiser also will include a silent auction.
This month, Zahal Shalom families will welcome the 26th delegation of disabled Israeli veterans into their homes. Each year since 1993, a delegation selected by an Israeli disabled veterans organization is brought to northern New Jersey as part of a rehabilitation program to create bonds between Israelis and their American hosts. Veterans stay in the homes of host families; they also are connected to a buddy family. That second family acts as co-host, helping to be sure that all the veterans’ needs are met. Veterans and their hosts spend two weeks touring the metropolitan area and Washington, D.C. They also participate in special programs within the Jewish community.
The group’s slogan, “In Our Homes for Two Weeks — In our Hearts for a Lifetime,” sums up families’ experiences hosting these soldiers. Many participating families stay in touch with their veterans for years after they leave, and visit with them in Israel.
For more information, go to www.zahalshalom.org or call Zahal program director Scott Krim at (201) 560-1282.