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Parents

Well informed parents are a key element to lone soldiers and lone b’not sheiruts’ successful service.  They need to understand their son’s / daughter’s drafting, serving and soon to be released process, procedures and protocols.  To assist parents, The Lone Soldier Base will provide monthly webinars, generate monthly newsletters and provide “one on one” phone calls with parents as well as an active Facebook group.

Olim

For those olim chadashim (new immigrants), the bureaucratic maze associated with the process of drafting and entering the army is not just unclear and confusing, it is completely overwhelming.   The Michael Levin Base   will introduce a new “Oleh / Olah Soldier & Family Support Program” to educate and navigate the IDF induction process, thereby alleviating the fears and perplexity of both the soldier and his / her parents.  These programs will take place in local communities in Israel with a high density of olim or where there is a need. In addition, the hope is that this support community will establish a larger network of surrogate family and friends for lone soldiers who chose to make Israel their home and help make their integration into society easier and more successful.

Lone Soldiers

In many cases, it is customary in Israel for soldiers to leave their base on Thursday afternoon / evening and return home.  For those lone soldiers and lone b’not sheirut,Thursday night becomes a “small window of time” for socializing, accomplishing daily tasks, and relaxation.  The Michael Levin Base recognizes that these men and women are often looking for an opportunity to interact with one another, consult on issues of concern with staff counselors and make plans for Shabbat and  Chagim.  Ongoing Thursday activities will include karaoke, paint night, movie night, pizza, holiday themes, etc.  Yoga, ulpan and money management classes will be offered on Friday.  Finally, a rotating system of communities will donate the ample, home-made food that is provided for Shabbat dinner.

Lone B'not Sheirut

Lone b’not sheirut are women, who have made Aliyah, and dedicate one – two years of national service instead of serving in the IDF.  Since they do not have the familial support in Israel, they experience many of the same challenges as lone soldiers.   The Michael Levin Base   recognizes that this unique segment needs a community that will provide emotional and physical support. Lone b’not sheirut work hard in hospitals, schools and a variety of  different fields. The Michael Levin Base will provide a place for them to come to get support, meals and meet one another and not feel alone.

Post Service

After serving in the IDF, lone soldiers are faced with the challenge of whether to stay in Israel or return to their native homeland.  Approximately 60% of lone soldiers return to the land of their birth, some pursue college degrees while some enter the workforce. However, a significant portion of these devoted men and women, who risked their lives for the State of Israel, would like to stay in Israel and make Aliyah.  For them, the obstacle becomes a lack of guidance for employment.  Moreover, assistance in professional networking, career placement, money management skills and preparation for higher education within Israel are all essential factors in making a good transition from the IDF to civilian life.

Post Service for lone b’not sheirut has become a pressing issue since b’not sheirut have to make aliya in order to serve, therefore they are less likely to go back home and need help starting their life after service. Both professional staff and dedicated volunteers will serve as mentors to “soon to be” released lone soldiers and lone b’not sheirut.  Finally, employment workshops, life coaching and access to job fairs will provide the incentive to these dedicated former lone soldiers and lone b’not sheirut to transition and acclimate into Israeli society and establish a solid foundation here in Israeli.

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