Lone soldiers mark Thanksgiving in Israel

By JTA
November 24, 2011 21:39

Several organizations in Israel held Thanksgiving dinner for lone soldiers on Thursday night.

The Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin hosted a Thanksgiving meal and football tournament for more than 300 soldiers who have come to Israel to serve in the Israel Defense Forces and have left their parents, family and friends behind.

The American Jewish Committee celebrated the 10th anniversary of its annual Thanksgiving Dinner for lone American soldiers. Some 30 soldiers from across all IDF units attended the dinner at the AJC offices in Jerusalem.

Each year since captive Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit was held by Hamas, the AJC Thanksgiving dinner featured an empty seat prepared in his honor. This year the seat was not present.

Nefesh B' Nefesh hosted 50 lone solders and over 100 young professional olim for its fifth annual Nefesh B' Nefesh Thanksgiving dinner.


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