An arduous and lonely cultural journey

After finishing high school, Dyer wanted to go to Israel.

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
December 13, 2017 18:56
2 minute read.
Caleb Dyer

Caleb Dyer. (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN’S UNIT)

 Israel’s lone soldiers make aliya independently and as new immigrants, and must adapt to a new country while serving in challenging military positions. Few have experienced as arduous a cultural journey as Caleb Dyer. Until 2009, Dyer and his family – natives of Toronto – were members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

“My parents were very religious, and were always the ones to find out the truth about anything, which led them to Judaism,” Dyer says. In 2009, he and his family underwent an Orthodox conversion to Judaism. He speaks highly of Toronto’s Jewish community: “The amount of love and acceptance my family and I received is something I’ve never seen in my life.”

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