Lone Soldiers in Raanana 758A.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The pretty park has a green lawn, an impressive wooden deck, beautiful landscaping and pleasant seating areas for the benefit of the soldiers. The dedication ceremony was attended by representatives of KKL-JNF and the Israel Scouts, a group of soldiers and the donors, JNF Australia Patrons Harry and Rhonda Triguboff from Sydney, Australia.
“It’s nice that there’s such a beautiful place to sit with friends and hang out together,” said nineteen-year-old Josh Sacks, who immigrated to Israel from Melbourne two months ago. “It’s wonderful to know that there are good people in Australia, who care about us and consider it important to help us. We’re defined as lone soldiers, but thanks to good friends and their great support, I really don’t feel alone.”
The immigrant soldiers left their homes and their families and decided to come to Israel in order to serve in the IDF, and in order to help these brave, young people in their absorption process, the Garin Tzabar Lone Soldiers program of the Israel Scouts movement has established group living centers in rural and urban locations all over Israel.
“We’ve found a home here and a family,” said Dima, a lone soldier, “and developing this park is a wonderful contribution not only for us but for all of Israel.”
, patron of JNF Australia
, was moved by the words of thanks and said to the soldiers, “Maybe you were alone in the past, but now you have a family here. It’s important that there are organizations making sure the soldiers who immigrate to Israel feel welcome and like an integral part of Israel.”
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