Israel’s Soldiers Benefit from Dedicated Work of LIBI USA

American Friends of LIBI (LIBI USA) was established in 1980 by Prime Minister Menachem Begin and then Israel Defense Force (IDF) Chief of Staff Rafael Eitan to provide for important needs of Israeli soldiers which fell outside of the IDF budget. Thirty-six years later, their dedication to the welfare of Israel’s soldiers in unsurpassed.

LIBI USA is a nonprofit organization run by a network of volunteers,” explained Dr. John A.I. Grossman, Chairman of the organization. “We are proud to say that over 95 percent of all donations goes directly to support Israel’s soldiers.”

The average nonprofit gives only about 63 percent of donations towards their goal due to large overhead costs and staff salaries. Some organizations are recorded as giving much less than that.

“Especially on the eve of the Jewish New Year, LIBI USA is assessing last year’s accomplishments and looking forward to continuing to do all that we can to ease the burdens of the IDF and its soldiers,” continued Grossman. “We are proud of what has been achieved thus far and grateful to our supporters who appreciate the importance of the IDF.”

LIBI USA has generously funded everything from protective winter wear to summer water bottles for soldiers out in the field. Special attention is given to lone soldiers, men and women who have left their countries of birth along with their families, friends, culture and language in order to volunteer with the IDF. Soldiers from poor or dysfunctional homes and religious soldiers who have been renounced by their families are also the top benefactors of LIBI’s assistance.

“The challenges and stresses of soldiers can never be overstated,” said Grossman. “LIBI USA sponsors holiday gift packages, shopping food vouchers, recreational breaks, flights back to soldier’s home countries and more to let soldiers know that we are their family who truly cares about their welfare.”

LIBI USA also backs unique special education programs for high school students with behavioral or learning difficulties. “In Israel, serving and succeeding in the army is crucial for the future success of people,” noted Grossman. “Our high school enrichment programs help students better qualify for service which leads to higher achievements in life.”

Once soldiers complete their service, LIBI USA does not forget them. Alumni of special army units receive guidance for reentering civilian life. This is especially important for soldiers who have served in highly sensitive positions.

A new educational scholarship program is underway where combat, lone and needy soldiers will receive funding for higher education. Additionally, contributions are used to create meaningful memorials for fallen soldiers.

On September 23, LIBI USA sponsored a “Run for fallen Druze soldiers” event. Over 5,000 IDF soldiers ran through northern Israel in memory of their comrades in arms who paid the ultimate price for protecting the Holy Land.

“Every day I think about the dedication and bravery of our Israeli soldiers,” expressed Grossman to Breaking Israel News. “Their determination inspires us to keep working diligently for their welfare, safety and success.”

LIBI USA Helping Israel’s IDF Soldiers Enjoy a Sweet Jewish New Year

With the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, arriving on October 3, the Israeli army (IDF) is actively preparing to increase security in the Holy Land in order to ensure a safe, meaningful and enjoyable holiday for its citizens. The needs of the IDF soldiers also must be attended to in order to provide a bit of holiday spirit to those in active duty.

That is where LIBI USA,  the official fund of the IDF, steps in. “The IDF budget covers all Israeli soldier basic needs,” explain Dr. John A.I. Grossman, Chairman of LIBI USA. “LIBI USA steps in to   Logitech UE Roll speaker reviewsupport Israeli soldiers where the IDF budget ends.”

Presently, LIBI USA is raising funds to help needy and lone soldiers get food and supplies for the holiday with supermarket shopping vouchers. They are also funding holiday food boxes and gift baskets filled with basic supplies such as toiletries, towels, sheets and small appliances.  

“Our first focus is to do all we can to ensure that our IDF soldiers who are from poor homes or who have volunteered from all over the world to protect Israel by leaving their own families know that the people of Israel are one big family which takes care of everyone,” said Dr. Grossman. “Especially for Rosh Hashana, one of the most important days of the year, we want those who need it most to know that the upcoming year is filled with promise, care and joy.”

The budget for this holiday voucher program is enormous. “We are hoping to have millions of shekels to gift every poor and lone soldier with a 500 NIS voucher [$130],” continued Dr. Grossman. “Special needs soldiers and those who fall into the ‘grey’ area of need will hopefully be given a 250 NIS [$65] voucher, depending on how much funding is raised.”

“Grey area” soldiers are those who the Israeli government may not officially recognize as poor yet come from homes which struggle to make ends meet or have severe challenges like illness or dysfunction.

When asked what the budget for this holiday campaign is, Dr. Grossman replied that millions of shekels are needed but an exact figure could not be given as all funds which are donated will be distributed on a hierarchical basis. “If possible, we would like to gift every soldier with something for the holidays,” he said. “Our first priority and pray is that every IDF soldier knows that we are grateful for their dedication to the Land of Israel and bless them with a joy-filled New Year.”