“The main task of Israel’s Defense Forces is defending the State of Israel, but that is not their only function. The Army must also serve as a center for the pioneering education of Israel’s youth, for those born in Israel as for immigrants.”
Founding Father and First Prime Minister of the State of Israel
Provide IDF Soldiers with the Resources and Support they need
LIBI USA supports Israeli soldiers by funding educational, religious, social and recreational activities not covered by the IDF’s budget.
Uniform to University
Scholarships for Soldiers
The innovative “Uniform to University“ project provides scholarships for academic studies and vocational training to soldiers who have completed their full military service. Scholarships are awarded to discharged combat soldiers and soldiers from disadvantaged homes. This revolutionary program conveys our deep appreciation and thanks to IDF soldiers for their service and contribution to the State of Israel.
Building and Development Projects
For the Well-being of Soldiers
LIBI USA funds the construction of buildings for the increased well-being of IDF soldiers. These buildings include; social clubs, fitness rooms, synagogues, cultural rooms, and recreation areas. These facilities offer spots for much-needed rest and relaxation, keep soldiers fit, and enable bonding between soldiers. These facilities are used during off-duty hours as well as between military and training activities.
Soldiers’ Homes and Hostels
Nine “Soldiers’ Houses” and Hostels Across Israel
These nine houses and hostels provide a home away from home for lone soldiers (soldiers without family in Israel) and soldiers serving far away from their families. Here, soldiers receive food, accommodations, and support from professional staff. These homes are also used to accommodate and host army units during training exercises.
Apartments for Lone Soldiers
“Bayit Cham” = “Warm House”
More than 100 apartments across Israel house lone soldiers. These apartments are called “Bayit Cham” or “Warm House”. Soldiers living in these apartments are assisted by professional staff who help with home maintenance. In addition, food and supplies are provided to lone soldiers cost-free.
Airfare for Lone Soldiers
Each year, about 1,400 lone soldiers (soldiers with both parents living abroad) fly abroad to visit their families. LIBI USA sponsors one-time airfare, anywhere in the world! This program conveys our deep thanks and appreciation to lone soldiers who volunteer and serve in the IDF.
Passover Holiday Seders for Lone Soldiers
At the Recreation Village “On the Sea” in Givat Olga
An annual Passover Seder (festive Biblical meal) is held for 500 lone soldiers at the “On the Sea” recreation village. Top IDF commanders and high-level staff partake in the Passover Seder to help create an atmosphere of family, ritual, and unity.