Caring for Israel’s defenders:
Nefesh B’Nefesh - FIDF ‘personal errands day’ for Lone Soldiers

All essential government agencies whose services are needed by Lone Soldiers were concentrated under one roof in one intensive day.

Mordechai Sones ,

Special personal errands day for lone soldiers
Special personal errands day for lone soldiers
Shachar Azran

By land, sea, and air, the courageous men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) dedicate their every day to protecting the Jewish State. Within this group, the challenges of immigrant “Lone Soldiers,” who voluntarily enlist in the army and have no family in Israel, are particularly notable.

For instance, Lone Soldiers often find themselves without the time to complete their basic personal errands and to navigate the often-arduous process of Israeli bureaucracy. Given this reality, Nefesh BNefesh and the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) joined the IDF Human Resources Department to organize the annual Yom Siddurim (personal errands day), a one-stop shop for Lone Soldiers to complete a wide range of errands, in cooperation with the Aliyah and Integration and Interior Ministries, the Jewish Agency, Keren Kayemet L'Yisrael, and JNF-USA.

With the assistance of Yahad, all essential civilian agencies whose services are needed by Lone Soldiers are brought together in Beit HaChayal on the same day and under one roof, streamlining the soldiers’ efforts to take care of their logistical tasks.

This year’s Yom Siddurim will take place on Thursday, Jan. 25 at Beit HaChayal, 60 Weitzman St. in Tel Aviv, from 9:30-15:00.

More than 3,000 Lone Soldiers from around the world, including over 1,000 from North America, are currently serving in the IDF. About 1,600 Lone Soldiers from 70 different countries are expected to benefit from Nefesh B’Nefesh and FIDF’s personal errands day. In 2017 alone, 358 Lone Soldiers made Aliyah through Nefesh B’Nefesh.

The Yom Siddurim is an opportunity for Lone Soldiers to attend to personal affairs such as driving tests, taxes, municipal and governmental services, and a few foreign consular services will be represented. Additionally, Nefesh B’Nefesh and FIDF representatives are on site to provide guidance on acclimating into post-army life.

Agencies participating in Yom Siddurim include: Israel’s Interior Ministry, Aliyah and Integration Ministry, Student Licensing Office, Housing Ministry, Automobile License Authority, Israel Tax Authority, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Yahad – United for Israel’s Soldiers, Discharged Soldiers Guidance Department, Electric Company of Israel, Bank of Israel, and more.