In the Media

Canada Supports IDF Widows and Orphans
Canadian Ambassador to Israel, Deborah Lyons, and Defence Attaché, Col. Tony Lovett, attended a memorial lighting at Israel Defence Forces Widows and Orphans’ (IDFWO’s) office in Givat Shmuel to commemorate Yom Hazikaron.Read more >>
Journey of the Children of Heroes
Israel's ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, met with IDF Orphans at UN Headquarters in NY. He spoke to IDF orphans about being an IDF orphan himself and the deep pain he still feels.Read more >>
Affordable Ways to Stay Sane and Keep Kids Entertained During Summer Break
The IDF Widows and Orphans organization has some creative and affordable summer activity ideas for keeping your kids busy. IDFWO holds events and activities throughout the year for families who have lost a husband or father in the IDF.Read more >>
A Reason For Living
Anyone who supports Israel will recognise the importance of the Israel Defence Forces. We shake their hands as we see them walking the streets in their uniform; profusely thank them for their service, raise money for their continued wellbeing and education. But what about when the unthinkable happens and a member of the IDF is killed? As we mourn the loss of a soldier the lives of their families are changed forever.Read more >>
50,000 Shekel Raised in IDFWO Football Quiz
IDFWO Football Quiz and Raffle was held in Petach Tikvah for the third year in a row. The event was run by brothers Jamie and Aron Lazarus and was sponsored by the Israel Football Association and the Maccabi TLV Basketball Club. The event brought together British olim and Football fans who enjoyed some trivia, good food, and good company. Together they raised over 50,000 shekels to send 30 IDF orphans to Otzma (‘strength’) Camp.Read more >>
The Untold Stories: Widows of the 6-Day War Still Suffer in Silence 50 Years Later
The Six-Day War widows are still dealing with the emotional scars that began 50 years ago. Simona Maar Ziv and Ruth Elul, both of whom lost their husbands in the war, share their stories of loss and pain. Over the years, both of them have been actively participating in IDFWO (IDF Widows and Orphans) activities.Read more >>
Six-Day War Widows Count the Cost
As we look at the miracle of the 1967 Six-Day War, it is also important to look at the cost. For the young country, it was an epic turning point. But for many people, this victory cost them everything.
In 1967, Ruth Elul was a 27-year-old mother of two when her husband, Yekutiel Novick, was killed in the war.Read more >>
How Bnei Mitzvah Around the World are Taking the Opportunity to Share their Celebrations with Israel Disadvantaged Children their Age
For example, “Mitzvah Projects” allows Bar- and Bat-Mitzvah-aged boys and girls from around the world to use the occasion of their Bnei Mitzvah to fundraise and raise awareness for orphans whose parent was killed while in the IDF or Israel Security Forces.Read more >>
Providing Mutual Support
May 1 was Yom Hazikaron (Israel Memorial Day), May 2 celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) and this month marks the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War and the reunification of Jerusalem. For the widows of Israel’s fallen soldiers, who paid the ultimate price so that Jews all over the world could revel in the modern-day rebirth of the Jewish state, these anniversaries stir varying emotions.Read more >>
From Darkness to a New Dawn: Israel's Support Network for IDF Widows and Orphans
When you live in Israel, serving in the army is pat of the fabric of life. But woven into that complex tapestry is the knowledge that too many citizens have paid the ultimate price in order to protect their homeland.Read more >>
IDF Widows and Orphans Holds First Large-Scale Fundraiser
Speaking to almost 300 supporters of IDF Widows and Orphans (IDFWO) at a Toronto fundraiser March 27, the 15-year-old boy spoke of the role the organization has played in his life in the past few years.Read more >>
Germany Salutes Israeli Fallen Soldiers
The German Deputy Defense Attaché showed his support to IDF orphans at the IDF Widows and Orphans Organization University scholarship and wedding gifts ceremony.Read more >>
Planting Hope with IDF Widows and Orphans
During Tu B’shvat, IDFWO organized a tree planting event in the Givat Koah Forest in Israel—a site where many trees were devastated due to the recent forest fires. The olive tree was chosen as a symbol of peace and hope.Read more >>
Children of Fallen Soldiers Celebrate Group B’nai Mitzvah
More than two dozen children of fallen Israeli soldiers, as well as the son of an American serviceman who died in Afghanistan, celebrated their bar and bat mitzvahs in Jerusalem this month in a group ceremony conducted by the IDF Widows and Orphans Organization.Read more >>
Bar and Bat Mitzvahs for Israeli Military Orphans
Dozens of orphans of fallen Israeli soldiers and the son of an American serviceman who died in Afghanistan celebrated their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in Jerusalem on Thursday, Oct. 13, in a mass ceremony conducted by the IDF Widows and Orphans Organization.Read more >>
Death of Airforce Pilot Too Close to Home for IDFWO Chairperson
Death of Israeli air force pilot a little too close to home for chairperson of IDF Widows & Orphans Organization. Tami Shelach will attend memorial service for her husband whose plane was shot down during Yom Kippur war - before attending funeral of Major Ohad Cohen  
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IDF orphans B'nei Mitzvah in Jerusalem
IDF orphans celebrate coming of age in Jerusalem. Israeli children are joined by son of US fallen soldier.Read more >>
Children of Fallen Israeli Soldiers, and an American, Celebrate Bar Mitzvahs
Dozens of orphans of fallen Israeli soldiers, and the son of an American serviceman who died in Afghanistan, celebrated their bar and bat mitzvahs in Jerusalem Thursday in a mass ceremony conducted by the IDF Widows and Orphans Organization.Read more >>
For Head of IDF Widows and Orphans Group, Yom Kippur a Reminder of a Love Lost
Tami Shelach, chairperson of organization that represents families of fallen soldiers, struggles to discuss her husband, a pilot who was shot down and killed over Egypt in the war 43 years agoRead more >>
Son of US Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Shares Bar Mitzvah with Israeli Counterparts
Andrew “AJ” Voelke was 8-years-old in 2012 when his father, US Army Major Paul Voelke, 36, was killed while serving in Afghanistan.Read more >>
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