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IDFWO’s 'Otzma Quarantine Camp'
"Despite being physically far away, the boys and girls are close to our hearts," says Shelach. "The special kits are designed to relieve boredom and to help the children cope with these tough times."Read more >>
Coming of Age Without a Parent
On Thursday November 7th, 32 IDF Orphans celebrated their Bar or Bat Mitzvahs at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. 23 boys and 9 girls, who all lost a parent while in service to the state, came together in Jerusalem to celebrate their coming of age.Read more >>
A Whopping $10K Raised for Widows and Orphans of Fallen IDF Soldiers by Selfless Community Bar Mitzvah Boy
Joshua Romano decided to share his Bar Mitzvah celebration with IDF widows and orphans by raising money for the IDFWO through a bake sale and auction, and raised a whopping $10K!Read more >>
Moving Musical Tribute for Memorial Day from IDF Orphans
Every year IDF Orphans get the chance to sing with a famous Israeli singer to honor fallen IDF soldiers on Yom Hazikaron. In May 2019, they sang "Son and Father and Mother" with Harel Skaat and Elai Botner.Read more >>
A Testimony of Loss and Strength
In honor of Yom Hazikaron, we published a special booklet with poems and thoughts from IDF widows and orphans. Yom Hazikaron is an especially difficult day for our widows and orphans. The booklet " Longing" testifies the power, and the tremendous strength in the widows and orphans, who despite all rise above the pain.Read more >>
NIS 85,000 Raised to Support Orphans of IDF Soldiers in Annual Soccer Quiz
NIS 85,000 was raised by the IDF Widows and Orphans Organization (IDFWO) at their annual soccer quiz on Wednesday, July 4 to support orphans whose parents lost their lives fighting in the IDF.Read more >>
Canadian Couple Honored for Helping Israeli War Orphans
For the past seven years, the Cohens, who have a 25-year-old daughter and a son in university, have been involved in hosting Israeli children through IDFWO Canada for the Toronto leg of the trip.Read more >>
A War Widow Remembers
Author of memoir about loss is featured in Teaneck on Shabbat ChayalRead more >>
Beth Aaron to Honor IDF Widows and Orphans on Shabbat Chayal
Many Teaneck shuls set aside a Shabbat close to the yearly Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut commemorations to honor chayalim who are currently serving or in the past have served in the IDF and supports IDFWO. In addition to the kiddush on Shabbat Chayal, Beth Aaron has invited author and IDF widow Ziva Bakman-Flamhaft to address the congregation.Read more >>
Hear From One of Our Supporters
Hear the experience from one of our supporters at the Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebration at the Western Wall.Read more >>
Running for Life
During the TLV Night Run, widow Sara Omer laced up her running shoes and showed her children the importance of resolve in times of tragedy.Read more >>
IDF orphans celebrate their Bar and Bat Mitzvah at the Western Wall
On the threshold of adulthood Bar and bat Mitzva event for IDF orphans demonstrates bright future ahead, despite suffering great loss.Read more >>
Bar and Bat Mitzvah IDF orphans celebrate with the President of Israel
President, Reuven Rivlin and his wife, Nechama Rivlin, hold festive meeting with the Chief of Staff for 28 IDF and security forces orphans of Bar and Bat Mitzvah age.Read more >>
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 >>
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