New York— Randy Levine, President of the New York Yankees baseball club, and his wife Mindy recently hosted at Yankee Stadium some 40 young men and women who are planning to make aliyah and to serve in the Israel Defense Forces.
Some of the future IDF soldiers were on the charter aliyah flight that arrived in Israel on August 11th with 338 new Olim (immigrants) from the United States and Canada.
The special flight was organized by Nefesh B’Nefesh, the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption and Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel, in cooperation with The Jewish Agency for Israel, JNF-USA and Tzofim Garin Tzabar.
The IDF currently has 2,800 Lone Soldiers serving in a range of positions in the army, after making aliyah without their parents. The purpose of the Nefesh B’Nefesh Lone Soldiers Program is to provide a holistic service package for young men and women who make aliyah and are required to serve in the IDF.
“I want to thank Randy and Mindy Levine for their exceptional hospitality and the unforgettable experience they gave to the young Olim, just before they departure for Israel,” said Co-Founder and Executive Director of Nefesh B’Nefesh Rabbi Yehoshua Fass.