Thanksgiving Dinner For Lone Soldiers And Bnot Sherut (Photo Essay)

By BJLIfe/Sharon Altshul
Posted on 11/25/21

Jerusalem, Israel - Nov. 25, 2021  - A Thanksgiving dinner for over 250 Lone Soldiers and Lone Bnot Sherut, was hosted at the new Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah campus in Jerusalem, Israel. Sponsored by the Nefesh B’Nefesh-FIDF Lone Soldiers Program and Ori Program for Lone Bnot Sherut, in cooperation with The Michael Levin Base, the event was supported by the Bet Shemesh Community led by volunteer Yehudis Schamroth, the Karnei Shomron community, and the Beer Bazaar.

“It was extremely heartwarming to see so many Lone Soldiers and Bnot Sherut celebrating together after such a long break from in-person programming,” said Co-Founder and Executive Director of Nefesh B’Nefesh, Rabbi Yehoshua Fass. “It was wonderful to provide a taste of home for these young men and women who give so much to our nation and homeland.” 

With the Solomon Brothers providing entertainment, the evening was lively and fun with traditional foods from sliced turkey to canned cranberry sauce. For lone soldiers from Australia and Eastern Europe, it was their first experience with Thanksgiving.

“Opening our doors less than two years ago, just as Corona hit, it's a tremendous achievement for us to be able to co-host with NBN hundreds of lone Soldiers and Lone Bnot Sherut this Thanksgiving," said Bonnie Rosenbaum Co-Director of The Michael Levin Base. “We are thrilled that so many can benefit from The Michael Levin Base, showing how much The Base is an essential resource for this community. We would like to thank NBN for this opportunity to collaborate and support together with our Lone Soldiers and Lone Bnot Sherut” she added.

Thankful to be returning to live events and celebrating after a difficult week that began with the terrorist murder of former Lone Soldier Eli Kay z"l who was fondly remembered in the evening's speeches.