Lone Soldier

[lohn] [sohl-jer]

1. A serviceman or woman in the IDF without immediate family in Israel
2. A serviceman or woman in the IDF without monetary or emotional support from their family

Lone Soldiers – Facts and Figures

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6,300 LONE SOLDIERS IN THE IDF
52% are in combat roles
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3,000 LONE SOLDIERS FROM ABROAD
North America
South America
Europe
Asia
Africa
Australia
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3,300 LONE SOLDIERS FROM ISRAEL
Orphans or single parent homes
Children banned from home
Family Issues – psychological, social, religious
Draftees and soldiers without financial support
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INFLUX OF LONE SOLDIERS
From 2011 – 2014 there was a 24%
increase of Lone Soldiers in the IDF
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PAY IN THE IDF PER MONTH
Non combat soldiers $308.05
Combat support soldier $392
Combat soldier $423.30
Apartment subsidy for lone soldiers $268
[Current as of 12/6/2015]
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RETURN RATE
60% of foreign lone soldiers return to their home
country after completion of their service

Challenges

Limited Resources
No Place to Stay
No Family
No Friends
No Community support
New Language to master
No Job, idle until draft date

What Lone Soldiers Need

Family Atmosphere
Place to Stay
Shabbat and Holiday Meals
Listening Ear And Guidance
Judaism
Pre and Post Army Guidance
Counseling

…and here’s where Chayal el Chayal comes in…

A Home Away From Home for IDF Lone Soldiers

Chayal el Chayal caters to pre, present and post service lone soldiers. Whether helping to make arrangements before, during and after their IDF service, they always have a family and  home waiting for them.

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PRE DRAFTING LONE SOLDIERS:  Arriving in Israel to serve in the IDF as a lone soldier can be challenging. With no place to stay or eat, no one to ask questions of, your goal of serving in the IDF can be difficult to achieve. Chayal el Chayal is the lone soldiers home away from home in the center of Jerusalem and we understand the challenges you face. Our staff consists of former lone soldiers who themselves experienced these trials, and can help make the transition from your home country to the Israel Defense Forces much easier.
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PRESENT LONE SOLDIERS:  During your army service, being on base the whole week can be really tough. At Chayal el Chayal, we understand your needs and we make sure that when you are off-duty and off base, you have a home in the center of Jerusalem to come to eat, sleep or just relax.
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FORMER LONE SOLDIERS: After your service in the IDF there are many potential lifechanging decisions to make. Some of the questions you might ask yourself: Should I go to University or Yeshiva?  Should I work on a career or get a job? Should I stay in Israel for a while or go home right away?  Should I make aliyah?  At Chayal el Chayal we understand your dilemmas and we make sure that when you complete your service we are here to help you out with your plans for the future.

What does Chayal el Chayal offer?

Chayal el Chayal provides a wide range of services for lone soldiers. From before you draft to after the completion of your army service, our mission remains the same – to care for every lone soldier.

  • Family Atmosphere
  • Lodging
  • Food
  • Weekly Shabbat & Holiday Meals
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Spiritual Guidance
  • Care & Holiday Packages
  • Gear & Equipment Packages
  • Attendance at Tekes/Graduation Ceremonies
  • Hikes & Trips
  • Classes & Courses
  • Networking for Former Lone Soldiers
  • Security Connections
  • Post Army Yeshivah & Seminary Connections

Join Chayal el Chayal today!

Hear what the Lone Soldiers are saying!

It’s not just one story. Chayal el Chayal has affected the lives of thousands of lone soldiers.

  • The inspiration derived from a Shabbos at Chayal el Chayal has helped me through countless rough times.

    CHAIM R., MONTREAL, GOLANI
  • You can’t choose your family, but I chose Chayal el Chayal.

    SIMCHA B., NEW YORK, NETZACH YEHUDA
  • With every new draft, this family keeps growing.

    LAZER M., OHIO, IDF SPOKESPERSON UNIT
  • Without Chayal el Chayal I would not have the friends I have now.

    ASTRID C., MILITARY POLICE, ARIZONA
    Lone Soldier IDF
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