GMR Spring convention

GMR - join us as we wrap up our J-Serve 2021 projects by taking some time this weekend to write a letter to a Lone Soldier.

On April 13-15, 2021 Israel commemorated Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day for the fallen soldiers and victims of actions of terrorism) and celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel’s 73rd Independence Day). On these days we remember the sacrifice of the soldiers and victims of terror over the last 73 years—and we celebrate the triumph that is the State of Israel. In honor of these days, we are sending personal messages to lone soldiers currently serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Who are lone soldiers?


Soldiers from other countries who made Aliyah (immigrated) to Israel by themselves to enlist in the IDF and defend Israel; Israeli-born soldiers from poor socio-economic backgrounds whose families are unable to house or support them; Soldiers who are no longer in touch with their families.

There are over 6,000 lone soldiers in Israel, of whom approximately 1,000 are combat soldiers who have chosen to serve the country and risk their lives to keep Israel safe.

Writing instructions


Lone soldiers will appreciate any messages of encouragement and support. You can write about your memories from Israel or your favorite place; talk about yourself and your connection to the Jewish state; and/or ask about their experiences as IDF soldiers. All will be appreciated! You can also leave your contact information if you would like to invite the soldier to write back. (Please note that while all letters are greatly appreciated, not all soldiers will have the opportunity to reply.)

Submission instructions


To send a virtual letter, please email to [email protected] no later than Sunday, April 25 at 11:59pm.

Attach your letter (Word doc preferred) in an email to [email protected] -  Please do not include your letter in the body of the email text -  Your email title should be: [Your Full Name] - Israel letter

Sample Letter

Hello Friend,

My name is ____. It’s nice to meet you! I was able to connect with you with the help of BBYO and the JUF TOV Volunteer Network during Good Deeds Day, an international day of service that began in Israel. I’m writing in hopes to brighten your day!

I enjoy ____. Some new/fun things I’ve started to do since COVID-19 began are ____. What activities do you enjoy?

My favorite memories from Israel are  ____. I would like to visit Israel and see/do ____. I feel most connected with Israel when I ___. What do you enjoy most about Israel? What is your experience like as a solider?

Thank you for all you do to keep Israel and its people safe! Have a wonderful year!

[Optional: I’m interested in talking more! If you would like to write back, my contact information is ______.]


[Your Name]