IDF celebrates ‘Day of Good Deeds’

Photo: IAF squadron volunteers

In honor of the ‘Day of Good Deeds’ soldiers from a variety of IDF (Zahal) units participated in community service events and activities

Date: 20/03/2012, 7:30 PM     Author: Florit Shoihet, Yael Livnat

Central Command soldiers volunteer in Jerusalem

Approximately 300 Central Command soldiers of all ranks and positions, joined thousands of civilian volunteers in painting, planting, and renovated in the Jerusalem area for the welfare of the residents.

The soldiers painted a school, planted foliage and decorated the streets. The number of soldiers who volunteered for the project greatly increased this year, turning the day into a tradition.

“The connection between the IDF (Zahal) and the society is extremely important in the Central Command and we put a lot of emphasis on community service,” explained the Command’s deputy education officer, Lt. Tomer Sherry. “Apart from volunteering and helping underprivileged communities, the soldiers are happy to get away from the difficult day-by-day grind.”

IAF Squadron takes underprivileged teens under their wing

For the second year in a row, the IAF’s northern squadron takes under its wing the Ramat Hadassah Youth Village that educates teens from difficult backgrounds and works to fulfill their potential. The Squadron soldiers meet with students in their senior year who are about to enlist to the IDF (Zahal) about the importance of a military service, its value and contribution to the nation.

A squadron member, Lt. Dor told IDF (Zahal) Website that “the main purpose is to create a place in society where the soldiers van not only volunteer but create a long term connection.”