SPIRIT R&R Program
Providing a Revitalizing Vacation
Serving in a combat unit is physically and emotionally exhausting - the hours are long, the training drills are demanding, and there is very little “down time" on the base. The SPIRIT Program gives these young men and women a much-needed break from their daily responsibilities and duties as soldiers.
The SPIRIT Program provides every IDF combat unit with a week of relaxation and fun. This week does wonders for the soldiers – it allows them to "recharge their batteries” and to return to service with renewed strength.
FIDF hosts SPIRIT weeks at state-of-the-art rest and recreation centers in Ashkelon and Givat Olga. These facilities were designed to provide the soldiers with the most relaxing accommodations possible and include such amenities as athletic fields, exercise equipment, swimming pool, game room, theater, and computer center.
Throughout this week of R&R, the soldiers can play sports, enjoy social events and performances by popular Israeli artists, or just catch up on some much-needed sleep.
- In 2013, 13,000 combat soldiers enjoyed weeks of rest and recreation through FIDF’s SPIRIT Program.
- Cost: $120 enables one soldier to enjoy a SPIRIT week.
A $50,000 donation allows an entire battalion to enjoy a SPIRIT week.
"The soldiers slept as they hadn't slept for ages, sang until they lost their voice, and celebrated night and day. They managed to forget the difficult and demanding reality in which they work."
- Colonel R, Infantry Commander in the Nachal Brigade
"Our battalion really needed this SPIRIT R&R week in Ashkelon. The last time we were supposed to go on this R&R week, we got called up for the ‘Cast Lead’ Operation in Gaza and weren’t able to enjoy a week of vacation. Now we are having a great time. We go to the pool, play tennis, laugh, relax. What the FIDF supporters are doing is blessed work."
- Major Erez, Company Commander in the Haruv Battalion