2017 LEGACY Camp


FIDF brought dozens of children and siblings of
fallen soldiers to summer camps across the US.

Children and siblings of fallen Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers visited Washington DC, NJ, Long Island and the Chicago area this summer as part of the LEGACY program to attend an unforgettable 10-day recreation camp.

As part of the LEGACY experience, FIDF supporters hosted the Israeli teens– all of whom have lost a family member who were serving in Israel’s military – at their homes before the camp began.

The Israeli teens bonded with each other and spent 10 days camping with American peers, forming lifelong friendships. The Israeli children are participated in American camp activities – swimming, archery, rock climbing, and arts and crafts – and in more familiar traditions like Israeli dancing and Jewish learning.


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2017 LEGACY Summer

“These brave children – whose parents have made the ultimate sacrifice for Israel and Jews around the world – have been through so much,” said FIDF National Board Member Morris Silverman, who hosted a pool party for the 25 children at his and FIDF supporter Lori Komisar’s Winnetka home last week. Silverman and Komisar have been FIDF LEGACY hosts for the past eight years.

“We wanted to show them how grateful we and FIDF are for the sacrifices they and their families have made,” Komisar added. “Bringing these incredible kids here to make lifelong friends, meet the community, and share in the uniquely American experience of summer camp is a wonderful way to help them heal from their tremendous loss.”

Seven counselors, who all experienced similar tragedies and also served in the IDF, accompanied the children to help provide comfort and guidance. Some of the counselors have benefitted from the FIDF IMPACT! Scholarship Program, which grants full four-year academic scholarships to IDF combat veterans of modest means. 

“Bringing these incredible kids here to make lifelong friends, meet the community, and share in the uniquely American experience of summer camp is a wonderful way to help them heal from their loss,” said Mr. Arnie Hiller, who is president of FIDF’s Washington chapter.

 

2017 LEGACY Camp in the Press

Read local articles about this year's LEGACY camp

Around the Midatlantic Region

The Patch

Baltimore Jewish Living

Kol HaBirah

Around the Chicago Area

Chicago Patch

Daily North Shore

Chicago Tribune/Winnetka Talk

The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Jerusalem Post

Long Island

The Patch

The Great Neck Record

New Jersey

New Jersey Jewish News

The Patch

The Jewish Link

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