35 CHILDREN AND SIBLINGS OF FALLEN ISRAELI SOLDIERS JOIN CHICAGO SUMMER CAMP
FIDF donor Lori Komisar: ‘There is no better gift than bringing these incredible kids here to share in the uniquely American experience of summer camp.’
CHICAGO, July 27 – Thirty-‐five children and siblings of fallen Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers are visiting the Chicago area this week as part of the Friends of the IDF (FIDF) LEGACY program to meet local FIDF supporters and attend a week-‐and-‐a-‐half-‐long recreation camp.
At JCC Camp Chi outside Milwaukee, the Israeli teens – all of whom have lost a family member who was serving in Israel’s military – will bond with each other and meet American peers, forming friendships that will last a lifetime. The children will participate both in typical American camp activities – including swimming, archery, rock climbing, and arts & crafts – and in more familiar traditions, such as Israeli dancing and Jewish learning.
As part of the LEGACY experience, FIDF supporters are hosting events for the Israeli teens at their North Shore homes preceding the camp.
“These brave children have suffered such tremendous loss,” said FIDF supporter Lori Komisar, who hosted a welcome pool party for the 35 children last Thursday at her and Morris Silverman’s home. “For their bnei mitzvah, we wanted to find a way to show them how much we appreciate the sacrifices their families made – and that FIDF is here to support them. There is no better gift than bringing these incredible kids here to share in the uniquely American experience of summer camp.”
The FIDF LEGACY program supports thousands of widows, orphans, siblings, and other family members of fallen IDF soldiers through a variety of recreational activities, financial support, and life-‐cycle celebrations.
Below please find photos from the welcome pool party.
Photo Credit: Romy Modlin Photography. High-‐resolution versions of these photos are available upon request.
Photo #1: Girls who came to Chicago as part of FIDF’s LEGACY program jump into the pool at FIDF supporters Lori Komisar and Morris Silverman’s home.
Photo #2: Israeli teens came to the Chicago area as part of FIDF’s LEGACY program.
Photo #3: The group of FIDF LECAGY children and counselors with FIDF Central Region supporters and professionals.
Photo #4: FIDF supporters Morris Silverman and Lori Komisar pose with FIDF LEGACY program participants at their North Shore home.