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. 

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