Ach Gadol for lone soldiers

14 years ago, we started a unique social initiative providing a response to the need for support, guidance, and one-on-one counseling for individuals independently integrating into Israeli society. We created an “address” for this kind of support, and we called it Ach Gadol. An Ach Gadol – literally, a Big Brother – is a volunteer who was once a lone soldier and completed military service. He or she can draw upon personal experiences to provide the tools necessary for each lone soldier: offering support in developing feelings of resilience and competence, providing relevant information and insight on how to utilize one’s rights as a lone soldier in the IDF. An Ach Gadol can act as a cultural bridge and provide emotional support in situations where lone soldiers may feel very much alone. We started out with 15 volunteers. Today, as a result of Ach Gadol?s efforts, we are 500 volunteers strong. We provide ongoing support for over 1,500 lone soldiers and prepare about 1000 young adults for military service each year. For these activities, we have been recognized and honored by different institutions: President’s Award in the category of Social Cohesion, granted by the late Shimon Peres The Minister of Absorption Sofa Landver’s Award – for making significant strides in the area of immigrant absorption. Ach Gadol strives to enhance the lone-soldier’s involvement in Israeli society, thus increasing his or her chances for permanent residence.

Address Yetizat Eropa 32/23
City Kfar Saba
Zip Code 44390
Country Israel
Phone 972-54-4594921
ID Number 58-0536985

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