JERUSALEM (JTA) — A home for lone soldiers in Israel opened in Ramat Gan.
The home dedicated in an April 19 ceremony was a $5 million Friends of the Israel Defense Forces project headed by Elias and Lila Kalimian and family of Great Neck, N.Y.
Each of the 42 apartments in the Kalimian Lone Soldiers’ Home has four beds.
Thousands of young men and women from around the world serve in the IDF at any given time with no family or other support system. The Lone Soldiers’ Home will provide a place for them to stay during their time off.
The Friends of the IDF also sponsors Lone Soldiers’ Homes in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Three generations of the Kalimian family joined “From Holocaust to Independence,” the FIDF delegation to Poland and Israel, prior to the dedication.