The German Deputy Defense Attaché was the guest of honor at last night’s IDF Widows and Orphans Organization University scholarship and wedding gifts ceremony. The organization supports the widows and orphans of Israel’s fallen soldiers providing them with financial, social and emotional support.

The German Deputy Defense Attaché and the Ziada family

The German Deputy Defense Attaché and the Ziada family Photo Credit: IDFWO

Every year, hundreds of orphans are awarded scholarships to pursue their university studies or vocational training. This year recipients included Kamel Ziada, son of Miriam Ziadna who traveled from her home in the Negev to receive the award on her son’s behalf. The IDFWO is open to IDF widows of all faiths and Ziadna is one of a number of Bedouin widows supported by the organization. Both her son, Kamel, and her daughter, Ahlam, are currently studying medicine in Romania. Ahlam also received a scholarship. Miriam was collecting both their scholarships.

Deputy Defense Attaché German Embassy Commander Kai Zimmermann was deeply moved by the work of the IDFWO. He said: “The German-Israel relationship is very important to us. The IDF Widows & Orphans Organization does amazing work to ensure that IDF orphans and widows have a bright future and find helping hands. We stand by you and your ideals in true friendship and support.”

This is yet another stage in the friendship between the German people and the IDFWO. Both the German Ambassador to Israel and Defense Attaché attended this year’s IDFWO B’nai Mitzvah event in Jerusalem showing their commitment to the cause.

The German Deputy Defense Attaché and a scholarship recipient

The German Deputy Defense Attaché and a scholarship recipient Photo Credit: IDFWO

Among the other guests were IDFWO Canadian supporter Jack Zimmerman, who was able to personally present the three scholarship he funded; IDFWO Chairwomen Tali Shelach, herself an IDF widow; the Israel Police was represented by Police Commander Nir Ezra and DC. Gila Gaziel, head of the Human Resources Division; Aryeh Muallem, Deputy Director of the Israeli Ministry of Defense; Maj. Gen. Motti Almoz, head of IDF Manpower Directorate; Mr. Alon Even, representative of Friends of the IDF (FIDF); and representing some of IDFWO’s many international donors were Aviv Bushinsky, Donors’ Representative in Israel of HESEG Foundation, ATT. Aliza Levine & Ms. Margalit Lichtblau, representatives of the Sara and Max Graf Trust.

For more information about the work of the IDFWO, click here