About 300 members of Garin Tzabar of the Israeli Scouts Movement are expected to immigrate to Israel to join the IDF in November and serve as lone soldiers. They will all be participating in the annual opening ceremony of Garin Tzabar next week in Jerusalem. Approximately 1,200 guests and VIPs are also expected to attend the impressive ceremony, Sara Netanyahu among them.

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IDF soldiers | Archive Photo Credit: Matan Hakimi, IDF Spokesperson, Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

300 teens, who hail from the United States, Great Britain, France, Hong Kong, Brazil, Holland, Australia, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Mexico and many other countries, will be immigrating to Israel next week with the intention of joining the IDF as lone soldiers. The teens, all members of the Garin Tzabar program, will be among the 1,200 participants in the annual Garin Tzabar opening ceremony.

Also attending the ceremony will be guest of honor Mrs. Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Chairman of the Israeli Scout Movement Eli Ben Yosef, Executive Director of the Friends of Israel Scouts Elad Sanderovich; Chairman of Nefesh B’Nefesh Tony Gelbart, Secretary General of the Kibbutz Movement Nir Meir; Commander of the IDF’s Meitav Unit Yossi Matzliach and MK’s Michael Oren and Oded Forer.

Sara Netanyahu at a Garin Tzabar event in 2015

Sara Netanyahu at a Garin Tzabar event in 2015 Photo Credit: Haim Zach, GPO/ Channel 2 News

Ahead of their arrival, Elad Sandrovich said that “by the end of 2017, no less than 450 quality young people will be immigrating to Israel to serve as lone soldiers to protect the State of Israel and its citizens.” They are immigrating, he added, in spite of the “many personal challenges that each immigrant faces and they deserve recognition and appreciation for the courageous decision to come to Israel and join the IDF. It is our job to embrace them with the warm hug that they deserve for the great sacrifice that they are making for us.”

The Garin Tzabar project of the Tzofim Movement, a non-profit organization founded in 1991, works in conjunction with Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, Nefesh B’Nefesh, the Jewish Agency, the Kibbutz Movement, the World Zionist Organization and the Masa program to bring Jewish young adults from abroad to serve in the IDF. The project offers the new immigrants a home away from home in various communities throughout Israel that adopts them throughout the duration of their army service.