In 2009, the Jerusalem Institute of Justice was shocked to discover the state in which many of the Israel Defense Force’s lone soldiers were living at the time.
Lone soldiers are those who have no family to return to over weekends. The majority of them were rejected by their ultra-orthodox families for deciding to serve in the Israeli army. Most of these soldiers stay in “soldier homes” provided by the IDF.
Founder of JIJ, Calev Myers, immediately took action to aid these soldiers by presenting the matter to the Knesset Security and Foreign Affairs Committee in March of 2010. They received a decision to begin drastically improving the living conditions of Israel’s lone soldiers, improving housing, providing meals, computer access and more. The Jerusalem Institute of Justice continues to bring joy and a feeling of family to Israel’s soldiers, who lack family support.