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Yankees President Hosts 40 Youths Headed to Join Israeli Army

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Yankees President Randy Levine and wife Mindy Levine, center, at Yankee Stadium in New York with a group of young men and women who are making aliyah to serve in the Israeli army. Photo: Nefesh B'Nefesh.

New York Yankees President Randy Levine and his wife Mindy hosted some 40 young men and women at Yankee Stadium on Sunday who are making aliyah (emigrating to Israel) and plan to serve in the Israel Defense Forces.

The group of young Jews took an aliyah charter flight and will arrive in Israel on Tuesday with other new immigrants. Among a total of 338 youths that are arriving in Israel from the United States and Canada, 108 of them will be joining the IDF.

The flight was organized by Nefesh B’Nefesh, the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption and Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel, in cooperation with The Jewish Agency for Israel, JNF-USA and Tzofim Garin Tzabar.

“I want to thank Randy and Mindy Levine for their exceptional hospitality and the unforgettable experience they gave to the young Olim, just before they departure for Israel,” said Co-Founder and Executive Director of Nefesh B’Nefesh Rabbi Yehoshua Fass.

The IDF currently employs 2,800 lone soldiers who made aliyah on their own without their parents. The new soldiers will be taken care of in part by the Nefesh B’Nefesh Lone Soldiers Program, which provide a service package for young men and women who make aliyah and are required to serve in the IDF.

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