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SASI Volunteer Day with Lone Soldiers

Students who are currently studying in Israel through Telfed's SASI programme (Southern Africans Studying in Israel) had an opportunity to participate in a wonderful volunteering day at HaBayit shel Benji – a residence for lone soldiers in Ra'anana.

The SASI students met up with Telfed representatives on Friday 28 December and began with a tour of the building to see the facilities provided to the lone soldiers living at HaBayit shel Benji.

Then it was off to work… The students spent the morning painting and cleaning the rooms and, following their hard work, enjoyed a fun and engaging lunch with the soldiers. This was a great opportunity for these SA students to meet lone soldiers of a similar age who have left their families to serve in the IDF.  

Thank you to Rebecca (the SASI coordinator) for helping to coordinate this volunteering day with the students.

SASI Student, Jenna Gelman, reflected on the day:

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” The words of Anne Frank resonated within me as I, together with the rest of my SASI team, was made aware of how ‘Habayit Shel Benji’ was established. It was through the turmoil of losing a loved one – a son committed to his soldiers and especially to lone soldiers – that this organization emerged.

We had an amazing experience painting the rooms of lone soldiers - the least we could do to show our appreciation for their putting their lives on the line to serve our beloved Israel.

Thereafter, we had a delicious braai with some of the lone soldiers and got to hear about their experiences in the IDF.

I am so grateful to have been afforded this opportunity and would love to participate in many more activities like this. The act of giving is undoubtedly more rewarding than that of receiving.


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