A little over 5 years ago, an 18 year old boy left his family in Canada to go to Israel and volunteer in the IDF. He joined more than four thousand young men and women, with a deep and abiding love for the land and people of Israel, who came to do the same thing, Mordy Botnick became a combat soldier and protected the Jewish nation and the Jewish land.
During his service he lived through the difficulties of the life of a ‘lone soldier’, a soldier who is without family in Israel. Weekends were especially challenging, so Mordy started organizing Shabbos meals for his fellow lone soldiers and a family was born. Mordy knew he could change the experience of future lone soldiers, and this he did.
It was just a few short years later that Mordy and his wife, Malka Esther, together with the Abramowitz family, set up four homes in the center of Jerusalem for Lone Soldiers. They called the program Chayel el Chayel. Their goal was to make sure that all ‘lone soldiers’ know that they are not alone and that they have family in Israel. From these homes they offer Shabbos and Holiday meals for over 80 soldiers on a weekly basis as well as lodging, laundry, trips and hikes, Shabbatons, Birthday parties, moral support, attendance at military ceremonies, spiritual guidance and much more. Hundreds of lone soldiers have come through the doors of Chayal el Chayal and have found a place to rest and recharge spiritually, emotionally and physically.
As the Lone Soldier program grows in size and stature, boys and girls from California and the rest of the U.S. continue to participate and benefit from the important work in which Chayal el Chayal engage.
On March 2nd, Mordy and Malka Esther Botnick will be visiting Los Angeles and showing a presentation of their programs and events at an event which will be hosted by Marty and Hadassah Weiss, grateful parents of a current lone soldier. Please come!
Chayel el Chayel Event, March 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM. Address: 179 S. McCadden Pl
Los Angeles, 90004. Contact: Mumzeee@gmail.com chayalelchayal.org lonesoldierhome.com