ABOUT 200 PEOPLE turned out July 11 at Chabad House of Monroe for a Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) program that raised $11,000 for the non-profit which supports IDF soldiers through educational, social, cultural, and recreational programs and facilities. Chabad House of Monroe is affiliated with Chabad of Central NJ.
The program featured two former members of the IDF who could be identified by first name only. Sgt. Maya operated drones and Staff Sgt. Y served as a search-and -rescue fighter in the elite 669 Unit which is part of the Israeli air force.
Sgt. Y., a native of Ramat Gan, is the grandson of a Holocaust survivor who grew up hearing about the horrors of Auschwitz. He was drafted into the army in 2015.
Sgt. Maya was born in New York, her mother is Israeli. She made aliyah after graduating from Tulane University and joined the IDF as a Lone Soldier. She said she provided visual intelligence to ground forces and special units, sometimes staying awake for days at a time.