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Standing Together

Irvine community to host event and fundraiser with Israel non-profit to support the men and women of the IDF

The Irvine Jewish Community will host Ari Fuld, Assistant Director of Standing Together an official non-profit organization recognized by the Israeli Knesset as well as by the IDF. The organization both supplies and supports IDF soldiers with whatever they need and wherever they might be. All of the organization’s activities and campaigns are done in conjunction with and under IDF clearance.

Ari Fuld is originally from Queens NY. He made Aliyah and was drafted into the IDF as a Lone Soldier in 1992. He is currently a master sergeant in the IDF. For the past 23 years he has served in an Elite IDF Paratroopers unit and has been involved in many of the latest IDF operations. He lives in Efrat (South of Jerusalem) with his wife and four children. When not in uniform, Ari works 24 tirelessly to make sure the men and women of the IDF have what they need to continue keeping Israel safe.

Ari met Standing Together in 2006, after his unit had spent two very difficult weeks of fighting in Lebanon. When his unit was given the order to come home by foot, he and his comrades were exhausted both physically and emotionally. When they reached literally collapsing from exhaustion, the Standing Together truck was there to supply them with everything from food to clean underwear to hundreds of letters from sponsors around the world. Like some kind of “pay it forward” Ari eventually began working with Standing Together

Standing Together delivered 200 Camel Back water packs to the IDF Paratroopers 202 Brigade and let them know people from around the world appreciate and support them.

Standing Together’s goal is simple – to support the men and women of the IDF in any way that will make their service and lives a little easier and at the same time give an opportunity to people from around the world to say “thank you” to Israel’s heroes who are keeping Israel safe.

Standing Together travels across Israel with their well recognized Standing Together IDF truck. They meet tens of thousands of soldiers who are returning from rigorous training exercises or operations and show up with everything from cold drinks, ice cream and pancakes during the summer months, BBQ’s, pizzas and hot drinks during the freezing winter months as well as personal gear and other items that help Israel’s heroes in any way possible.

Standing Together’s goal is simple- to support the men and women of the IDF in any way that will make their service and lives a little easier and at the same time give an opportunity to people from around the world to say “thank you” to Israel’s heroes who are keeping Israel safe.

Standing Together travels across Israel with it’s well recognized Standing Together IDF truck. They meet tens of thousands of soldiers who are returning from rigorous training exercises or operations and show up with everything from cold drinks, ice cream and pancakes during the summer months, BBQ’s, pizzas and hot drinks during the freezing winter months as well as personal gear and other items that help Israel’s heroes in any way possible.

Many people do not realize the hardships faced by soldiers in the IDF every day. More than the stress of having to deal with terrorism and the possibility of death, IDF soldiers need various everyday supplies such as socks, toiletries, blankets and cold weather gear, as well as “thank you” packages during their service which go a long way to help morale and improve the lives of these young men and women who sacrifice their lives every day to keep Israel safe.

Ari Fuld will be speaking on Friday night November 11th at Chabad of Irvine, during a community dinner that Chabad of Irvine will be hosting. If you are interested in attending the dinner, please call the Chabad of Irvine office at 949-786-5000. Additionally, Ari will be speaking at a private residence in Irvine on Saturday night, November 12th at 8 PM. If you are interested in attending please email oryschwartz@gmail.com.

Ari Fuld, Assistant Director of Standing Together

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