Approximately 115 people showed up to Tabaq Bistro on Wednesday night to support The Lone Soldier Project. The project supports Israel Defense Force (IDF) soldiers without family members in Israel. It is the brainchild of Ricki Meyer who recognized the need for the project while on the 2011 DC Birthright Alumni Leadership Mission. To learn more about the origins of the project and its goals, see this brief Q&A with Ricki.
The Tabaq Bistro event “familiarized attendants with the project and its aims” (Karen S.), but it also allowed direct opportunities to support the lone soldiers: guests could sign cards being sent to the soldiers (see image), and they could make donations to the project (can also be done on the project’s website)– a project that has no overhead costs in the form of paid staff or office space.
Overall, a good project, and a good time. I pine when my Mom doesn’t send me regular care packages, and I live in a comfortable apartment with cable TV, a ping pong table, and a commercial drink refrigerator, so it naturally follows that 18-year-olds living in the desert and facing life-threatening dangers should also occasionally want a heartfelt care package.
The event was co-sponsored by Mitzvah Hoppin’, a project of The Jewish of Greater Washington.
Sarah Arenstein was not there. (per the last question in the Q&A).