From Canada to Israel

Sara, a soldier serving in Michve Alon immigrated with her family to Ft. Langley, Canada during her childhood. She arrived in Israel a year and a half before joining the IDF, already knowing that she wanted to make Aliya. She says the time she spent here before the army helped to prepare her culturally for her service.

“This is the only home for Jews,” she says. “At this point, since I’m in today’s world, I’m in the safest place for Jews. Israel brings a kind of peace that is unique to the rest of the world.”

She enjoys the way that people from so many different cultural backgrounds come together in her Tsevet (army staff) and work towards the same goal. She gives special thanks to Tammy, a resident of the Kibbutz where Sara spends her weekends. She says that Tammy takes in all soldiers who come her way and provides them with endless emotional support. She’s even willing to get up in the middle of the night to drive sick soldiers to the hospital. “She deserves an award,” says Sara.

Although Sara hasn’t been assigned a position in the army yet, several people have told her she’d make a fantastic military spokesperson. Regardless of where she ends up, she says it feels good to be here, and also that the Lone Soldier Center has become like a home away from home.

“You leave one big house back home and you come to a million small little houses,” explains Sara, referring to the communities she’s become a member of in Israel. “You always feel like you have a place to go.”

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