Belev Echad is a global movement dedicated to ensuring the wounded men and women of the Israeli Defense Forces receive the support they need to live productive and well-adjusted lives. With programs that include legal and medical advocacy, educational scholarships, social and recreational events, mentorships and career placement, we empower each soldier to thrive.
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In David's Words
I served in Battalion 12 of the Golani Brigade. I was very proud that my turn had come to defend the country!
During Operation Protective Edge we were in the Sajaiya neighborhood of Gaza City. There were over 60 explosions in the area and I was hit in my head and leg by anti-tank missiles.
For three years following my injury, I stayed at home. I couldn’t believe what had happened to me. I didn’t know how I could possibly have a normal life, with the injuries that I got serving in the army. When Belev Echad came into my life, everything changed.
In February 2018, I joined Belev Echad on a trip to New York & Miami. It was crazy! It gave me time to breathe and finally think about good things. It helped me understand that there are so many people who love and support the soldiers in Israel.
When I got back to Israel, Belev Echad made sure that I wouldn’t return to my previous situation. Sharon & Miki Shtrachman, directors of career counseling at Belev Echad, made my dream come true! Not only did they find me my dream job, they also found me a mentor who is a contractor in a large construction company in Israel. My mentor took me under his wing, enabling me to succeed in my job. He guides me when difficulties arise. Additionally, every two weeks, he meets me personally and explains all different aspects in the business world today. Before Belev Echad, I couldn’t imagine how I could function and get a job. In less than six months, they have transformed my life. They have given me hope, but more than that, they have found a job for me, and given me every possible support I might need to ensure my success in business. Today, despite the daily pain, I am happily married and living a wonderful life. I am so thankful to Belev Echad!
We’ve all been through things that most people don’t experience in their lifetimes. We lost our best friends, lost limbs, and came close to losing our own lives. When we came to New York, the center of the world, we felt something different. We felt, that from here, we can start our lives again.
Since the founding of the State of Israel, hundreds of thousands of young Jewish men and women have been responsible for ensuring the security of the Jewish people and homeland. Risking life and limb, many of the brave warriors of the IDF have sustained lasting physical and emotional wounds that inhibit their journeys back to civilian life.
Belev Echad is an international initiative dedicated to easing this transition through a system of support that empowers each veteran to live a life without limits. We adopt each wounded veteran and assume the roles of mentor, advocate and friend, guiding them through critical medical, education, professional decisions and celebrating life’s milestones big and small.
Tour of Happiness
— NYC —
community of kindness
— services —
Who We Are
— meet the team —
The Belev Echad Board
- Rabbi Uriel & Shevy Vigler (Founders)
- Daniel S. Bernstein
- Yaara Bank-Plotkin
- Yossi Nasser
- Philip Silverman
- Shay Zach
- Steven Kobre (Advisory Board)
“The toughest part was not the injury, the pain, the surgeries, or the months of rehabilitation. It was becoming myself again, becoming the Shimon that I was before. Belev Echad was an essential part of bringing me closer to being myself again.”
Wounded IDF Soldier, 2013 trip alumnus