Belev Echad is a global movement dedicated to ensuring the wounded warriors 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.
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