Hanukkah Greeting Campaign

Each fall, the East Valley JCC’s Lone Soldier Campaign launches a Hanukkah greeting campaign to provide an opportunity for the Phoenix Jewish community to personally thank lone soldiers serving in the Israel Defense Forces.

Lone Soldiers are courageous and dedicated young Jews from all around the world who volunteer to serve in the Israel Defense Forces. Without families in Israel, some soldiers may suffer from loneliness, especially when they have time off from their extremely demanding military duty and on Shabbat and holidays. This has been an especially difficult year for non-Israeli lone soldiers, as they were quarantined in a barrack setting for an extended period of time due to the COVID-19 pandemic and their planned trips to visit family were cancelled. 

Read below to learn how you can participate in personally thanking these lone soldiers by sending them Hanukkah greetings.


Write a letter to a soldier. Feel free to express your appreciation for their commitment, personalize your message and share your connection to Israel.


Draw a picture and/or write a letter to a lone soldier to appreciate their dedication to the State of Israel. Ask your parents to join in and write their own letter or draw their own picture. 

3 ways you can submit

1. Email: lonesoldiers@evjcc.org

2. Mail: East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ 85224

3. Use the form below.


Please submit your letters and artwork by Friday, Nov. 20. 

Presentations about lone soldiers

Presented by Dr. Michael Cohen, coordinator of the East Valley JCC’s Lone Soldier Project.


Grades 1-3

Grades 4-8


From lone soldier to Israeli comedian

The East Valley JCC’s Lone Soldier Project is excited to present an afternoon of laughter with comedian Joel Chasnoff, who moved to Israel from Chicago to become a lone soldier in the Israeli Army when he was 23. Today he’s a comedian in Israel who has performed across the world. He joins the EVJCc via Zoom at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. 

Tickets are $10 and benefit the Lone Soldier Project, providing Shabbat and holiday meals for lone soldiers. 

Write On, Write On.

It’s never been so easy to send correspondence to an IDF Soldier!

The EVJCC will forward your message directly to men and women defending Israel on our behalf.

Send your words of appreciation and encouragement to courageous, committed young people!

Contact lonesoldiers@evjcc.org if you would like more details about sending a Hanukkah greeting to a lone soldier this year. Please submit your letter to the EVJCC by Nov. 20 to be included in our mailing.

Community Education

Want to learn more about Lone Soldiers?  We’ll schedule a virtual multimedia presentation that discusses the Lone Soldier experience in their words.

Presentations, which as held on Zoom, are available for all ages, from school-age through seniors.

Contact us at lonesoldiers@evjcc.org to schedule a presentation.