Chanukah Greeting Campaign

Each fall, the East Valley JCC’s Lone Soldier Campaign launches a Chanukah 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. 

Read below to learn how you can participate in personally thanking these lone soldiers by sending them Chanukah 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:

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

3. Use the form when it is available for 2024 greetings.


Check back for information about the 2024 Chanukah Greetings campaign. 

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

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 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 Sunday, Nov. 19 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 to schedule a presentation.