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The exterior of the Or Olam Synagogue donated by FIDF | Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

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This week the largest synagogue for Israeli Defence Force use, Or Olam, was opened at Camp Ariel Sharon. The 350 seat synagogue was donated by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Western Region Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Leo David, and his wife, Ruth. FIDF Executive Director in Israel Brig. Gen. (Res.) Effi Idan represented the organization.

“This is probably the most beautiful, and definitely the largest, synagogue I have seen in the IDF,’ said Idan at the inauguration.

“It could not be possible without the donation from Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), a non-profit that gives unconditional love to the soldiers of Israel while understanding that the IDF does not only protect the state of Israel but Jewish people wherever they are.” 

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The new synagogue will be used by all soldiers and commanders who serve and train on the base and includes a study room for Torah lessons and a special class for soldiers undergoing conversion.

The official ribbon-cutting for the Or Olam synagogue, donated by FIDF. Second from left, FIDF Executive Director in Israel Brig. Gen. (Res.) Effi Idan. | Photo: Nir Buxenbaum.

FIDF was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors as a not-for-profit organization in support of the soldiers who protect Israel and Jews worldwide. FIDF has  24 chapters throughout the United States and Panama and over 150,000 supporters.

FIDF builds, refurbishes, and maintains buildings including sports centers, culture halls, synagogues, memorial rooms, swimming pools, sports facilities, and soldiers’ homes for the wellbeing of IDF soldiers. FIDF has recently completed $43 million in construction of 12 wellbeing and education facilities at the IDF Training Campus in the Negev, and its new projects include seven facilities serving the IDF’s elite units at a total cost of $14.5 million.

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