For the past 11 years (and counting) Big Hy, a 94-year-old WWII veteran, has sent over 250,000 high caliber DVDs to soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, and military hospitals all over the world. Fourteen American flags certified to have flown over camps and on military missions cover all of the walls in his apartment. The kindness and effort Big Hy puts into the packages is evident to the chaplains, medical professionals, commanding officers, and sergeant majors who hand them out. The Strachman family also contacted Redbox, which has donated more than 10,000 DVDs. The troops need the escapist entertainment of movies. They watch them at social events and bond with loved ones at home through shared experiences. v
American Jewish Leaders Organize Solidarity Visit
To Support Israel
In an expression of solidarity with the people of Israel, a delegation of 35 prominent American Jewish leaders departed on El Al Israel Airlines. The leaders are meeting with top government officials to gain insight and firsthand knowledge of the existing situation. They are also traveling to areas greatly impacted by current events to meet with local residents. Robert G. Sugarman, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman/CEO, are leading this delegation.
Just returning from Israel after a weeklong stay of touring the country is American actress and singer Vanessa Williams and her daughter. This was their first visit to the Holy Land and included an extensive tour of historical, natural, and contemporary sites throughout the country, from the Sea of Galilee, Haifa, and Safed to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
El Al continues to maintain its regular flight schedule of offering up to five daily non-stop flights from the U.S. (except for Shabbat). Due to the current situation, anyone traveling to Israel on El Al now through Tuesday, July 22 can reschedule their flights for up to six months without penalty. Contact your travel agent or call El Al at 800-223-6700. If there is a fare difference on the rescheduled flights, that amount will be charged. v