FEBRUARY 8, 2018 – Despite the New England Patriots loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers originally from the Boston area rooted on their home team during the big game thousands of miles away from Israel.
“My name is Amit. I’m a Lone Soldier from Boston. I serve in the IDF and I’m a huge fan of the New England Patriots. Go Pats!” said 1st. Lt. Amit, who is originally from Brookline, Massachusetts.
“My name is Jake. I’m from the IDF. I’m a Lone Soldier from Boston, Massachusetts, and I just wanted to wish the Patriots the best of luck in the Super Bowl. Go Pats!” said Cpl. Jake, who is originally from Dover, Massachusetts.
Lone Soldiers are those who immigrate to Israel without immediate family in order to serve in the IDF. More than 800 of them are from the United States, including nearly 50 from Massachusetts. Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) cares for all Lone Soldiers serving in the IDF through the Lone Soldiers Program, which supports them financially, socially, and emotionally during and after their challenging military service. FIDF also sponsors flights for Lone Soldiers to visit their families and friends in their countries of origin.