Israel is a small, family-oriented society and army service is often extremely difficult, dangerous and stressful. The IDF tries to allow its soldiers to have home leave as often as possible – usually every other weekend. Israeli parents are known to spoil their soldier children – providing good meals, family gatherings, home-baked goodies, laundry service and all the comforts of home, plus whatever luxuries they can afford – each time they return from the base or the battlefield.
The Village has plans to build a residence for its lone soldiers which will provide the soldiers with all the comforts which they enjoyed as students at the Village – their own bedroom with private bath, warm meals (and a kitchen in which they can prepare their own meals, should they choose), laundry facilities, a caring staff person and a welcoming peer group. They will, therefore, be able to concentrate their energies on dealing with army life without the worries of “survival” when on leave.
Army leave will be a time of relaxation and unwinding – without all the problems and challenges of independent living. While they strive to serve their country, the soldier can remain within the Village family and still feel a part of, what has been for many, their first and only home in Israel.
Plans are underway to construct an additional floor on an existing dormitory building with a separate entrance. This addition of 375 square meters will include 10-12 living units with adjoining bathroom, a lobby/lounge, staff room/sealed security room, kitchenette and laundry room.