The Wings Program Ventures to the U.S.

Just over a month ago, Adi Boblil, Division Director of Community Development and Education of Merage Foundation Israel, and Sarah Drill Fainshtain, Resource Development Coordinator, accompanied two Lone Immigrant Soldiers on their first development trip to the United States. Maria Kol Yaakov, originally from Kazakhstan, and Tony Raichler from Venezuela, ventured to the states in early November to share their experience in the Wings program.

At the young age of 16, both Maria and Tony moved to Israel on their own and completed their service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Upon their completion of service, both became active members of the Wings program, developed to help the young immigrant population during their transition from army to civilian life. Accompanied by Adi and Sarah, Maria and Tony traveled to various events across the East Coast sharing their amazing personal stories, with the ultimate goal of raising funds for the Wings program.

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First photo features Adi, Sarah, Maria, and Tony after they prepared a thank-you dinner for Jonathan and Paula Drill (Sarah’s parents) who hosted them during their stay. Second photo features Sara, Maria, and Tony when they met with women from the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey.