Testimonials

Here you can view examples of letters, thank-you notes and stories that have been sent to us from soldiers.

Thank you letter to Keith and Lauren Bresauler for their donation of a synagogue - 2009

Bnei Yeshivot 'Hesder' soldiers, Philadelphi Route

Dear Mr & Mrs Breslauer,

We wanted to thank you so much for donating this mobile synagogue and its contents which acts as a 'mobile in the desert' and is used by us and will be used by many other soldiers who will be here after us. It is difficult for me to describe the happiness we felt when we saw the mobile synagogue being taken from the truck and placed straight into our checkpoint, it simply brought back our great experiences from the yeshiva and the great memories we had of studying the Torah, especially with the importance of this specific location. In any case, it doesn't matter how much we express out thanks and appreciation in words, it will never convey quite how much we appreciate it and the depth of our feelings.'


One of the many letters sent to the donors from the beneficiaries of the IMPACT Scholarship project

Winter 2010

Dear Mr. Nagar


How do you start to write a letter to someone that you don't know at all, but he took very important and critical part of your life??? How do you say thanks to someone that gave from his own so much to somebody who is consider complete stranger? It seems that this person is not so far as it's look like, but a person who is want to be a part from us - A part of Israeli fighters life.
Well, I should start with a simples words with a significant meaning: THANK YOU very much. I wanted to say that I'm really appreciate your helpful donation- that extraordinary change things, and even sometime it's the only thing that the studies depend on it, like a base of pyramid that growing up and up.
It is a great privilege to share with you the story of my life. I really like people who likes to help others.
My name is Naor Cohen, I'm 24 and half years old and I was born in Jerusalem. I have 1 brother and 2 sisters. Tidar (30), Elad (25) and Sheli(16). My mother's name is Ester and my father is Matzliah.
As a child I grew up in loving and supporting family But unfortunately there were quite a few times when I regretted I was born. Throughout my years as a child, in fact, until recently, my family has suffered the scourge of drugs! My father was exposed to drugs during their lifetime and those who were quick to shoot down all that he built: Business, family, wife, friends etc.
Some nights, terrifying them ,police knocked on our door during the worst of the night when she wanted my father in for questioning. I promised myself - I'll change my destiny!
As a child I dreamed of being a fighter pilot. This was the fantasy of youth gave me a purpose to life. I waited for the day when I need to recruited to the army. Indeed, the awaited day arrived, i examined the world's best flying course. There were those who doubted, even family. But I proved! I was accepted!!! Finally, unfortunately, my eye problem was discovered, although not serious, but that caused the dream dissolve.
I decided that I will do my military service solely as a fighter! I was (and still) very Zionist. I loved to hear stories of heritage and heroism, and take as role models many fighters in the history of the IDF and MOSAD.
I served a special warfare unit, which contains total 200 soldiers and officers. The unit is top secret so, unfortunately I can not share you information but I can say it was a very challenging time. I Like the army! I loved the people and they became my family with whom I am in contact daily today. I was sent to commanders 'course and then officers course. I served two and a half years as commander of the battle cruiser in the unit.
Great responsibility on your shoulders when used as a father, brother and as a member of your fighters who serve under you .With them you risk your life and their lives in an attempt to save the lives of citizens and national security above all .
My mother was proud of her children. Even my sister, my brother and I took part in the collective attempt to maintain state. We brought a lot of dirty laundry to my mother on Fridays where shared Vacations J, my mother looked forward to Fridays to see us come from the army in full glory on Vacations. My mother did not believe her sons will be part of the best sons of the homeland.
During my military service I went to a delegation to Poland to extermination camps- it is called "witness in uniform". There are memories I will never forget all my life thanks to this journey, IDF fighter officer with uniforms, standing in the camp Auschwitz with Holocaust survivor. Is it possible? I felt closure and Nation's victory. after 60 years we can say that we won. We won thanks to brave people and the right spirit.
Today, after I was discharged from the army I decided to study Electrical and Computer Engineering At Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva. This University is considered a quality and difficult.
I chose this profession because I learned it in high school and just fell in love with. Engineering studies are not simple at all! Very busy! We are already two months after the school year and meanwhile everything is fine but very difficult. But like we said in the army: " hard there is just in the bread, and we eat it also!"

sincerely yours,
Naor Cohen

One of the many letters sent to the donors from the beneficiaries of the IMPACT Scholarship project

November 2008


Dear Mr. Richard Loftus,

My name is Alexander Trifonov , I'm 23 years old. I was born in Russia and lived there until 15 years old , I have one older brother - Evgeny, mother- Irina and father- Victor. My family was a very Zionist , therefore we went to Israel at 2000. When we got to Israel we based in a small town- Beit Shemesh, located near Jerusalem. After 3 years in boarding school in Jerusalem, I joined the army, as did many others. I served in special anti-terror combat unit named "Duvdevan" for 4 years (the last year was a contract service), as sergeant of sniper group, took a part in Lebanon second war, was decorated by excellence president of the state. After 4 years in the army I got fed up and decided to release as sergeant-major in July 2007. After the army service I worked as a counselor in boarding school, I worked with a group of young teenagers for year, and at present year I'm going to start my high education in Hebrew University and fulfill my dream to study biology and chemistry, thanks to you and your donation. For now, I live in Jerusalem, studying, working (when I have a time), and volunteer in one of the Jerusalem's schools, help pupils in all ages with their homework, or things that weren't clear enough during the lesson in school.
I'd like to thank you of your great help and making possible my studying in University. I'm not sure that it could be probable without you. Thanks a lot of your doing for me and I'll try to not disappoint you and prove myself by my marks.
P.S. I'm so sorry that we didn't meet in Tel Aviv, when you have been there, but I hope that we will.
Sincerely yours, Alexander Trifonov

One of the many letters sent to the donors from the beneficiaries of the IMPACT Scholarship project

May 2008

Dear Mr. Goldstein
I would like to tell you a little bit more about my studies in university. I am taking a unique program of two degrees, one in Physics and one in Electric Engineering. This first year, there are about 20-25 students studying with me in physics, and about 100-120 students studying with me in electric engineering. Within all these students, only 4 students are studying for two degrees at the same time. Our level of studying isn't higher than the regular students it's just that there is a lot more pressure. For example in my first semester, most students took 23 credits. I took 32 credits (the maximum possible). My first semester was pretty intense, but thanks to your help, I was able to get good grades (average 93.59), and study with the concentration necessary. I told myself that in my second Semester I'll aim for an average above 95 in order to get a certificate from the head of the university.
I think it's possible for me to get this grade even though it involves some luck in not making small mistakes. The amount of pressure has lowered a lot this semester (I don't make my schedule, they make it for me), and I study a reasonable amount of hours. I even get to see my children awake after I come back from university except on Tuesdays (that means that from Monday morning until Wednesday morning I don't see them).
In addition, as you know, those of us who receive "impact" grants, volunteer in the community. I'm in charge of a little zoo in the settlement of Ateret. There is a little animal corner that was started by a few teenagers with their own money (goats, chickens, and pigeons). They started this as a pastime after school so that children of the yeshuv from the ages of one year old to high school could get to know the animals, pet them and play with them. At a certain point, this job became too much for them (building cages, buying food or getting the left-overs from the dining room, and maintenance of the animals before and after school).
This is where I came into the picture. I got from the management of the yeshuv a budget, not for buying animals, but buying food and veterinary services, etc. I arrive in the morning, before going to school, and feed all the animals that the teens didn't get to feed. By the way, our animals followed the laws of Pesach. The birds got special kosher for Pesach food, and the cows got additional matzot (they are preserved from last year in airtight cellophane).
In the last few months, there were three births. Among them, five baby goats, and we expect another one soon. This is a very happy time in the animal corner. It's a lot of fun to see my 3 year-old daughter petting a two-day old baby goat, together with her friends.
How can I not thank you for: a) that you allow me to concentrate in my studies, and succeed in them, b) it's true that I would probably have volunteered anyway in the animal corner, but as "Chazal" say "privileges happen from righteous people" , and you are the righteous person that gave me the privilege of volunteering in the petting zoo.
Thank you,
Yours,
Gadi




One of the many letters sent to the donors from the beneficiaries of the IMPACT Scholarship project

May 2008

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Felicia & Michael Crystal
Hello
I was very glad to meet with both of you in March, I hope that the "impact" event want as
well as planned.
I am doing well in the university we are now in the end of the second term out of three.
Because of the strike early this year there are three semester now it's the test period.
One of the unique things at "Bar-Ilan" university is the Jewish study.
We have to take two class a year of religious study, at first I was afraid of that because I
wasn't really sure I would like that. I am very secular in my way of life but for my surprise the
courses are very open minded and don't judge other way of life they are intending to get the
student equated with the Jewish fate.
I am still volunteering at the radio therapy clinic at "Ichilov" hospital in Tel-Aviv.
The work there is very helping to take life in the right perspectives.
I help the patient how are waiting for their treatment I help them by talking with them,
telling them where are the rooms they need to go.
Most of the patient doing the treatment for duration of month .
In 18th of May I am going to the "miluim" they are going to be almost 4 weeks long I don't
Know were exactly I am going to serve but I think it will be by the border of Gaza strip and
Egypt.
I want to say again that I appreciate the donation you gave to "impact" and of course to me.
I really couldn't have done that without your help.
For conclusion I want to wish you both a great summer.

Sincerely yours,
Danel Zhavi