Shaving Israel is very proud to support
members of the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) in a very meaningful, personal, hands-on fashion. 

We identify soldiers in need.

We donate towels, winter wear, shirts, socks, phone chargers, toiletries and other personal items.
The funds we raise go to fulfill those needs.
The items are purchased in Israel and
where appropriate we use IDF-approved vendors.
99% of your tax-deductible donations go directly to aid IDF soldiers in need.

We have earned the PLATINUM Seal of Transparency


Netzah Yehuda soldiers at their hanukah party - receiving robes from Shaving Israel
For pictures please go to Our Projects! page  
Short video here:

Shaving Israel

Donations arriving
THANK YOU to our wonderful volunteers in Israel. Our volunteers assembled 150 toiletries packages to be distributed to the IDF soldiers.
Each package includes: a high end hanging toiletry bag, toothbrush case, soap container , Shampoo/body wash,
 deodorant and a cellphone battery charger.

Toiletries Packages

December 2021

Volunteers in Israel

Robes arriving in December 2021

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We support Soldiers of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)
* Soldiers in need
* Family lives in poverty
* Broken family
* Orphans

How we Help
You think it's always hot in Israel, all the time?
Think again.
Have you ever spent a night in the desert?
Socks, gloves and hats and other warm clothes are among the most appreciated !

What is a lone soldier?

A soldier in the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) without his/her immediate family:
- Parents live abroad (new immigrant or Israeli)
- No relationship with their mom and/ or dad for any number of reasons
- Orphans
There are an estimated 5000+ lone soldiers currently serving
About 40% serve in combat units .
Shaving Israel has helped over
700 Lone Soldiers

Make the IDF soldiers YOUR Bar/Bat Mitzvah project!     

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Projects

Thank You, Evan!   

Learn more about Evan's amazing Bar Mitzvah Project
There is an idea for you!

Make the IDF soldiers YOUR project!                            

We will be happy to actively work with you to fulfill this mitzvah and will be excited to have you introduce your project, if you want, to our board of directors.


Scroll around memories of past events 

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Projects

Kids helping our soldiers!


3 liter "camel hump" water tank

Liam's Bar Mitzvah, which was August 22, 2016, project was spectacularly successful. He leveraged the Shaving Israel website, which uses PayPal, to gather gifts from across the country to buy a product called a camel hump (3 gallon canteen) for a battalion of IDF members. We are so fortunate that Liam came to us on his own initiative!

Joel Levy, President Shaving Israel

Mitzvot from the heart:

Article in The Jewish Light

Below: 3 liter "camel hump" water tank
Below: Unit with "Shlukerim" - camel hump cateen

Thank You, Scott

A group of female soldiers received their gift of athletic wear from Scott McCary, on behalf of his Bar Mitzvah.

Shaving Israel

In collaboration with Shaving Israel, Scott donated athletic wear to female soldiers for their training in the IDF



Adir partnered with Shaving Israel by donating 5 (five) G-Shock watches to IDF combat soldiers. This special watch is at the top of the list of the items that a combat soldier needs. This watch’s unique features include: Shock resistance, stopwatch, two results memory, countdown timer, water resistance up to 200m and much more.


Rachel Miller 

Rachel Goldman Miller is a child Holocaust survivor. Rachels’s immediate family members were all murdered. Only a few distant cousins survived. Rachel’s childhood was spent learning to live without adequate food, clothing or essential items.
It was fate when she met Carol Hellman (z’l’). Carol was a volunteer for Sor-El, a group of individuals who volunteer 3 weeks at a time to help do small jobs to help the IDF soldiers. Rachel was on a mission trip to Israel when she met up with Carol and Carol mentioned the need for toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and other items. It was right there that the vision for Shaving Israel was conceived.
Rachel came back to St. Louis and told Joel Levy about her idea to raise funds for IDF soldiers that needed the same items she needed during the Holocaust. Joel did all the legwork needed to form a 501(c)(3).

In 2004, a Board of Directors was formed with Joel as President.
Carol wrote the mission statement and Rachel committed to using 100% of funds raised going to the soldiers. Rachel continues to talk to groups of people around the world about the Holocaust and how she survived. Shaving Israel is also one of the ways she can give back and help others in need.

See an EARLY article in The Jewish Light here


What we do

Shaving Israel educates U.S. citizens about the needs of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and funds the purchase of toiletries, personal items, food vouchers and other necessities from Israeli suppliers thereby enriching the Israeli economy for members of the IDF who are in need or deprived of family support systems.
We have raised and distributed over $375,000 to the IDF in recent years and assisted over 7,000 IDF soldiers with needed items.
Shaving Israel is an entirely volunteer 501(c)(3) organization, with all money raised going to the the soldiers of IDF.

Find the group on Facebook under Shaving Israel
or on Twitter @shavingisrael.

Rachel Miller 


Laura Goldmeier


Joel Levy

President Emeritus

Shaving Israel     For a larger picture and the names of these Board members,     click on the small picture above or please click here.
If you need to contact any of the Board members, please either use our contact form. just below, or send an email to Shaving Israel and we will be in touch.

Board of Directors 

Thanks to our hard-working all-volunteer board of directors, we are able to donate 99% of our contributions directly to IDF soldiers. All of us are dedicated to helping soldiers who lack family support. We schedule events throughout the year including IDF soldiers who share their stories. movies, and musical entertainment. Additionally, we co-sponsor local programs discussing Israel, the Jewish film festival, and the Jewish book festival. Please follow us on Facebook and watch our website for our upcoming activities. Direct your questions or comments to
We are always grateful for any financial support you can send to Shaving Israel.
Please use the link on our website, or mail your donation to Shaving Israel; P.O. Box 6991; Chesterfield, Missouri 63006-6991.
For any contribution to Shaving Israel, please include your name and address so that we can thank you.
Remember, your gift is tax deductible.
We are a 501(c)(3) organization with a Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency rating.  

Soldiers and Volunteers

Our Dedicated Team

Soldiers and volunteers work together to defend our country

Soldiers receiving thermal shirts 

Delivering Training sets to Amit

Our Projects

Proud soldier

With love and gratitude

“Aharai!” - Youth leading change.

What is the IDF?

IDF stands for
Israel Defense Forces.   

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The End of Year is approaching fast. 

We make it easy to use your IRA or stocks to make a donation

By donating stock that has appreciated for more than a year, you are actually giving more than if you sold the stock and then made a cash donation. If you donate the stock directly to a charity, there’s no capital gains tax to pay. Plus, you are still potentially eligible to deduct the full fair market value of the asset you donated from your income taxes, up to the overall amount allowed by the IRS.

Contact your tax advisor before making a decision to donate based on potential tax advantages.

We have partnered with a professional Financial Advisor (of Edward Jones) who has agreed to help us help you help us!

More information about our Financial Advisor here.    
Feel free to contact her at 314-351-7194

Now! Save on Taxes, and make a Stock Donation to Shaving Israel.  Also, if you are above a certain age, you can also contribute from your IRA!

If you would like to consider the IRA donation alternative,
please click here for more information


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 P. O. Box 6991
 Chesterfield, MO 63006-6991

Get in touch with us!

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 P. O. Box 6991
 Chesterfield, MO 63006-6991

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Last Updated: January 16, 2022