In 1942, Israel's first Prime-Minister, David Ben-Gurion, established The Aguda Lemaan HaChayal in Israel, which is known as The Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers (AWIS). Initially, the organization was charged with rounding up donations of blankets for the young Jewish men and women of the fledgling Jewish Brigade.
The Association for the Soldiers of Israel - Canada (ASI-Canada) was established by Holocaust survivors and Canadian veterans of WWII and Israel's War of Independence, as the Canadian partner of AWIS. We are the only non-profit organization in Canada supporting the wellbeing of Israeli soldiers on active duty.
Driven by a commitment to the future of the State of Israel, ASI-Canada supports the men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on active duty by funding a myriad of programs, services and facilities, all designed to improve the soldiers' welfare and well-being. From classrooms and fitness centres to paid flights home for lone soldiers, each project serves a specific purpose, united by one common goal - to enhance the emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of Israel's defenders.
ASI-Canada remains in constant contact with the IDF to better respond to the soldiers' needs, enabling us to greatly enhance the lives of the soldiers during their service to Israel.
All this has been achieved thanks to the tireless endeavours of ASI-Canada's dedicated volunteers, supporters and friends.