Welcome to Shaving Israel

Shaving Israel is very proud to support members of the IDF
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.

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We have earned the Gold Seal of Transparency

Support our current
Bar Mitzvah Project

Bar Mitzvah:  Evan Weber.  

Evan lives in Florida. He and his family searched the web for a Bar Mitzvah project, and found Shaving Israel! We are proud to have been chosen.
Here is his message:

“For my Bar-Mitzvah project, I decided to work with an organization called Shaving Israel. My Savta told me about this organization and I have family who live in Israel and have served in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). I learned that there are many soldiers who do not have family support and are struggling with financial hardships. I think it is important for men and women who are serving and protecting their country to have all the resources they need to be comfortable, warm, and clean. I have decided to do a general fundraiser for Shaving Israel. Shaving Israel will take our donations and purchase winter clothing, blankets, towels, phone chargers, and other personal items for IDF soldiers in need.
Shaving Israel uses volunteers to help distribute the items to the IDF soldiers. Shaving Israel has assisted 7,500 soldiers since it began in 2004.”

Visit Evan's own Bar Mitzvah Website

Great going, Evan!!!!!!!!!

These Donate buttons will direct you to Paypal for designated donations for Evan's Bar Mitzvah Project!

Thank You's from our soldiers - A lot more since you visited last.

More here

Videos from our soldiers 

Hear what Our Soldiers are saying!

  Film from Soldiers at Amit

    Click on link or picture to learn more

We support Soldiers of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)

* Soldiers in need
* Family lives in poverty
* Broken family
* Orphans

14 FEB, 2020

Our Projects                            

Since 2004 we have created and funded many projects and we continue to do so, and with your help, we can expand our support

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 !

Make a Donation

The PayPal Foundation reimburses us for all fees, so your entire gift works for Shaving Israel.   

Shaving Israel founded by Rachel Miller in 2004       

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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

Our Projects 

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 

St. Louis' Lone Soldier 

St. Louis' own tells her story!

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.

What is the IDF?

IDF stands for
Israel Defense Forces.   


About us

Shaving Israel


Rachel Miller, Our Founder

         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 is our founder.
* Dr. Laura Goldmeier is President.
* Joel Levy is 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 info@shavingisrael.org.
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 Gold Seal of Transparency rating.  

Make a Secure

Donation to our

General Fund

There are several fast and easy ways to make a gift.

Check - Send a check to:
Shaving Israel
PO Box 6991
Chesterfield, MO 63006-6991
Make check payable to: SHAVING ISRAEL

 Credit Card – through the use of PayPal’s secure server (even without a PayPal account) Click the Donate button.

Please include your address and e-mail, so that we may acknowledge you properly and keep in touch with you.

Shaving Israel does NOT share or sell your information to anyone.

The PayPal Foundation reimburses us for all fees, so your entire gift works for Shaving Israel.

Donations to Shaving Israel are 100% Tax Deductible.

Our federal taxpayer identification number: 20-2454767

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Shaving Israel.
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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