Each IDF soldier who dies in the line of duty is mourned throughout Israel-most deeply by a spouse, parents, children, extended family and friends. Extensive state-supported services are available for blood relatives and spouses; but for girlfriends, boyfriends and fiancées, there is no official recognition or support.
Phyllis Heimowitz and daughter Tamar founded the Amuta (Non-Profit) for the Emotional Support of Girlfriends and Fiancées of Fallen IDF Soldiers more than ten years ago when Phyllis’s younger daughter lost her beloved just days before their formal engagement. Services include weekly group therapy and shared social engagements. Nearly 400 people have benefited from Phyllis’s work.
Our funds cover some young women’s individual needs as well as the cost of providing therapy.