Two members of the Chabad-Lubavitch community in Israel were among the 120 soldiers who received this year’s Presidential Award for Excellence during a nationally-televised ceremony Thursday morning in Jerusalem.
According to a statement from Israeli President Shimon Peres’ office, the class of Israel Defense Force honorees included two wounded soldiers, 40 women, 17 new immigrants, 11 “lone soldiers,” 19 officers and 61 combat personnel.
Sporting long beards and the characteristic linen fringes known as tzitzit, two of the recipients, Air Force Sgt. Shneor Muzicant and Engineering Corps Lt. Yitzchak Shitrit, are products of the Chabad yeshiva school system in Israel.
Each of the awardees received a certificate presented by Peres and a tuition grant from the U.K. Friends of the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers, sponsored by the Blavatnik Family Scholarship Foundation.
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