“Yahad” 100% for the welfare and wellbeing of IDF soldiers.
“Yahad” – is the joint organization of AWIS (Association for the Wellbeing of Israel's Soldiers) and The Libi Fund, the official body for donations which benefit the soldiers of the IDF.
“Yahad” – with all overhead costs financed by Israel’s Ministry of Defense, 100% of all donations are utilized for their objectives without any overhead.
Since 2015, the head of this new and united organization is General (res.) Yoram Yair (Ya-Ya), who serves in a voluntary capacity.
“Yahad" strengthens and cares for Israel’s soldiers through various programs including: Uniforms to University, social welfare, education, Jewish education and holiday celebrations, bereaved families counseling and retreats, and more, all made possible by the generous donations of our supporters, companies and organizations in Israel and all over the world.
“Yahad" - is the only organization authorized to receive donations for the welfare and wellbeing of IDF soldiers.
General (Res.) Yoram Yair (“ Ya-Ya”) - chairman
Born in Kibbutz Ein Hanatziv, he grew up and was educated in Tel Aviv.
He spent most of his military service in the Paratroopers where he held every command position - from platoon leader to division commander. He commanded the spearhead paratroopers company which led the breakthrough into Sinai in the Six Day War. During the Yom Kippur War, commanding a paratroops battalion, he fought in the bitter battles against the main Syrian attack on the Golan Heights, then crossed the Suez Canal with his battalion and led the fighting deep into Egyptian territory.
In the 1982 Lebanon War, Yair commanded the Paratroops Brigade which made the amphibious landing north of Sidon and led the IDF forces to Beirut. After the war he became Division commander and then Lebanese sector commander.
In 1988 was promoted to the rank of Major General and appointed Commander of the Northern Corps facing the Syrian front. Headed the IDF Manpower Branch and was appointed as the Military Attaché in the U.S.A.
During his service Gen. Yair planned, commanded and participated in dozens of raids and operations beyond Israel's borders.
He headed the committee that drafted the "Spirit of the IDF" - the IDF's Code of Ethics.
After his retirement, he started to initiate and lead social and educational activities on a full voluntary basis, including Chairman of the the "Hadassah Neurim" Youth Village, Chairman of the Association of drug rehabilitation villages, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the "Acharai" movement - which prepares thousands of immigrant youth, youth at risk and youth from the geographic and social periphery, including members of minorities and ultra-Orthodox, for meaningful service in the IDF.
He is active in the business sector and serves as chairman of four business companies in various fields and as a strategic consultant in Israel and the U.S. .
He holds a degree in psychology and studied for a master's degree in business administration and psychology. He is considered an authority in the field of leadership development and management, teaches and heads the Rabin Leadership Program at IDC Herzliya.
Since 2014 he has been active in the unification of the "Libi" Fund and the Association for the Wellbeing of the Israeli Soldier. Since 2015 Yair is the active chairman as a volunteer of the united organization "Yahad" –United for Israel's Soldiers
Yair is married to Edna, father of four and has 13 grandchildren.
His daughter, Captain Shlomit Yair, who served as an operations officer in the Air Force, was killed in an aircraft accident in 1990.
Colonel (Res.) Sharon Harmon - CEO of the "Yahad" Foundation
Col. Res. Sharon Harmon (born March 2, 1969) is the Chief Executive Officer of "Yahad" -
United for Israel's Soldiers Foundation.
Col. Res. in the IDF and former head of the Personnel Division of the Air Force.
During her military service she served, among other roles, as the head of the Planning Division and the Commander of The Air Force Administrative squadrons at Ovda and Palmahim bases.
In 2012, Harmon was appointed head of the Personnel Division at the Air Force Headquarters. During her tenure, she has initiated many projects, some of which enabled strengthening ties with Holocaust survivors, others provided assistance to families of soldiers from low socio-economic backgrounds, care for soldiers in difficulties and distress, contributed to the eradication of sexual harassment as well as encouraging significant recruitment and military service and fostering long-term relationships of the soldiers and their families with the Air Force.
From 2012 to 2015, she served as a board member of "Hever" Consumers Club (Permanent soldiers).
On May 2020, she was appointed CEO of the "Yahad" Foundation.
Harmon was born and raised in Be'er Sheva. In 1987, after graduating from Mekif Gimel high school, she enlisted in the IDF and underwent a dedicated officer training program in the Air Force.
Sharon holds a bachelor's degree (BA) in Economics from Bar-Ilan University, which she graduated with honors in 1997, and a master's degree (MBA) in Business Administration from Ben-Gurion University, which she also graduated with honors in 2009.
She is married to Tal. The couple has 4 children and live in Kfar Warburg.