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JUNEAU - An Israeli soldier will be on a speaking tour at churches, synagogues and the community in Juneau April 27-May 1. Ran Bar-Yoshafat will share his background, experience serving in the Israeli Defense Forces and life in Israel and answer questions. His tour is sponsored by StandWithUs, a 10 year-old non-profit, international Israel education organization and Congregation Sukkat Shalom and Rabbi Dov Gartenberg.
Israeli soldier to hold presentations in Juneau 042512 NEWS 2 For the Capital City Weekly JUNEAU - An Israeli soldier will be on a speaking tour at churches, synagogues and the community in Juneau April 27-May 1. Ran Bar-Yoshafat will share his background, experience serving in the Israeli Defense Forces and life in Israel and answer questions. His tour is sponsored by StandWithUs, a 10 year-old non-profit, international Israel education organization and Congregation Sukkat Shalom and Rabbi Dov Gartenberg.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Story last updated at 4/25/2012 - 11:31 am

Israeli soldier to hold presentations in Juneau

JUNEAU - An Israeli soldier will be on a speaking tour at churches, synagogues and the community in Juneau April 27-May 1. Ran Bar-Yoshafat will share his background, experience serving in the Israeli Defense Forces and life in Israel and answer questions. His tour is sponsored by StandWithUs, a 10 year-old non-profit, international Israel education organization and Congregation Sukkat Shalom and Rabbi Dov Gartenberg.

Bar-Yoshafat grew up near Tel Aviv, Israel and was in high school when the second Intifada broke out, a wave of terror and suicide bombings that lasted five years. Military service is compulsory in Israel and Bar-Yoshafat joined at age seventeen. An Israeli national champion in martial arts, Bar-Yoshafat utilized his black belt in the elite special forces unit as a hand-to-hand combat expert pursuing terrorists. In the heart of action, he many stories to impart.

After completing service, Bar-Yoshafat entered university and has a law degree from Hebrew University. For the past six months, he was a Shaliach (emissary) at StandWithUs Northwest, addressing thousands of people. Bar-Yoshafat' objective is "to perhaps help people gain a new perspective about the state of Israel."

The following is a list of events:

April 27th: "Conflicting Visions: How Jewish Should the Jewish State Be?"

7-9 p.m., hosted by Temple Sukkat Shalom, 211 Cordova St., West Juneau.

April 28: "Growing Up in Israel: My Personal Story"

7-8 p.m., hosted by Temple Sukkat Shalom, 211 Cordova St., West Juneau.

April 29: "What Could Peace Look Like? An Israeli Perspective"

4-6 p.m., hosted by the Juneau Cooperative Church Council, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 740 West 10th Street.

April 29: "Understanding the Israeli-Arab Conflict"

7-8:30 p.m., sponsored by the Juneau World Affairs Council and Congregation Sukkat Shalom, 350 Whittier Street.

April 30: "A View from Israel: Question and answers about Israel today"

Noon-1 p.m., State Office Building.

April 30: "Becoming Human: Getting Beyond Stereotypes"

6:30-7:30 p.m., Interchurch Teen Program, sponsored by the Juneau Cooperative Church Council, hosted by Shepherd of the Valley, 4212 Mendenhall Loop Road, for teens only.

For more details visit www.sukkatshalomalaska.net


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