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Two Israeli soldiers to speak at Hendrix tonight

Posted: February 24, 2014 - 12:10pm
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The Crain-Maling Center of Jewish Culture at Hendrix College in Conway and Sen. Jason Rapert are hosting two Israeli IDF Soldiers who are travelling the United States sharing their stories in conjunction with Stand With Us. This event will be held in the Student Life and Technology Building in Worsham Hall on the Hendrix College campus at 7 p.m. on Monday Feb. 24. Organizers believe the evening will provide an insightful look into these soldiers experiences in the Israeli army. For more information contact: Ellen Kirsch at kirsch@hendrix.edu. or call 501-450-4598.Stand With Us www.standwithus.com is an international, nonprofit organization supporting Israel around the world. According to the group's statement, "Stand With Us is dedicated to informing the public about Israel and to combating the extremism and anti-Semitism that often distort the issues. We believe that knowledge of the facts will correct common prejudices about the Arab-Israeli conflict and will promote discussions and policies that can help promote peace in the region. Through print materials, speakers, programs, conferences, missions to Israel, campaigns, and internet resources, we ensure that the story of Israel's achievements and ongoing challenges is told on campuses and in communities, the media, libraries, and churches around the world. With headquarters in Los Angeles, Stand With Us has 17 offices and chapters worldwide."The Crain-Maling Center of Jewish Culture at Hendrix College serves as a resource for students, faculty and members of the general public, Jews and non-Jews alike, who wish to engage in the study, discussion or teaching of Jewish culture. Through lectures, symposia, films, discussions, and associated courses, we will promote a broad understanding of Jewish culture as encompassing all aspects of sacred and secular Jewish life as well as its relationship to other cultures. The Center aims to foster interdisciplinary conversations that not only enhance knowledge about Jewish culture and raise awareness of Jewish life on campus but also engender deeper understanding and tolerance across cultures. In achieving its mission, the Center draws on the rich tradition of the liberal arts at Hendrix. That tradition values precisely the kind of critical inquiry, intellectual discussion, and development of character that are crucial components of Jewish culture and that will, consequently, be at the heart of the Center’s activities.

Daniel is an alumnus of the Stand With Us Israel Fellowship of 2012 at Tel Aviv University, and has a degree in computer science and economics. He served in the Israeli Air Force as a Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operator. He is currently in active reserve service as a Captain, serving 70 days of reserve duty every year, and has also worked abroad in more than 5 countries as a UAV (unmanned airplanes vehicle) instructor. Daniel served in the IDF during the 2008-2009 Operation Cast Lead against Hamas in Gaza. He will provide perspective of what it was like to have a bird`s eye view of rockets flying out of the Gaza Strip at innocent Israelis in Southern Israel. In his spare time, Daniel loves sports, dancing and exploring the world.

Ben is a native of Denver, Colo. and moved to Israel at the height of the second Intifada in September 2001 at the age of 13 with his family. He joined the IDF at the age of 18 in 2007 and served his mandatory 3-year service in the elite Special Forces unit of Maglan. Today Ben studies Political Studies and Urban Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a graduate of The Stand With Us Israel Fellowship of 2012.

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