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The Journey of an Elite IDF Naval Commando from Military Excellence to Civilian Leadership

Thursday, September 12, 2019 12 Elul 5779

8:00 PM - 10:00 PMFrank Nathanson Adult Lounge


Co-sponsored by CAI Israel Committee and CAI Men's Club

Thursday, September 12, 8 pm

Join us for the extraordinary story of an American who left his university to join the Israel Defense Forces and ultimately became part of one of the most elite units in the IDF, the Israeli Navy SEALs. Each year, 20,000 young men try out and 40 or fewer are ultimately selected to serve in Shayetet-13, the Israeli Navy SEALs. Known as “men of silence,” these elite naval commandos fight the war between the wars, undertaking covert missions beyond Israel’s borders. They
train for six months longer than other IDF units and commit at least 20 more months of total service. This rare American-born Israeli Navy SEAL joins Rabbi Ari Lucas to discuss his personal journey, serving in this elite and storied unit, its strict moral calculus, and how he uses the skills he learned on active duty in his daily civilian life.

This event is open to everyone.

Preregistration for this event has ended. We hope to see you there!
At the door: $15 for members, $20 for non-members


Prior to the AFINS event will be a Dessert Reception with AIPAC speaker, Maya Cadena.

Thursday, September 12, 7 pm

Maya Cadena is AIPAC's Director of the Sephardic Division. She was born and raised in Los Angeles. At age 17, Maya moved to Israel to join the IDF as a lone soldier. She served as an infantry instructor, guiding soldiers on weapons and tanks on the Gaza and Lebanon border from 2008-2010 and then served in reserves until 2014.

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