Congregation Beth Shalom cordially invites you to attend our Annual JUF Brunch on behalf of the 2016 Jewish United Fund Annual Campaign Sunday, January 21, 2018 9:30 AM


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Featuring Distinguished Speaker Izzy Ezagui "Overcoming Obstacles and Facing Challenges"

Izzy Ezagui, a decorated squad commander in the Israel Defense Forces, is the only soldier in the world who lost an arm in combat and returned to the battlefield. Born and raised in America, Izzy joined a Birthright group traveling to Israel when he was eighteen. He went in search of fun and returned committed to joining the Israeli army. Soon after he finished his training, war broke out on the border of Gaza. Two weeks later, he was hit by a mortar and lost his left, and dominant, arm. Despite this devastating loss, Izzy's first thought in the hospital was that he must return to combat. Most people thought he was dreaming, but two months later, he was lucky enough to meet a general who gave him that chance.

While he continues to serve in an elite unit in the reserves, Izzy delivers inspirational talks across the United States and internationally. He's appeared in The Huffington Post, Al Jazeera America, Fox News, and Israeli National News. His memoir Disarmed will be published in the Spring.

Today Izzy lives in New York.

For more information, please contact Sandi Kaplan at 312-444-2841 or

"To be is to do."

Myriam Mendilow

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