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Silhouette of Israel IDF soldier saluting to Israel flag. Israel Defense Forces
Silhouette of Israel IDF soldier saluting to Israel flag. Israel Defense Forces
Israel@70 – A Salute to the Jewish State
Israel@70 – A Salute to the Jewish State
Israel / 05.17.2018

Long before Israel became a state, Detroiters supported and worked for the dream of creating a Jewish homeland. And many among us have put themselves on the line as members of the Israel Defense Forces to protect and preserve the Jewish state.

These former and current IDF members are Israelis now living in Metro Detroit and Americans who believed so strongly in serving the Jewish nation that many volunteered as Lone Soldiers, those without family in Israel.

At Israel’s 70th anniversary, we salute some of those in our midst who served in the IDF.

Sgt. Maj. Aron Zoldan of West Bloomfield, Givati Brigade, 1950-52
Dave Kresch of West Bloomfield was an officer in the 7th Armored Brigade. This picture was taken in a parade for the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. 
Cpl. Chloe Schwartz of West Bloomfield currently serves in the Israeli Air Force as a dog handler. She is a Lone Soldier and a 2016 graduate of Frankel Jewish Academy.
Arik Ragowsky of Farmington Hills, tank commander, 1970-1973; photo taken during Yom Kippur War just before crossing the Suez Canal.
David Yaari (formerly Greenwald) of West Bloomfield is an American who made aliyah in 1981; he was part of the 85th Artillery Brigade.
Michael Goldenberg, Nachal, paratrooper, 1969-76
Rina Nina Yaari of West Bloomfield was part of the 81st Nachal Brigade, 1981. Rina met her husband, David, above, while serving in the IDF.
Dahlia Rosen Berkovitz of West Bloomfield served in the IDF from 1968-72.
Miri Fadida of West Bloomfield served in Givati, Shaked Unit, from 1995-97.
Merav Hazan of West Bloomfield served in the Information Security Department of the IDF from 1971-1993.
Lt. Col. Dani Katsir served in Air Force intelligence from 1965-1986.
Shalom Friedman of Farmington Hills served in IDF military intelligence from 1965-67.
Steve Korn of Southfield, electrician, Israeli Air Force, 2009-11
Sgt. Corey Samuels Rosen of Franklin was a Lone Soldier from 2014-2017 and served as a Mashak Tash, an advocate for soldiers needing welfare and social services.
Shlomi Hamer of West Bloomfield served in the IDF Paratrooper Brigade from 1971-74.
Omer and Romi Oppenheim are siblings from West Bloomfield. He is currently serving in the 101st unit of the paratroopers. She is currently serving in the Israeli Navy.
Omer and Romi Oppenheim are siblings from West Bloomfield. He is currently serving in the 101st unit of the paratroopers. She is currently serving in the Israeli Navy.
Les Goldstein of West Bloomfield (shown with his wife, Dora) served in the IDF artillery from 1975-76.

FIDF Helps Israel’s Soldiers

Since Israel’s founding in 1948, the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces have risked, and many times sacrificed, their lives for the Jewish state.

From Holocaust To Independence
From Holocaust To Independence
Israel / 05.03.2018

And, since the Friends of the IDF was founded in 1981, the organization has stood by and supported Israel’s soldiers.

As David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, said, “In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles.” Israel’s survival is a miracle that can be primarily attributed to its sons and daughters in uniform.

For more information, call (248) 926-4110 or go to fidf.org/michigan-chapter.

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