Israelis You Should Know

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An End to Childhood

A Polish Jew who survived the Holocaust, Miriam Akavia went on to make aliyah, write about her life, and build bridges that helped fight anti-Semitism.

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The Father of Krav Maga

Because of his own experiences with anti-Semitism in Europe, Imi Lichtenfield made aliyah and developed the Krav Maga self-defense method.

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The Last Survivor of Treblinka

Samuel Willenberg was a Holocaust survivor who was the last remaining witness to the 1943 revolt at the Treblinka death camp, as well as an Israeli artist, sculptor, and writer.

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Israel’s Captain on the Field

Mordechai Spiegler is not only the highest scorer in Israeli soccer history, he scored Israel's only World Cup goal.

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A Breakthrough High Tech Entrepreneur

An influential Israeli computer scientist and businesswoman, Oran Berry illustrates "the values of caring and public giving."

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From Survivor to the Sports Pages

Noah Klieger survived Auschwitz and other Nazi camps to go on to cover Nazi war crimes trials and Israeli athletics as a journalist.

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From Paratroopers to Politics

Shaul Mofaz is an Iranian-born Jew who served in the IDF, including in its top position, as well as the Knesset during decades of service to Israel.

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A Holy Land Prodigy

Daniel Barenboim grew up from being an Israeli musical wunderkind to one of the most respected musicians and conductors in the world of classical music.

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Feeding God’s People

Zdenka Samish revolutionized food preparation and preparation in pre-state Israel and continued her important work to help feed the modern Jewish state.

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‘This Must Be War!’

Having flown and fought in the Yom Kippur War, during Israel's conflict with Lebanon, and in Operation Opera, Amir Nachumi is one of Israel's top fighter pilot aces.

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The Figure We All Followed

Meir Shamgar, a founding father of Israel's legal system and president of the Israeli Supreme Court, passed away at the age of 94.

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Creating Israel’s National Diet

Sarah Bavly was a chemist and nutritionist whose decades of work helped better the health of the people of Israel.

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Yom Kippur War Vet Helps Others with Trauma

Professor Yuval Neria served in the IDF during Israel's 1973 conflict, and is helping other veterans like himself with their emotional consequences to trauma.

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I’m Still Like Everyone

Oran Almog lost five family members — including his father, brother, grandparents, and cousin — in a terror attack that also took his eyesight. But that hasn't stopped him from serving Israel.

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Forgotten Olympic Champion’s Legacy Races On in Israel

Winning gold for Finland in the 1920s before making aliyah and losing his life in a terror attack, Elias Katz left his mark on Israeli sports.

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‘Light a Candle’

Sarit Hadad is an Israeli singer who represented the Jewish state in the 2002 Eurovision contest and was named Israel's "best female singer of the 2000s."

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The Spy

Eli Cohen, an Israeli spy whose work in Syria led to his execution but also helped Israel win the Six-Day War, is remembered in a new Netflix series.

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An Officer and a Gentleman

Aharon Yariv was an IDF general and Israeli politician who headed military intelligence and directed Operation Wrath of God after the 1972 Munich Massacre.

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‘We Are on the Map!’

Tal Brody is an Israeli-American basketball star, Goodwill Ambassador of Israel, and veteran of both the American and Israeli armies.

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‘One Young Goat’

Ephraim Kishon was an Israeli writer, Oscar-nominated film director, and one of the world's most widely read satirists.

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The Holocaust Survivor Who Won 10 Olympic Medals

Agnes Keleti survived the Nazis, medaled ten times in gymnastics, made aliyah to the Holy Land, and at 98 is still feisty as ever.

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