Israelis You Should Know

Josef Tal, composer in 1939 with Palestine Conservatory of Music Orchestra

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Josef Tal – A Courageous Israeli Composer

A composer who made aliyah (immigrated to the Holy Land), Josef Tal created classical music for the modern state of Israel.

Richard Kauffmann designed Israeli Prime Minister's residence, 1938

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Building the Holy Land

An olim (immigrant) to the Holy Land, architect Richard Kauffmann helped design and build the modern state of Israel.

Avraham Avigdorov

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A Hero of Israel

Avraham Avigdorov was an IDF soldier whose bravery during Israel's War of Independence earned him the highest Israeli military decoration.

Gilad Shalit salutes PM Netanyahu upon his return from captivity, October 18, 2011

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The Lord Does Not Despise His Captive People

Captured by Palestinian terrorists via their sinister terror tunnels, Gilad Shalit was held prisoner by Hamas for five years.

Shoshana Arbeli-Almozlino, 1985

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From Pioneer to Parliament

Shoshana Arbeli-Almozlino made aliyah to the Holy Land from Iraq, then served the Jewish state for more than a quarter century in the Knesset.

Joseph Trumpeldor

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‘It Is Good to Die for Our Country’

Joseph Trumpeldor was an early Zionist, an organizer of the Jewish Legion, and an Israeli national hero who died defending the Holy Land.

Orna Porat (left)

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From a Childhood in Nazi Germany to Children’s Theater in Israel

Growing up in Germany during WWII, Orna Porat later converted to Judaism and became an important figure in the world of Israeli theater.

Recha Freier receives Israel Prize from PM Menachem Begin

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Recha Freier: The Mother of Youth Aliyah

Recha Freier founded the Youth Aliyah organization, and in the process saved thousands of young European Jews during the Holocaust by helping them immigrate to the Holy Land.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin with Ayelet Shaked

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Ayelet Shaked: A Powerful Figure in Israeli Politics

Ayelet Shaked is an Israeli politician and engineer who has been touted as a possible successor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Writer S.Y. Agnon boarding plane to receive Nobel Prize, 1966

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Writer Shmuel Yosef Agnon: Composing Songs in Writing

Writer Shai Agnon (published under the name S.Y. Agnon in English) was an important Hebrew novelist and Nobel laureate.

Rabbi Yehuda Leib Maimon and David Ben-Gurion, 1959

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A Chief Rabbi of Israel

Rabbi Yehuda Leib Maimon was not only an early religious leader in Israel, he helped draft the Jewish state's declaration of independence.

PM Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at ceremony for his brother, Yoni Netanyahu

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Yoni Netanyahu – One of Israel’s Most Courageous Warriors

The older brother of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Yoni Netanyahu was known for his role as commander of the elite IDF commando unit Sayeret Matkal.

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