Israelis You Should Know

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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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‘A Voice Called, and I Went’

A Jewish poet from the Holy Land, Szenes parachuted into Nazi-occupied Europe during WWII to help fight the Germans and rescue Jews, and was ultimately executed for her actions.

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Farewell to an Israel Prize Laureate Poet

Learn about poet Tuvia Ruebner, one of Israel's longtime artists who recently passed away at age 95.

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From Kindergarten Teacher to Knesset Member

Sarah Kafrit was a teacher and member of Israel's early Knesset.

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A Holy Land Learner and Leader

Professor Michael Fekete was an Israeli professor and mathematician who provided learning and leadership for the Holy Land.

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Engraved in Our Hearts

An IDF soldier and commander, Zvi Ofer served in many of Israel's wars, received the Israeli Medal of Valor, and was killed pursuing terrorists in 1968.

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Tickling the Israeli Ivories

Eyran Katsenelenbogen is an Israeli pianist known around the world for his recordings and his performances.

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A Real Commander in Charge

Haim Bar-Lev was a military officer and government minister who served the Holy Land before and after Israel gained her independence.

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Jumping for the Jewish State

David Kushnir competed for Israel in the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games, while also coaching Israel's national track and field team from 1970-1982.

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An Israeli Grandmaster

Tatiana Zatulovskaya was a Russian-born Israeli chess player who thrice won the Soviet women's championship and twice was named world women's senior champion.

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The Return of Avraham Sutzkever

Avraham Sutzkever has been called "the greatest Yiddish poet who ever lived," but was also a hero of the Holocaust who then made aliyah (immigrated to Israel).

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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.

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The Most Highly Decorated Soldier in Israeli History

Ehud Barak is an Israeli general and politician who served as Prime Minister, as well as Minister of Defense and IDF Chief of Staff.

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Israel’s Ace of Aces

Credited with 17 victories during both the Six-Day War and the Yom Kippur War, Brigadier General Giora "Hawkeye" Even served Israel from the air.

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A Fallen Friend, a Holocaust Survivor, a Fighter for Israel

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin visited the grave of Zvi "Freddy" Gross, a family friend from his childhood who died fighting for Israel's independence.

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‘Jerusalem Is the Venice of God’

Yehuda Amichai was an Israeli poet who was considered Israel's greatest writer of modern poetry.

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The Soul of Israeli Soccer

One of Israel's greatest soccer players ever, Avi Nimni had his number 8 retired by his longtime team.

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Holy Land Viola

Rivka Golani is an Israeli violist who has played with orchestras around the world, is a renowned music teacher, and has been named one of the most important instrumentalists playing today.

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The First Israeli Woman Nobel Prize Winner

Ada Yonath is an Israeli scientist best known for her work on the ribosome, for which she won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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‘Our Place Is Here’

Yigal Allon served Israel for decades, as a Palmach commander, IDF general, Knesset member, and acting Prime Minister.

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A Cherished Storyteller

Mirik Snir is a beloved Israeli children's book author and special education teacher.

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