Israelis You Should Know

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The Mayor of Jerusalem

An Israeli military veteran, entrepreneur, and friend of The Fellowship, Nir Barkat has served as the mayor of the Holy City for the past 10 years.

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From Death to Battle

Beni Virtzberg was a Holocaust survivor, Israeli soldier, forester, and one of the first Israelis to recount his experiences during the Holocaust in a memoir.

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I Will Build You Up Again

Nachum Gutman was a beloved Israeli painter, sculptor, and award-winning author of children's books.

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Raising the ‘Ink Flag’

Avraham Adan was an Israeli major general who served with the IDF from 1947 until 1973, and who most famously raised the Ink Flag during Israel's War of Independence in 1948.

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The First Lady of Israeli Song and Poetry

A leading Israeli musician and songwriter, Naomi Shemer wrote and performed "Jerusalem of Gold," which became the country's unofficial second anthem after the Six-Day War.

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Israel’s Principal Viola

Odon Partos was an Israeli violist, composer, teacher, and recipient of the Israel Prize.

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The Christian Nanny Who Saved a Jewish Child in India

When radical Islamist terrorists carried out extensive attacks in Mumbai in 2008, Sandra Samuel - now an honorary Israeli - saved the life of two-year-old Moshe Holtzberg.

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First Christian Arab Woman Combat Soldier in IDF

Elinor Joseph is an Israeli Christian and the first Arab woman to serve in a combat role in the IDF.

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Transcend the Visible

Yaacov Agam is a sculptor from Israel who is the highest-selling Israel artist.

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‘A Prince and Not a King’

Ezer Weizman was an Israeli pilot, commander of the Israeli Air Force, Minister of Defense, and the seventh President of Israel.

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‘I Have No Other Country’

Ehud Manor was an Israeli TV and radio personality who wrote over 1,250 Hebrew songs, including "Ein Li Eretz Acheret (I Have No Other Country)."

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Israel’s Most Famous Living Author

Amos Oz is an Israeli novelist, journalist, and professor whose work has been published in 45 languages and in dozens of countries, and has won numerous honors and awards.

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‘A Very Inventive Person’

Itzhak Bentov was an Israeli scientist and author whose many inventions include the steerable cardiac catheter.

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The Spy Who Helped Win the Six-Day War

Eli Cohen was an Israeli spy whose work in Syria led to his execution in 1965, but also helped Israel win the Six-Day War of 1967.

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The Man Who Captured Eichmann

Rafi Eitan has dedicated his nine-decade life to serving the Jewish state and her people, including leading the daring Mossad mission to kidnap the Nazis' architect of the Holocaust.

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‘As Fast as I Can’

Israeli mountain biker Noga Korem competes in a world known for its heart-stopping uphills, downhills, turns and drops.

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An Inspired Israeli Teacher

Ilona Feher was a renowned Jewish violinist who made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) and became a noted violin teacher there.

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Israelis You Should Know: Dr. Chaim Sheba

Chaim Sheba was an Israeli physician and founder of Sheba Medical Center.

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The Poet of Israeli Spirituality

Etti Ankri is an Israeli singer-songwriter who has been called "the contemporary voice of...Israel."

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Israelis You Should Know: Avi Dichter

Avi Dichter is an Israeli politician who has served in the IDF, as head of the Shin Bet, in the Knesset, and is a longtime friend of The Fellowship.

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The King of Israeli Rock

Considered the father of Israeli rock, Shalom Hanoch's work has influenced modern music in Israel.

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