Temple Beth Hillel member to discuss volunteer work on Israeli military base

Temple Beth Hillel member to discuss adventures volunteering on Israeli military base
Photo courtesy of David A. Brown, who is pictured in the black shirt on the far left.

Veteran local attorney and community advocate David A. Brown will recall his adventures while volunteering on an Israel Defense Forces base during a breakfast event at Temple Beth Hillel in Richmond this Sunday, March 26.

The discussion and photo presentation will occur during the Sunday Bagel Brunch Series, which runs from 10:15 a.m. to noon at the synagogue, 801 Park Central. The talk is open to the community and a $5 donation is suggested.

In November 2015, Brown, a highly active member of the Richmond Rotary Club and Temple Beth Hillel, fulfilled a lifelong dream of volunteering in Israel when he served on a Sar-El mission. The mission had Brown stationed on an Israeli military base, where he lived in the barracks, dined in the mess hall with soldiers and performed non-combative duties such as packing medical supplies and food, repairing machinery, organizing equipment and maintaining the bases.

Sar-El is a non-profit “Service for Israel” organization that provides Israeli citizens living abroad the opportunity to finalize their military status. But the program is also open to non-Israeli citizens like Brown who want to volunteer without joining the Israel Defense Forces.