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.