From the Front Lines to the Home Front: How Israel’s War with Hamas Can Bring Us Closer Together

Thursday, February 8, 2024, 6:30PM
The Temple-Tifereth Israel
26000 Shaker Boulevard
Beachwood, OH 44122

The Temple-Tifereth Israel’s 10/7 Israel Task Force invites you to a rare opportunity for an insider briefing, discussion on antisemitism and a Q&A with Yisrael Klitsner, active reservist in the IDF currently on brief break from serving on the front lines of the war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Before the war, Yisrael had recently completed his term serving as the Diaspora Affairs Advisor to then Prime Minister of Israel, Naftali Bennett.

Rabbi Yael Dadoun will facilitate a conversation with Yisrael as he shares real time insights on the war while helping us consider the question: “Does an Assault on the Jewish People Bear Hope for Internal Jewish Unity?” We also welcome questions from attendees submitted in advance using the following link (coming soon).

Wine and appetizers at 6:30pm.
Conversation 7:00pm.

Register below.

Yisrael Klitsner held the pivotal role of Diaspora Affairs Advisor to the then Prime Minister of Israel, Naftali Bennett. In this influential position, Yisrael actively engaged in diplomatic missions, crafted policy recommendations, authored impactful speeches, and played a central role in formulating the Prime Minister’s diaspora affairs strategy. Prior to his distinguished government role, Yisrael spent six years contributing to AIPAC-AIEF, where he served as the Director of Strategic Engagement. During this tenure, he played a key role in planning and executing visits to Israel by politically influential delegations, including many Members of Congress, providing a nuanced analysis of the intricate Israeli geopolitical landscape. Yisrael also spearheaded AIPAC’s progressive engagement initiatives in Israel. Raised in Jerusalem, Yisrael’s commitment to service is deeply rooted, as evidenced by his service in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) from 2006 to 2009, where he served in Duvdevan, an elite anti-terror special forces unit.

When confronted with the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, Yisrael immediately pivoted from his academic and consulting commitments to join his reserve unit in the IDF, deploying to Gaza. Yisrael Klitsner is presently engaged in the pursuit of a master’s degree in public policy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Simultaneously, he serves as a consultant to multiple organizations, showcasing his commitment to blending academic insights with practical application in the field of Israel Advocacy. Yisrael is married to Laurie Wasser, they are raising four children. Yisrael’s rich tapestry of experiences reflects a profound dedication to public service, diplomacy and global affairs.