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Israeli Doctor Served in Haiti, Tours US

Dr. Avraham (Avi) Yitzhak, an IDF major who served as part of Israel’s delegation in Haiti, recently completed a tour of American Jewish communities as a representative of The Jewish Federations of North America, organized by JFNA's Speakers Bureau (Israel and US).

Yitzhak, who holds the distinction of being Israel’s first Ethiopian doctor, spoke in locales including Chicago, Indiana, North Carolina and Rockland County, NY.

While his remarks centered on his experiences in Haiti, his theme was broader, as he put his own service into the context of his life in Israel.

“He effectively infused his personal stories with the facts to paint unforgettable images,” explained Nadine Schneider, Director of the Speakers Bureau.

Yitzhak immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia at age 18 and received a scholarship to study medicine at Ben Gurion University. As a medical officer of the IDF’s Southern Command, he served in both the Second Lebanon War and Operation Cast Lead. The father of three, Yitzhak is a surgeon at Soroka Hospital who has earned a reputation as a skilled and caring doctor and commander.

His latest challenge, sharing his Haiti experiences with American Jewish audiences, was no less successful.

In the words of one member of the JUF/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago: “I want to let you know that because of Avi’s talk, brief as it was, many people raised their gifts. These were people whose gifts were already in, but after they heard him speak they decided to give more. He touched everyone in such an amazing way, and people are still talking about it.”

Visit the VIP Speakers Bureau page to learn more.