Israeli's Lone Soldiers
Their Stories, Their Lives, Their Struggles
Sunday, August 10th at 7:00 pm
Jewish Educational Alliance
Admission is Free
Dessert and coffee will be served
Show your support of Israel and hear about the current situation in Israel first hand!
Charleston, SC native Matt Baer was a Computer Science major at the College of Charleston in 2011 when he chose to take a break from his education to make Aliyah and join the Israeli Defense Forces as a Lone Soldier. He served in the 202nd Paratrooper's Battalion and participated in Operation Pillar of Defense, finishing his service in August 2013.
Since completing his service, he's become a member of the Heseg Foundation and a volunteer at the Tel Aviv Lone Soldier Center - all while studying Electrical Engineering at Tel Aviv University and working for the Wise Observatory - the only professional astronomical observatory in Israel - as their Electrical Engineering intern. Currently, he's working on upgrading the control system of the observatory's main spectroscope.
Matt will describe his experience as a soldier in the IDF with no family in Israel to support him and share information about the Lone Soldier Center, a grassroots organization dedicated to improving the off-base lives of Israel's community of Lone Soldiers.
Talk with Matt over dessert and coffee. Learn why an American might decide to join the IDF, what life is like for a Lone Soldier in the IDF and what we can do to make it a little better.