JUF and Israeli consulate hosting community briefing on the situation in Israel Aug. 11

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As Hamas violates another cease-fire by firing terror rockets at Israeli civilian targets from Gaza civilian locations, hear the latest news and analysis of what is happening in the Middle East at “Israel Under Fire: A Special Community Briefing”, at 7:30 p.m. this Monday, Aug. 11 at Congregation B’nai Tikvah, 1558 Wilmot Rd., Deerfield.

Featuring Consul General of Israel to the Midwest Roey Gilad and JUF Executive Vice President Jay Tcath, the event will discuss how all these issues are playing out in our own community in media coverage, with our elected officials, with Christian groups, with anti-Israel rallies, on campuses and other essential venues.

Gilad, Israel’s highest ranking official in the Midwest, is responsible for 11 states in the Midwest region including his base of Chicago. During his 23 year tenure with Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gilad has served in various positions outside of Israel including the United Kingdom, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and Kenya. The Consul General was head of the Political Affairs Department in Israel’s Embassy in London; media spokesperson in Israel’s Embassy in Amman and the second secretary in Nairobi during his first posting.

While in his native Israel, Gilad was most recently at Israel’s National Defense College and prior to that was head of the Export Control Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Earlier this year, Gilad received a Master’s Degree in National Security at Haifa University. In addition, he has a Master’s Degree in Middle Eastern studies from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a Bachelor ‘s Degree in Middle Eastern studies from Tel Aviv University. He served as a staff sargeant in the artillery forces of the Israel Defense Forces.  In addition to his mother tongue, Hebrew, Gilad is fluent in English and Arabic and is knowledgeable in French.

Jay Tcath is the Executive Vice President for the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

As an undergraduate, Tcath majored in Soviet Studies, and received his M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.  In between his degrees, which were funded by Army R.O.T.C. Scholarships and the G.I. Bill, he served four years in the U.S. Army. Retiring as a captain, he served as a platoon leader in a NATO Air Defense Unit based in (then) West Germany. In fact, it was his former unit, the 94th Brigade, that was deployed to Israel to help defend against the Iraqi Scud attacks during the 1991 Gulf War.

Jay has travelled far and wide on behalf of the Jewish people, from cleaning a flooded synagogue in Grand Forks, North Dakota to visiting Jews in Ethiopia, meeting refuseniks in the Soviet Union, and over 30 trips to Israel with senators, congressmen, clergy and civic leaders.

Email jcrc1@juf.org to register for the event.

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