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Lior Raz,  co-creator and lead actor in Netflix series, “Fauda,” will speak at the Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School’s 50th anniversary kickoff event Aug. 29 at the newly renovated school in Beachwood.

Raz and co-creator Avi Issachoroff wrote the plot of “Fauda” based on their service in the Israel Defense Forces. Raz, who plays the lead character, Doron Kavillio, will speak in a talk called, “From the Front Line to Fauda: A Conversation with Lior Raz.”

“‘Fauda’ is an international hit, which showcases Israel’s reach as a cultural and entertainment influence around the globe,” Head of School Jerry Isaak-Shapiro said in a news release about the event. “More than that, it’s a thoughtful and very non-black-and-white portrayal of a complicated issue.  It provides very honest characteristics of Israel and Israelis – their strengths and their vulnerabilities.  For a Zionist school, we couldn’t ask for more.  Lior Raz kicking off our 50th anniversary year is our way of telling the entire community that this is their celebration too – and that we’d love to have everyone join us on Aug. 29.”

Raz, who plays lead character Doron Kavillio, said the show’s storyline shows multidimensional sides of Israelis and Palestinians. 

“We show the Arab culture, and we approached it with great respect for them, their language and customs,” Raz said in the release.”We wrote the Palestinian characters not as just villains – not only as the bad guys, but as complex human beings, who have appealing traits, and are in love, and have families and have dilemmas and struggles just as the Israeli characters,” 

Raz and Issacharoff are filming their third season, which centers on the Gaza Strip. 

Event co-chairs are Lisa Mayers and Scott Simon. Honorary chairs for the 50th anniversary year are Bobby Goldberg and Aliki and Peter Rzepka.

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