Six-Day war

Israeli paratroopers standing in front of the Western Wall in Jerusalem during the Six-Day War, June 7, 1967. 

A dessert reception at Landerhaven will feature three paratroopers appeared in a famous photograph by the late David Rubinger at 7 p.m. June 5. 

CLE Remembers: 50th anniverrary of the Six-Day War is a collaboration between the Cleveland Jewish News Foundation and the Ohio chapter of Friends of Israel Defense Forces and commemorates the Six-Day War, which was June 5-10.

Paul Singerman, president of the CJN Foundation Board of Directors, said the event was the brainchild of Rabbi Matt Eisenberg of Temple Israel Ner Tamid in Mayfield Heights. Singerman said he thought it was a great idea and thought who better to partner with than FIDF for such an event.

“(FIDF) were terrifically supportive and the event sprang from that,” Singerman said.

Irwin Haber, chairman of the Ohio chapter of FIDF and national FIDF board member, said the event will feature the national anthems of both Israel and the United States, and FIDF will show a special video. 

In addition, he said Zion Karasenti, Yitzhak Yifat and Haim Oshr, the three iconic paratroopers, will be on stage and honored as the heroes of the Six-Day War.

“All money raised is going to the education pillar of the FIDF to help the soldiers continue their education after their service,” Schlessel said.

Singerman said organizers are hoping for between 300 and 400 attendees for the reception, which also will feature keynote speaker Kenneth W. Stein, professor of contemporary Middle Eastern history, political science and Israeli studies at Emory University in Atlanta. Haber met Stein during a Wexner Heritage Program a few years ago and thought it would be a good idea for him to speak at the event.

“I think (those who attend) will get a greater appreciation of the war and its historical context, as well as understanding of the how and the why of the Six-Day War,” Singerman said.

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