Jewish National Fund will honor the director of Israel’s Special in Uniform program at the 13th annual Jack Hirsch Memorial Breakfast at The Temple on Thursday, May 12, which is Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day).
Reserve Lt. Col. Tiran Attia will receive the Cantor Isaac and Betty Goodfriend Community Service Award during the program, which will run from 8 to 9 a.m. Registration will open at 7:30.
Special in Uniform is a new JNF partner that integrates people with disabilities into the Israel Defense Forces, then helps program graduates enter the workforce and play meaningful roles in Israeli society.
Attia is a far less controversial speaker than First Baptist Church Atlanta Senior Pastor Charles Stanley, who was scheduled to be one of two honorees last year until pulling out of the event a few days in advance.
“JNF’s Jack Hirsch Memorial Breakfast brings our entire community together to celebrate Israel and the Jewish people,” said Shelley Kaplan, who is chairing the breakfast with husband Scott. “It is especially wonderful to honor and recognize Lt. Col. Attia for the efforts he and Special in Uniform have made to include and empower those with special needs and disabilities into one of the world’s greatest militaries.”
Attia also will be saluted during the third annual Yom HaAtzmaut celebration luncheon held by JNF Southeast’s women’s division. That event will start at 11 a.m. at Congregation B’nai Torah in Sandy Springs.
The luncheon will provide Sandy Springs, which last year launched a Sister Cities relationship with the Western Galilee Cluster, and JNF, which opened a Western Galilee tourist center in Akko on March 8, to celebrate their shared connection with the region.
Melissa Bernstein and Roni Wolk are chairing the luncheon.
Tickets for the luncheon are $54. Women can register by visiting www.jnf.org/about-jnf/events/2016/3rd-annual-yom-haatzmaut.html or by contacting Marcy Friedland at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-236-8990, ext. 852.