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Paul Kaye

Israeli and American Veteran

Travels from Bayside, NY

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability or contact the speaker directly.

Topics:

Anti-Terrorism and Security, Academic Perspectives on Israel and Jewish History, Environmental and Sustainability Issues

 

Paul is a native New Yorker with a background of work for Jewish refugees and
Israel that is as exciting as any novel that has ever been written.

In 1947, after completing his World War II service in the United States Navy, he was
clandestinely recruited by the Masad Haganah and sailed as an officer on the Exodus type ship "Hatikvah." He was captured along with fifteen hundred displaced persons and detained in a British prison camp in Cyprus. Then, some of the crew of the Hatikvah was scheduled to be transferred with seven hundred fifty refugees via a British prison ship to Haifa. The Palmach Haganah smuggled explosives into the camp, and the crew smuggled them onto the ship. After all the peope had left the ship in Haifa, the ship was exploded and sank in the port.  Following that,  after being transferred to the Atlit prison camp in Palestine, Paul escaped to work with the underground in France. In 1948, he returned to New York and sailed another clandestine ship, the S.S. Director, to Marseilles.

From there, he transported fifteen hundred survivors to Israel. This ship, renamed the S. S. Galila, was able to sail under the Israeli flag. In the same year, he joined the Israeli navy as part of their new Seal unit.

As an American Veteran of Israel, he served with the Israel Consulate during the 6-
Day War and with the Israel Defense Ministry during the Yom Kippur War.
Paul travels to Israel regularly. Since 1994, he has been accompanying hundreds
of teenagers in an exciting trip paralleling his earlier experiences. The trip is called "Exodus", and the teens are thrilled to meet a real, live hero and hear his story.

Paul has been an active member of the Board of Trustees of Temple Hillel on Long
Island, New York for many years. In 1994, he assumed the presidency of the synagogue and served until 1996. In 1997, he married Susan Turner, whom he met while she was president of South Huntington Jewish Center. They now live in Bayside, New York and are still active member of both synagogues.

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