Join Jewish National Fund and Voice4Israel for a Zoom program to celebrate the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and learn how JNF helps those with special needs and disabilities experience the pride and patriotism that comes with serving their country and playing an integral role in protecting Israel.

Featuring Guest Speakers


Lt. Col. (Res.) Tiran Attia

Director, Special in Uniform

Lt. Col. (Res.) Tiran Attia serves as Director of Special in Uniform, an innovative program sponsored by Jewish National Fund that aims to integrate young people with autism and other disabilities into the IDF and, in turn, into Israeli society. After their service, Special in Uniform helps usher its graduates toward a self-sufficient life, through employment or other meaningful societal involvement, once they are discharged from the army.

Over the course of his distinguished 28-year career in the Israel Defense Forces, Lt. Col. Attia commanded a tank, the IDF's Technology and Logistics Forces training program, and the Sar-El program for army volunteers from around the world.


Mark Werner

Author & President of Volunteers for Israel

Mark Werner is a retired attorney in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he lives with his wife Arlene. Mark has volunteered on Israeli military bases for each of the past 18 years with no plans to stop. He is the author of a previous book describing his first four volunteer experiences, Army Fatigues: Joining Israel’s Army of International Volunteers (Devora Publishing). He also edited his father’s wartime memoir, Fighting Back: A Memoir of Jewish Resistance in World War II by Harold Werner (Columbia University Press). Mark is currently the President of Volunteers for Israel, the organization that enables him and other Americans to serve as civilian volunteers on Israeli military bases.


Mark will share some of his experiences that he wrote about in his recent book A Passion for Israel: Adventures of a Sar-El Volunteer.

Event Chairs

Marcia Harris, Voice4Israel Board
Susan Goldhaber, Voice4Israel Program Committee

More Information

Samuel Richardson, PhD, Director, Small Community Outreach
[email protected] or 800.211.1502 x855

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