Published On: Wed, Dec 21st, 2022

Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Inspires Boca Raton Students During Recent Visit

On December 14, 2022, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Michael Herzog, joined Jewish National Fund-USA, the Consulate General of Israel in Miami, and Katz Yeshiva High School (KYHS) in Boca Raton, to give an inspirational and informative speech to several hundred students regarding the importance of continuing strong relations between the United States and Israel. 

Ambassador Herzog also briefed the students about the recent elections in Israel, as well as the concerning rise in antisemitism around the world and the need to have a united effort to fight it. He answered questions from the students and even took “selfies” with them, later touring the school and visiting classrooms — making this an unforgettable experience for the students.

“KYHS was thrilled to host Ambassador Herzog for a full-school assembly,” said Rabbi Avi Levitt, Head of School. “We are thankful that Jewish National Fund-USA arranged to have the Ambassador visit South Florida and elected to partner with us and our nearly 500 students, enabling these young adults to meet a man who exemplifies service to the Jewish people.”

Loren and Eric Stein, Jewish National Fund-USA’s Co-Presidents of the South Palm Beach Board of Directors, were integral to organizing the event. Loren Stein, a teacher at KYHS, also spoke to the students about the incredible work Jewish National Fund-USA is doing to support the land and people of Israel and how the school plans to create a JNF-USA club for students interested in philanthropy and connecting with other high school-aged supporters of Israel.

“As the single largest provider of Israel engagement programs in the U.S., Jewish National Fund-USA offers numerous ways to connect young American Jews to Israel,” said Ltc. Zohar Vloski, the Keren Kayemet LeIsrael Jewish National Fund Israel Emissary. “We were delighted to help organize this event as part of our work to establish the next generation of Israel supporters.”

Herzog was appointed Israel’s Ambassador to the United States in the summer of 2021 by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. He is a retired Israel Defense Forces Brigadier General and has held senior positions in Israel’s Ministry of Defense. From 2009 to 2014, he served as Special Emissary to Israel’s Prime Minister in an effort to relaunch the Peace Process. Previously, Ambassador Herzog served as an International Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a Senior Fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute, and the Director of the Forum of Strategic Dialogue.

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