A Passion For Israel Adventures of a Sar-El Volunteer

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About A Passion For Israel Adventures Of A Sar-El Volunteer

Product Description What would motivate a successful corporate lawyer to trade in his comfortable life in America for three weeks every year to volunteer for manual labor on Israeli military bases? Mark Werner, son of a Holocaust survivor, is an ardent Zionist seeking a personal way to show support for Israel. Sar-el is an organization that enables thousands of volunteers from all over the world to work in a civilian capacity on Israeli military bases, freeing up IDF soldiers for more serious duties. This book is based on journals the author kept during 14 Sar-el stints from 2006 to 2019. Werner describes working through a desert sandstorm, dealing with a scorpion in his bunk, taking refuge in a bomb shelter during a Palestinian missile attack, and more. Through simple activities from packing kitbags and medical supplies for the soldiers to filling sandbags and assembling tank antennas the volunteers work hard to make their contributions to the defense of Israel. The camaraderie that develops between volunteers and soldiers as they work side by side is their greatest reward. The story of an enriching volunteer experience like no other, A Passion for Israel provides a roadmap for others to show their support for the unique Jewish state. Review An inherently fascinating, deftly written, exceptionally well presented, and impressively informative memoir that blends Israeli military history and elements of Israel travel, A Passion For Israel is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to community and academic library collections. --Midwest Book Review In A Passion For Israel: Adventures of a Sar-El Volunteer, Mark Werner describes a unique volunteering opportunity there is nothing quite like it available anywhere else and the sense of intense personal fulfillment that it provides to those who avail themselves of it. His account of his varied experiences when planted within the Israeli military not only makes absorbing reading in itself, but explains a little of how Israel s defense forces operate, and the pressures that are placed upon them from time to time. On both counts, A Passion for Israel is recommended reading and if it invokes a desire to share this unusual volunteering experience, so much the better. --Neville Teller, The Jerusalem Report, 21 September, 2020 About the Author Mark Werner is a retired attorney in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he lives with his wife Arlene. A graduate of Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, he served as Chief Legal Officer of GlaxoSmithKline (North America) prior to his retirement. 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.