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Israeli IDF Hero at Abrams
Abrams Hebrew Academy will welcome Eli Yablonek and his guide dog Glen to the school.
Each year, as part of the 8th grade trip to Israel, Abrams students visit the Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind in Beit Oved and make a contribution to this worthy organization. During the past several months of watching the crisis and war unfold in Israel, we at Abrams often found ourselves wondering “What can we do to help?” This visit affords us an opportunity to bring attention to the needs of blind Israelis, many of whom are IDF veterans, and to showcase success stories like Eli’s.
Eli Yablonek fought as a tank commander during the 1973 Yom Kippur War and was awarded the Ot Mofet, one of Israel's highest citations. He lost his arm and his vision when his tank was hit by a missile. Undaunted, Eli was determined to go on with his life and trained himself to be an excellent hiker, tandem biker, swimmer and skier. He has achieved many of his goals with the help of a guide dog obtained from the Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind.
Eli will talk about his remarkable experiences and how he obtained his yellow Labrador companion who was born, raised and trained in Israel. In fact, Glen only responds to commands given in Hebrew!
Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.