Bentzi Gruber is a Brigadier General in the Israeli Defense Force who oversees 20,000 soldiers.  He is founder of "Chesed in the Field," a non-profit that brings together IDF reservists and chronically ill and disabled children for special events throughout the year, instilling the values of community and social responsibility in the hearts of thousands of soldiers.  Gen. Gruber also established "Ethics in the Field" to shatter myths and present the facts missing in today's discussion of Israeli counter terrorism.

Bentzi Gruber addressed students of all ages at Slater Torah Academy this past Tuesday, as part of his trip to New Orleans for Amiel Bakehillah, a program sponsored by the Jewish Endowment Foundation in partnership with the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora affairs. 

Some students brought in photos of their relatives who have served in the IDF to show the general and to make the discussion more personal for our young students. 

We are grateful for this program that has brought many Israeli visitors to our school throughout the year including a chef, musician, artist and the head of United Hatzalah. These programs have helped bring a strong connection and pride to our students with Israeli culture and the land of Israel.