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My Israeli Story

Omer Karavani

“My Israeli Story” is a 30-minute presentation that provides a unique opportunity to learn the history of Israel through the personal story of Omer Karavani and his family.

Omer Karavani is the Israeli emissary to the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley. He is 23 years old, and was born and raised in Ashkelon, Israel, a coastal city, about a one-hour drive south of Tel Aviv. It is located eight miles from the border with Gaza. 

Before his mandatory service in the Israeli army, out of motivation to serve his country, Omer decided to do a gap year of volunteer service. He worked in Jerusalem in underserved communities with children and the elderly.  

In August 2019 he joined the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to be a combat soldier in the Artillery Corps and served for almost three years. 

Omer’s family story represents the diversity of the Jewish people. His family came from Iraq, Romania and Yemen. 

To request Omer as a speaker, please click here

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