Find out first hand, when individuals from this group of the best of the world's special forces speak about their challenges and triumphs in combat at Ahavath Torah Congregation on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. as part of the Hausman Memorial Speaker Series.
The Israeli Navy SEALs, also known as the Naval Commandos and Shayetet -- or "Shin" -- 13, is one of the elite combat units in Israel's Defense Forces (IDF). Its insignia is a bat (in Hebrew "Atalef" ) carrying a hand grenade.
Its motto:"Like a bat out of the darkness, like a grenade exploding in thunder.' Shin 13 specializes in sea-to-land incursions, counter-terrorism, sabotage, maritime intelligence gathering, maritime hostage rescue, and boarding.
The unit is one of the most secretive in the Israeli military and the details of many missions and identities of active operatives are kept highly classified.
Among military analysts, the Israeli Naval Commandos are regarded to be among the best of the world’s special forces; they are often compared to the US Navy SEALs and Britain's Special Boat Service.
The unit is the author of some of the IDF's most legendary escapades, including among others, the 1969 Raid on Green Island, the 1973 Raid on Beirut (also known as Springtime of Youth), and the 1980s rescue of Ethiopian Jews from the Sudan (also known as Operation Moses).
The Atalef Foundation is dedicated to supporting the SEALs during their demanding regular and reserve military service, and to supporting the them during their re-entry to civilian society.
It is also committed to helping the SEALs realize their promise to Israeli society by encouraging and assisting each of them to contribute to society the unique skills and talents that they exhibited and acquired during their years of military service.
The Atalef Foundation serves the Shayetet 13 SEALs through many initiatives, including: welfare, health, and career development.
These are reflected in various sectors: education, personal development and civic volunteering. This is a rare opportunity to hear stories firsthand from these courageous young men (are they all men?) as they fight the challenges of terrorism that beset their country every day.
For further information contact Rabbi Jonathan Hausman at Ahavath Torah Congregation at 781-344-8733.
Please note that there will be no photography, recording or backpacks allowed. Security will be provided by Northstar Protective Services. A $10 minimum donation is suggested. Ahavath Torah Congregation is located at 1179 Central St in Stoughton.
BASKETBALL AT Y-The Old Colony YMCA in Stoughton is now accepting registrations for the 2013-2014 Basketball Season. There is a league for every age player from Kindergarten to eigth grade. Register early to ensure your spot for the upcoming season. $85 for member, and $125 for a non-member.
Youth Basketball League for Grades K-3 (Two Divisions K-first and second-third)
Practices–Monday or Wednesday Nights; Games-Saturday Mornings
League begins Nov. 9.
Travel Basketball League for Grades fourth-eighth (Two Divisions fourth-fifth and sixth-eighth)
Practices–One week night; Games-Saturday afternoons
Team practices begin Nov. 4 - Games begin Dec. 7.
Registration Deadline Oct. 28! Contact program director Joe Leaver at 781 341 2016ext 283 or email@example.com.
HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY: to Matt Woodard, a volunteer with Stoughton Youth Sports; Suzanne Blacker, co-Director of the Ilse Marks Food Pantry in Stoughton; and Robert Germain, an environmental activist, and guardian of Ames Pond. They all celebrated yesterday (Sunday).
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Diane Kimball, a 1983 graduate of Stoughton High, who has worked for the Town of Stoughton since 2007. She celebrates today.
BIRTHDAY TUESDAY: To Stoughton's Bob Zeserson, financial controller at Shannon Motors, and a former board member of the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce. Zeserson chaired the Stoughton Christmas Parade years
ago, as well. This year's parade is Dec. 7 and is being chaired by
David "Spanky" Sousa, and hosted again by this columnist.