Call to Six-Day War soldiers and volunteers
Soldiers and volunteers who served during the Six-Day War are encouraged to attend the commemoration of the war’s 50th anniversary at the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies plenum next week.
Former Israel Defence Force Sergeant Harry Schnapp will share the experiences of his service during the Six-Day War in a Q&A session conducted by Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff. This will be followed by a political commentary by Dr Ron Weiser AM, who will speak about the aftermath of the war and the political ramifications which can still be felt today.
Sergeant Harry Schnapp was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1948 and made Aliyah in 1961. He commenced IDF service in August 1966; a year later he served during the Six-Day War. On the community front, Harry has been a member of Mount Sinai College Board of management, and served on the Coogee Synagogue Board of management for over 20 years, the last five of which he served as President until July 2006. Following his IDF service, Harry studied biomedical engineering at the Milan Polytechnic in 1971 and holds an engineering degree from the University of New South Wales. During his professional career Harry joined the NSW energy industry in various capacities.
Dr Ron Weiser AM is the Honorary Life President of the Zionist Council of NSW, Past President of the Zionist Federation of Australia. He was awarded his Member of the Order of Australia by the Governor General of Australia for “service to the community through leadership roles with the Zionist Federation of Australia, to the promotion and development of Australia-Israel relations, and to youth”. He has been the recipient of multiple awards for his service to the Jewish community and Israel and is widely recognised for initiating and implementing the Birthright/Taglit and MASA Israel programmes in Australia.
The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies plenum will be held on Tuesday 20 June at 7:30pm in Darlinghurst. Inquiries: 9360 1600.