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A Passion for Israel – Mark Werner


Debbie Golden




  • Date:
  • October 14, 2020

  • Time:
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Wednesday
  • Discounted Member: $5.00 | Fee: $5.00


Sep 2, 2020 - Oct 14, 2020

What would motivate a successful corporate lawyer to trade in his comfortable life in America for three weeks every year to volunteer for manual labor on Israeli military bases? Mark Werner, son of a Holocaust survivor, is an ardent Zionist seeking a personal way to show support for Israel. Sar-el is an organization that enables thousands of volunteers from all over the world to work in a civilian capacity on Israeli military bases, freeing up IDF soldiers for more serious duties. This book is based on journals the author kept during 14 Sar-el stints from 2006 to 2019. Werner describes working through a desert sandstorm, dealing with a scorpion in his bunk, taking refuge in a bomb shelter during a Palestinian missile attack, and more . Through simple activities from packing kitbags and medical supplies for the soldiers to filling sandbags and assembling tank antennas the volunteers work hard to make their contributions to the defense of Israel. The camaraderie that develops between volunteers and soldiers as they work side by side is their greatest reward. The story of an enriching volunteer experience like no other, A Passion for Israel provides a roadmap for others to show their support for the unique Jewish state.


The Book Festival is supported by the Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ, the Jewish Book Council, the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, and the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties.