Weintraub Israel Center event will honor firefighters who helped Israel in crisis

On Sunday, Jan. 8, the Weintraub Israel Center will hold an event to thank the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation and the Tucson area firefighters who traveled to Israel in November to help control the hundreds of fires there. The event will be held at 5 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Israeli cuisine will be served.

Five local firefighters traveled to Israel (see azjewishpost.com/2016/local-firefighters-drop-everything-to-help-israel-battle-blazes/) as part of the Emergency Volunteer project, which trains professional first responders. The partnership between the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation facilitated their quick response.

Special guests will include Sam Grundwerg, consul general of Israel to the Southwest United States, and Shmulik Friedman, chief of operations at Israel Fire and Rescue Services, who was part of an Israeli delegation that came to Tucson in October 2015.

RSVP to Oshrat Barel, director of the Weintraub Israel Center, at obarel@jfsa.org.