On Tuesday, May 7, Yeshiva University’s campus witnessed an outpouring of solidarity and support as over 150 students gathered to hear the harrowing tales of two Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers who bravely served their country. Organized by Agam Halperin, a dedicated member of the Israeli Club at the university, the event aimed to shed light on the indomitable spirit of those who have sacrificed for the sake of peace and security.

The event, which coincided with the seven-month mark since the onset of conflict, served as a poignant reminder of the profound impact of war on individuals and communities alike. As attendees settled into their seats, anticipation filled the room, eager to hear firsthand accounts from those who have experienced the realities of combat.

The evening began with a stirring video presentation recounting the journey of Roi Arazi, whose life was forever changed on October 7, when duty called him back into service as a reservist. His story set the stage for an evening of courage, resilience, and determination.

Introducing the first speaker, IDF Sergeant Major Dvir Fisher, the audience listened intently as he shared his experiences serving in the Falahan Paratroopers 551 Commando Brigade. Sergeant Major Fisher’s account of sacrifice and brotherhood left a lasting impression, reminding everyone of the sacrifices made in the pursuit of peace.

Following Sergeant Major Fisher, classified IDF Commander from special forces unit ‘Yoni A.’ took the stage, captivating the audience with his firsthand narrative of courage under fire. His tale of bravery and perseverance served as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

Member Agam Halperin and the Israeli Club present as part of the 150 Yeshiva University students gathered to hear the harrowing tales of two IDF soldiers


As the evening concluded with a heartfelt Q&A session, students were moved by the stories they had heard and pledged their support to the cause. Inspired by the bravery of Sergeant Major Fisher and Commander Yoni A., many committed to joining the Beit HaLochem USA/FIDV organization to continue supporting the rehabilitation efforts of IDF wounded soldiers.

Tzvia Wexler, the National Development Director of Beit HaLochem USA/FIDV, expressed her gratitude to everyone who attended, emphasizing the importance of solidarity and support for those who have sacrificed for the greater good.

The event at Yeshiva University served as a powerful reminder of the human cost of conflict and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity. As the community came together to honor the bravery of IDF soldiers, it was clear that their sacrifices would never be forgotten.