On January 22nd, CAMERA Fellow Naor Amir brought Izzy Ezagui to the Chabad at the University of Florida to speak about his experience serving in the Israel Defense Forces. The goal of this event was to increase student involvement with Israel on campus by providing an inspiring story of self-dedication to Israel. This goal was met; overall, the attendees were quite moved by Izzy’s service and sacrifice, and many audience members asked how they could get further involved with the Israel group on campus! This event was publicized through tabling, announcements, and social media outlets such as Facebook.
Izzy was asked a variety of questions, varying from ones about his experiences living with injuries to his opinion of women in combat. The most effective aspect of the event was Izzy’s ability to connect with the students on a personal level. The contact information of the event participants was taken down, and they were added to the Israel group’s Facebook page, where they can keep up-to-date with Israel-related activities on campus!