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Soldier for Israel’s ‘big family’

MARILYN HAWKES Staff Writer | Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:00 am

During a Shabbat service a few weeks ago at Temple Solel, I had the honor of hearing Israeli Defense Forces Capt. Ron Starinsky speak about his love of and service to Israel. At the close of the Shabbat service, the congregation sang “Hatikvah” and watched while Starinsky, in uniform, saluted the Israeli flag. It was a poignant moment that reminded us how important the IDF is to Israel and to all Jews. 

Starinsky was in the Valley after spending eight months at Fort Sill, Okla., as part of a joint training program between the IDF and the United States Army and Marine Corps. “The IDF sends one (person) from each corps, each year to broaden our horizons, get new ideas, to learn and see what’s different,” Starinsky says.

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