a physician’s account of the Yom Kippur war



Join us this Shabbat morning October 11 at Temple Emanu-El for a presentation by Dr. Itzhak Brook on his experiences as a medic during Israel’s 6-day war in 1967. This is a wonderfully unique fascinating opportunity. RSVPs to the office not necessary but appreciated. Bagels in the Sukkah will be served, and Itzhak’s presentation will follow Shabbat services, beginning at 10 am.

The presentation includes a description of the historical background of the Yom Kippur War and its effects on the Israeli society, as well as my own personal experiences and challenges as a battalion physician in the Sinai. I plan to speak on the physical and psychological traumas my soldiers had to cope with, the effect of religion on them, the cost of war in human life and suffering, and the daily struggle for survival in the difficult war which threatened Israel’s existence.

About the speaker: Itzhak Brook, M.D., M.Sc., is a Professor of Pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington DC. He was born and raised in Haifa, Israel and graduated from the Hareali Haivri High School, earning his medical degree from Hebrew University, Hadassah School of Medicine, in Jerusalem. Dr. Brook completed a residency in pediatrics at Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot, Israel.
He served in the Israeli army as a medic in the Six Day War in 1967 and as a battalion physician during the Yom Kippur war in 1973. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in adult and pediatric infectious diseases at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine. He served in the medical corps of the US Navy for 27 years.
Dr. Brook has authored several hundred publications in scientific journals and ten textbooks. He authored the books:” In the Sands of Sinai- A physician’s Account of the Yom Kippur War” and “My voice – a physician’s personal experience with throat cancer.”
Dr. Brook is a speaker for the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC on the Yom Kippur War.

There is more information about the talk and Itzhak’s background on the Israeli Embassy website at http://www.israelemb.org/washington/Speakers-Guide/Society-and-Politics/Pages/Itzhak-Brook.aspx

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David Vaisberg, originally from Montreal and Mississauga, Canada, serves as Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El of Edison, NJ and lives in Metuchen, NJ with his family.

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