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We are honored to announce that Steve Gar Israeli Counter-terrorism expert will be joining AISH as we participate in the nationwide #ShowUpForShabbat campaign. Community-Wide Shabbat Solidarity Service In Honor of the Victims from the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
This Shabbat, AISH, congregations across Jewish Detroit—and throughout the nation—will host a special Shabbat service in honor of the victims of the Tree of Life massacre in Pittsburgh. Together, we will remember the 11 Jews, killed at a community synagogue one week earlier.
Help us honor their memory by filling our congregation during Shabbat as a proud and unified community.
There is no cost, nor do you need to be a member to attend.
Steve will be speaking at services Friday night and Shabbat day (babysitting available)
6:00 PM Steve Gar talk
6:00PM Be A Mensch Kids Program for ages 3-9
7:00 PM Kabbalat Shabbat followed by Kiddush
10:30 AM Steve Gar talk followed by M’shebairach
10:30AM Be A Mensch Kids Program for ages 3-9
12:00PM Community Kiddush
About Steve Gar
Steve Gar was born in Johannesburg, South Africa to a traditional Jewish family. He began his tertiary education by studying a Bcom, majoring in Accountancy and Industrial Psychology, while interning at an accounting firm. During this time, he joined a communal counter-terrorism reaction unit and was part of the protective detail for the Chief Rabbi of SA. Steve then became the head co-coordinator for the Department of Informal Jewish Education (DIJE).
At the age of 22, Steve made Aliyah, joining the religious Hesder program, combining Yeshiva learning with military service. He studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and served in the Golani infantry unit, Battalion 13 – specializing in the Negev (sub-machine gun) and received an award for ‘soldier of excellence’. In 2002, he married Natalie Pakes in Jerusalem, and the couple moved to Sydney Australia for 5 years where he worked as the Shaliach for Bnei Akiva while Natalie completed her PhD,in Clinical Psychology. Upon returning to Israel, Steve assisted in starting a Yeshiva High school for English speaking Olim (Yerushalayim Torah Academy – YTA). Soon afterwards, he was invited by the cheif Rabbi of Efrat, HaRav Riskin, to join the Kollel at the Joseph & Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary and began studying for the Rabbinate. At the same time, he completed his training as a combat Instructor, specializing in counter-terrorism, and is now responsible for training military units through the Central command of the Gush Etzion. He currently serves as a soldier on a counter-terrorist unit while completing his Rabbinical studies. In addition, Steve is one of the directors of a special needs program, Yeshivat Darkaynu. Steve and Natalie live in Elazar, Gush Etzion with their 5 children.