Izzy Ezagui, a decorated squad commander in the Israel Defense Forces, is the only soldier in the world who lost an arm in combat and returned to the battlefield.

Understanding how adversity in life could seem impossible to overcome, he wrote a book, called Disarmed: Unconventional Lessons from the World's Only One-Armed Special Forces Sharpshooter. His message was simple: if a one-armed IDF soldier could accomplish what he set out to do, then anyone could tackle life’s daily battles and challenges.

Since the book’s release in March 2018, Disarmed has been praised by the Jewish community and military service members around the world for its story of human resilience, military sacrifice, and witty writing.

Ezagui will be the featured speaker at the 2019 Annual Campaign Kickoff on Thursday, September 6 at 6 p.m. at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus. After his speech, he will sign copies of his book and appear at the Young Adult Division after party.

For more information, contact Arts + Ideas Manager Callah Terkeltaub at cterkeltaub@ujft.org or 757-321-2331.

Learn more about Izzy

In a piece for The Times of Israel, Izzy talks about why he can’t wait to do reserve duty.

In a piece for The Times of Israel, Izzy explains why he wrote his memoir, Disarmed.

Read the Jewish News article, Surprising, inspiring, or just plain crazy? Decide for yourself, to learn more about Izzy.
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