Former head of IDF to speak at Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation AGM, June 6

Gabi Ashkenazi, then the outgoing chief of general staff of the Israel Defense Forces, speaks at the Herzliya Conference, February 7, 2011.  (Yotam From)

Gabi Ashkenazi, then the outgoing chief of general staff of the Israel Defense Forces, speaks at the Herzliya Conference, February 7, 2011. (Yotam From)

Gabi Ashkenazi, chief of general staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from 2007 to 2011, will be the guest speaker at the annual general meeting of the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation.

The Foundation AGM will be held Wednesday, June 6, 7 pm, at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre.

Ashkenazi, whose illustrious military career spanned nearly 40 years – including service as director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Defense – is now chair of the Rashi Foundation. Established in 1984, Rashi is the oldest private foundation in the State of Israel, directing its resources to Israel’s underprivileged, focusing on the young generation and populations with special needs.

Ashkenazi, whose father was a Holocaust survivor and whose mother immigrated to Israel from Syria, was born and raised in Moshav Hagor in central Israel. During his impressive army career, he also found time for academic studies. He earned a BA in political science from the University of Haifa and is a graduate of the Harvard Business Management Program for senior executives.

In 2011, Gabi joined the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. as a distinguished military fellow. In his post-military career, he also served served as chairman of the board of directors of Shemen Oil and Gas Refineries from 2011 until 2013.

For more information on the Foundation AGM, or to RSVP (by May 31), contact Sara Miller at smiller@jewishottawa.com or 613-798-4696, ext. 252.

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