A memorial service for fallen Lone Soldier Max Steinberg at the Saban Theatre on Aug. 12, painted the area native as both a normal young adult and a hero, one who loved having fun, formed easy connections with others and whose quest to find himself took him to the Jewish homeland.The event that attracted about 850 people reinforced how Steinberg — who died July 20 at the age of 24 while fighting in Israel’s war with Gaza — has become an icon for a Diaspora Jewish community that often struggles with finding ways to express its love for Israel. - Ryan Turok in Jewish Journal of L.A. (Advance through 10 segments using forward button on left and/or menu button on right)
Rabbi David Baron of Temple of the Arts, which holds its services at the Saban Theatre, served as master of ceremonies. At one point he asked all of the Lone Soldiers in the crowd — there were dozens —to stand, along with their families. As they rose, so too did the crowd, applauding loudly in thanks for what they’ve contributed to the Jewish homeland.
Baron spoke of the importance of the United States-Israel relationship.
“We commit tonight to ... do our part in the United States to make sure that our nation never wavers one iota from its complete support for Israel,” he said.
|Rabbi Naomi Levy & Nashuva Band accompany a Max Steinberg montage (Photo: Steve Sherman, Jewish Journal)|