It started the summer between ninth and 10th grade when, instead of signing up for another season at his beloved Camp Ramah, Adam Klazmer decided to travel to Israel to work on a moshav.
“I fell madly in love with Israel,” Klazmer remembered.
In 11th grade, he returned to Israel and his affection only grew — so much so that he came home with an announcement: He would one day move to Israel and join the army. Five years later, after graduating from Babson College, that’s exactly what Klazmer did.
Klazmer proudly served as a “lone soldier” in the Israel Defense Forces from 2010-12. His service with the 50th Battalion of the Nahal Infantry Brigade took him from the West Bank to the border with the Gaza Strip.
He loved the experience and, after his return to Philadelphia, continued to think of his friends who were still serving in the Israeli military. He remembered how, as a lone soldier, day-to-day life was difficult when off base; he hadn’t always had time to wash his sheets or cook a hot meal, and with his family so far away, he’d had limited support.
Klazmer was struck by his sense of duty to his fellow lone soldiers.
“Whatever I can do to make their lives easier — to remind them that somebody appreciates them, cares about them, and respects what they’re doing — then that’s my job.”
So Klazmer got to work.
As a financial planner, he knew he could use a life insurance policy to make a profound impact on our Jewish communities. When he learned that he could direct his planned gift specifically toward supporting lone soldiers through the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, he knew he’d found the perfect fit. He wasn’t deterred by the fact that he was only 27 years old.
“Using the leverage that life insurance provides, I’m able to make an impact that is so much greater than I otherwise could,” Klazmer explained. In time, he promised, “there will be more,” and cites as his reason the famous phrase Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh Bazeh — “all of Israel are responsible for one another.”
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Jewish Philly Podcast Episode 10: Stars of ‘Matilda the Musical’
We’re wrapping up 2018, beginning with a review of how Jewish communities fared this year, followed by a conversation on the recent controversy surrounding a Temple University professor with Jewish Exponent reporter Jesse Bernstein and, finally, we’re digging into the background on why Jews flock to Chinese restaurants on Christmas.
Matilda the Musical is blowing up at the Walnut Street Theatre this holiday season, and we had a chance to interview two young Jewish women who share the starring role, Ellie Biron and Jemma Bleu Greenbaum. We sat down with the starlets to discuss how they balance school and their stage performances, why they love being Jewish and we may have even gotten them to sing one of their favorite songs from the show.
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