Yoni Ari is the founder and CEO of the Jewish Emergency Preparedness Project. His organization works with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia to organize security trainings for Philadelphia-area synagogue congregations.
But Ari lives in Israel, Beit HaLevi near the West Bank, for most of the year. On the morning of Oct. 7, he got a call from a friend. Israel was being attacked by Hamas. Ari turned on the television and realized that his own community would have to respond.
He talked about that experience with the Jewish Exponent.