When I received this assignment to choose some one who to me represents the face of Israel a few ideas crossed my mind. When you say to some one "the face of Israel" you right away start naming different great leaders. Most of the leaders that I thought of weren’t suitable in one way or another. Whether it was for corruption or they didn't share the same political or religious views as mine. Then I focused my thoughts to some one closer to home and more real then any one of these politicians. The name Arky Foyer was the first name that came to mind. Arky Foyer is a neighbor of mine and is one of my father's closest friends. When I picture a true Israeli Arky Foyer is the way I would picture one. So in this following project I would like to tell you about his life.


Arky foyer is my neighbor and a really close friend of my family.
After an interview with Arky and some background research of his life I was able to put together the following profile.

Arky Foyer was born in 19 in Jerusalem
Israel. Arky was born to a family of 8. He grew up in Israel in Jerusalem until he got married in 1981 then he moved to Efrat. Arky’s father was born in Galicia Poland and his mother in Hungary. His parents made Aliya by boat with Aliyat H'noar from Europe. His parents met each other on the boat and waited till they got to Israel to get married.

Arky says "growing up in Israel was great". His family like most other Israeli families in those times was relatively poor. For example he tells that for a certain amount of time when he was younger each family uses to get food stamps at the supermarket to get basic necessities. Just to save up extra spending money Arky and his friends would walk to school every day even though it was quite a hike. They used to save up the money so that on Thursday nights they could go to the movie theater.

"Money wasn't everything then: we were happy even without a lot of it" Arky says. He says that the people of Israel back then were very different from the people in Israel today. Today, the people of Israel are more capitalistic, they care less about others and their surroundings, and more for themselves. He says that everything revolves around money. For example, a person would choose to learn for money making jobs, rather than a job they would actually enjoy in a subject that actually interests them.

Arky says that another difference between the Israeli people today and the Israeli people when he was growing is that people back then were more interested in making the community a better place. People used to be more modest. Cars were a luxury and people relied on buses.

Arky studied in Yeshivat Bnei Akiva in Netanya. High schools were less pressurized back then and students had close relationships with their teachers. The teachers engaged in basketball games in recess with the students, and their priorities were to help their students socially. The students back then had more respect towards their teachers and superiors. Arky say’s “we weren’t bad kids but we certainly enjoyed joking around”.

One purim they hid a teachers car on a roof just for an innocent laugh. Kids back then were a lot more independent. Arky only used to come home once every two weeks for a weekend. Due to the fact that it was uncommon to have phones they would only speak with their parents when they saw them.

In order to have spending money, kids would do odd jobs when they had spare time. Arky worked on Thursdays at the bakery so could earn spending money for candy and such. There was less violence and theft and the kids had better values and morals.

Arky lived through many wars which happened in Israel proper and not on its borders. Arky has a memory from one of the wars. He and his brother climbed up to the roof and sat and watched the rockets fall upon Jerusalem. “we viewed it as our own personal fire works”. Although they knew it was strictly forbidden and highly dangerous they did it anyways. One of the rockets actually landed in their yard but they were ,thank G-d, fine.

There weren’t suicide bombers like we have today there was something else called “Fedelunim”. This was Arabs sneaking into settlements and murdering Israeli citizens in their own homes. There weren’t so many terror attacks but many Ketushas landed mostly in Kiryat Shmona. The Jordanian border was popular for terrorists to infiltrate Israel. Many terror attacks occurred on the Jordanian border. Relatively speaking it was safer back then.

When Arky turned eighteen he served in the Israeli Army “Zahal” (IDF). He was in regiment commander of a regiment called Makim of the Nachal unit. He fought in the first Lebanon war. He was injured on three different occasions. One incident an RPG exploded next to him and shrapnel went into his calf. The Doctors didn’t remove the shrapnel and it is still in his calf today. Another incident he got a very deep cut in his hand but after two days they called him back to duty being they really needed the manpower. The third incident a smoke grenade exploded next to him and he was taken to Rambam hospital.

Arky would always tell his soldiers to be good soldiers but to be scared its the key to survival. He would tell them to be brave yet scared. His Gedud was the only one in the war where they didn’t lose even one soldier.

Arky’s wife, Moriah, grew up on Kibbutz Ein Zurim until they got married in 1981. At that point they moved to Efrat. They went on Shlichut from 1984-1986 to Durban, South Africa.
On Shlichut they gave a lot of lectures to keep the Jewish life vibrant, and they encouraged Aliya. They ran summer camps to instill Zionism into the children as well. Often people came to them for Shabbat meals and got a taste of a Shabbat meal with singing and traditional Jewish food. Arky wouldn’t have minded staying longer being they made many close friends but they missed their families and Israel dearly. Arky Foyer resides in Efrat with his wife and three children. He is in charge of security in Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem.

Arky says that Israel represents the resurrection of the Israeli Jewish nation. Arky says, “to me all the Jewish sites, graves and ruins represent my Israel”. “All this gives me strength to know that this is my country. This is where my people belong and the people make Israel what it is”.

Background Research

Sha’arei Zedek hospital
Sha’arei Zedek is a research hospital in Bayit Vagan, Jerusalem. The hospital has over 500 beds and treats over 250,000 patients every year. What makes Sha’arei Zedek unique is that it acts within the Jewish law which is what attracts many of its patients. Sha’arei Zedek is located across from mount Herzel. Its campus is built on eleven and a half acres. Another special thing about the hospital is that there are three under ground basement floors for war times or under threat of missile attack, which allows the hospital to be able to function at all times. Sha’arei Zedek is known for responding to chemical warfare attacks and terrorist attacks. Sha’arei Zedek is very involved in renovating and improving their hospital. They are building a “Wohl Surgical Operating Complex”. This facility includes twelve ultra modern operating rooms with the highest rated medicine and technology. A cool thing about these rooms is that when needed each room can turn into a an operating room for any purpose and department even though each room is built with it’s own specialty. They are bringing in high tech robotic technology which places Sha’arei Zedek as one of the leading hospitals. Another of many it’s renovations is the “Wilf Womens And Infant Center” done in 1999. It was designed to allow 750 births monthly though today it has reached 1000 births and even in august 2005 it reached 1060. They are now in the middle of building a new children’s department which is supposed to be a beautiful and child friendly center. Being a research hospital Sha’arei Zedek has been involved in many medical brake throughs and studies. It has recently joined forces with Ben Gurion University of the Negev for research purposes. Sha’arei Zedek is a very important facility for Jerusalem. Every year millions of dollars are invested back into the hospital in order to provide the best care for it’s patients. The security provided by the hospital allows it to function in
any condition. It is reassuring to know that such a place exists for the religious communities and for everyone else as well.
To learn more go to the Sharai tzetek website-

Or check out the wikipedia-

Literary connection

יוצא אל האור\ אהוד בנאי

Israel to me represents the land.
So I chose a song that is all about hiking the land of Israel. This song is about traveling Israel and walking towards a new start, a new beginning-

"יוצא אל האור אל חיים חדשים "
And the English translation"
Comes out to the light, to a new life".

In the song you can see the way the writer used the verbs to help the reader understand the massage he is trying to pass. He is telling us the travelers journey Intill he gets to his destination; climbs- continues – cuts – comes Etc.
The thing I find that is really beautiful about this song is that the writer is saying that through the journey we are not alone we always have someone watching over us
-"מלאכי ציפורים מעליך מלווים את צעדיך "
And the English translation"
A flock of birds above you, Accompany your steps".

The song is writen by Ehud Banai is a famous well known Israeli singer and this is one of his most played songs.
I think that the uniqueness of land is what makes Israel what it is. You can go through the land and see how special it is. It has everything from mountains, desert and craters.

I love the fact that you can drive four hours up north and see the Snow Mountains and you can drive four hours down south and have warm weather, it’s pretty amazing. Everything in Israel is just a bus ride away. School trips mean seeing the actual places our fore fathers have actually been. I love being able to say that this land belongs to me and has for the past almost six thousand years.

יוצא אל האור
ביצוע:אהוד בנאי
מילים ולחן:אהוד בנאי

השביל הזה מתחיל כאן
בין סניף בנק למעין
לא סלול, לא תמיד מסומן
השביל הזה מתחיל כאן.

חוצה את העיר
עולה על ההר
ממשיך על הים
ממשיך גם מחר
חותך באוויר, בין הבתים
יוצא אל האור, אל חיים חדשים.

לך עליו, עלה עליו עכשיו
לך עליו, עלה עליו עכשיו
מלאכי ציפורים מעליך
מלווים את צעדיך
מרחוק נדלק אור
אל תסטה כדי שתוכל לחזור.

השיר הזה מתחיל כאן
כחול על הדף הלבן
לא גמור, לא תמיד מכוון
השיר הזה מתחיל כאן.

חוצה את העיר
עולה על ההר
ממשיך על הים
ממשיך גם מחר
חותך באויר, בין אנשים
יוצא אל האור, אל חיים חדשים.


“This path begins here
Between a bank branch and a stream
Not paved, not always marked
This path begins here

It crosses the city
Climbs up on a hill
Continues to the sea
It continues also tomorrow
Cuts through the air, between the buildings
Comes out to the light, to a new life

Go on it, go on it now
A flock of birds above you
Accompany your steps
From afar is lit a light
Don't stray, so that you can return

This song begins here
Blue on a page of white
Not completed, not always directed
This song begins her

It crosses the city
Climbs up on a hill
Continues to the sea
It continues also tomorrow
Cuts through the air, between the buildings
Comes out to the light [gets published / sees light], to a new life


When I was assigned to do the project I was really confused and didn’t understand what exactly the teacher wanted from me. I thought we were going to do a research project about someone famous or something important that was invented or done.
For example some president or a big company like Microsoft or just some really smart invention like the airplanes.

After reading a few profiles from articles and such in class I was sort of starting to get an idea of what I was suppose to do. When I finally made the decision of whom I would do the project about and I started working on the project I came to learn more and more about the person I have chose. When I have begun I really didn’t think that someone that is close to me would really make an interesting project. As I continued I really got to know about the person, and I came to learn that the people that I'm closest to have a really interesting lives and you don’t look so far and do it about some one famous to find a person that truly represents Israel. I liked that in.

While doing the project I surely improved my spelling and expanded my vocabulary. We included a background article so I learnt not just about my subject but also about other more general subjects.


Ben-Arieh, Alex, The Historama, 27\01\08. **http://www.historama.com/online-resources/israeli-music/israeli_mp3_music_online.html#Ehud**

"Development Projects", Shaare Zedek, 10\01\08, **http://www.szmc.org.il/Eng/Index.asp?CategoryID=228&ArticleID=443**

Foyer, Arky, Head of security in Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem, Personal interview, Efrat Israel 06\01\08

"Research Report", Shaare Zedek, 10\01\08,