Every year I am blessed with the opportunity to visit the Land of Israel during the High Holidays. To be able to visit the Holy Land, a country where our Forefathers (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) stood, where King David and King Solomon ruled and built the Temple and a place that we (as a Jewish people) have claimed as our Birthright for over 3,000 years is something that words can not describe.
This past January, I had some time off between companies and decided what better way to spend my extended break than to be in Israel. As someone who has been to Israel over 50 times, I thought I knew every corner, nook and cranny that the Country has to offer. When I think of my past trips, I have covered every location spanning from the northern tip of the Chermon (between Lebanon and Syria) to the waterfalls of the Golan, the beaches of Herzilia, the Holy Sites of Jerusalem, the deserts of Beer Sheeba and the southern tip of Eilat.
Little did I know that right on the outskirts of Efrat, there is a hidden gem called Caliber 3 Self Defense Training School. Caliber 3 was originally established in 2003 by the IDF Col. Sharon Gat (Res.) and has since become the leading Counter Terror Academy in Israel. Today Caliber 3, run by dedicated military members of the IDF, provides top security solutions, high threat protection, intelligence operations and tactical training to military, law enforcement, government agencies and commercial clients around the globe. In addition, they have a Summer Program that trains our youth and leaders of tomorrow.
From the very beginning of your experience at Caliber 3, the dedicated staff go through every method, strategic maneuver and self defense strategy that are essential to one’s survival should they ever be in a terrorist or battle scenario, Heaven Forbid. The Instructors are able to recreate first hand scenarios and execute (with perfection) both the immediate responses and the most effective defensive tactics (by either hand, knife or gun) should one ever have to make a split minute decision and in the most intense of circumstances. They end the class by providing each participant (people from all over the world) with a certificate of completion that consists of a picture of Hagai Lev, an Israeli soldier that was killed in action a week after his visit to Auschwitz.
In a country the size of New Jersey, in which we are surrounded by enemies on all sides (Hezbollah and ISIS in the north, Hamas in every corner just to say a few) I can not stress enough the importance of taking your family to this essential and effective program the next time you are in Israel. These words come from the heart and are in blessed memory of Bertin Tita, my Grandmother that was killed ‘Al Kiddush Hashem’ in a bus bombing by a Palestinian Terrorist 13 years ago. May Hashem bless Her memory and all of the other Jewish Martyrs who were killed before their time and because of their Religion. With Hashem’s help, may we only know of good news both now and for years to come.
By: Joseph Scutts
Joseph Scutts is a Vice President and Financial Advisor that works on the West Side and North Manhattan