World in upheaval: Ukraine and the impact on Israel. Israeli guest speaker.

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World in upheaval: Ukraine and the impact on Israel. Israeli guest speaker.

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Oak Ridge Country Club 700 Oak Ridge Road Hopkins, MN 55305

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From: Ilan Sharon, Executive Director, and Gary Rappaport, President

What: World in upheaval: Ukraine and the impact on Israel. With Israeli special guest speaker, Major (Res.) Elliot Chodff.

When: Tuesday, March 29, 2022 @ 7:00 pm. (doors open at 6:30 p.m., dessert, beverages, and cash bar.)

Where: Oak Ridge Country Club in Hopkins, MN.

To accommodate various seating preferences due to Covid-19, we are setting up three sections:

  • M&V Section: section ONLY for people that wear masks and are vaccinated.
  • M Section: section is for people who wear masks (vaccinated or not vaccinated).
  • NR section: No requirements section is for people that either wear masks or not and are either vaccinated or not vaccinated.

Dear friend,

We hope you are well and ready to hear from one of our all-time favorite speakers, Elliot Chodoff.



When Steve Lieberman and Gary Rappaport visited Israel with the World President Organization (a group of Minnesota businessmen) in February of 2013, Ilan Sharon arranged for speakers to present to the group. The first speaker we heard from was Israeli Major (Res.) Elliot Chodoff. He was one of the favorites from the entire nine-day visit. Chodoff is an Israeli with an American accent (born and raised in the US).

Glen Taylor, the owner of Taylor Corporation, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Minnesota Lynx, and the Star Tribune, said: “I attended a presentation by Elliot Chodoff about the Middle East. His political and military analysis was one of the best I have heard. In addition to the very informative presentation, he was also entertaining and articulate. He made a very complex situation in this troubled region easy to understand. If you happen to be where he is scheduled to speak, don’t miss the opportunity to hear him!” – Glen Taylor. 

In February 2014, Ruth Usem was at a small group meeting with Elliot, and she said: “In the many years that I have been involved in supporting Israel, I’ve listened to many speakers, one of my all-time favorites was Israeli Major (Res.) Elliot Chodoff. He is a “best-kept secret” -- More people need to hear his message.” – Ruth Usem.

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Invitation: Join us on Tuesday evening, March 29, 2022, at Oak Ridge Club. The program will have two parts.

What: Israeli Major (Res.) Elliot Chodoff is touring the U.S. at a critical time in history. We have the privilege to host him in Minnesota on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, to speak about World in upheaval: Ukraine and the impact on Israel. You can read more about the speaker at the bottom of this message.

When: Tuesday evening, March 29, 2022 – two parts

  • Part one (free), at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) speech and Q&A. General seating. If you RSVP, we reserve a seat for you, and you help us estimate how much desert and beverages to have.
  • [SOLD OUT, disregard] Part two, at 8:45 p.m. For cosponsor* of the event or major donors** of MAT. In addition to reserved seatings in part one, you are invited to an insiders briefing and small group reception (snacks and drinks) with Elliot Chodoff. No video or audio recordings are allowed. The reception is off-site hosted by a community member. Upon registering as a cosponsor, you will receive the address of the off-site reception. The reception Covid-19 guidelines are that guests do as they wish as we can't accommodate different sections. We are seeking six cosponsors on a first-come basis to help us cover the cost of the event.

Where: Oak Ridge Country Club, 700 Oak Ridge Road Hopkins, MN 55305. The second part is off-site reception hosted by a community member, 10 minutes from Oak Ridge.


Part one: Free.

[SOLD OUT, disregard] Part two: Free to major donors** and event cosponsors* ($250 per couple to cosponsor).

*Cosponsorship opportunity (both for individuals and organizations) is available to help us cover the cost of the event. To cosponsor, please use the cosponsorship option at registration (limited to six cosponsors).

**Major donors are people who donated to M.A.T. $1,000 (or more) annually either in 2021 or 2022.

We hope you can join us!


The Minnesotans Against Terrorism team

  • Gary Rappaport, President
  • Ilan Sharon, Executive Director
  • Co-founders and board members: Marc Grossfield and Mark Rotenberg
  • Board members: Mike Hofkin and JoAnn Magnuson.

More about the speaker:

Elliot Chodoff is a political and military-strategic analyst specializing in the Middle East conflict and the global war on terrorists. He is the founder and Director of Strategy and Tactics of Israel Strategic Solutions, a think tank and military training project.

He has presented and published numerous papers. His paper on Combat Motivation and Effectiveness in Infantry Units has been on the recommended reading list at the US Army War College. His articles have appeared in the Washington Times, National Post of Canada, The National Interest, National Review, FrontPage Magazine, and numerous web journals.

Elliot is a major in the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) reserves and is a graduate of the Home Front Command Senior Commanders Course. He presently serves as the Population Officer in the Operations Branch of IDF Northern Command.

He is an expert in infantry weapons and tactics and has taught courses in field-craft and small unit tactics to infantry, paratroop, and special operations officers. Elliot received the IDF Home Front Command Outstanding Officer Award in 2006.

Elliot is a graduate of the Ramaz School in New York. He received a BA with honors in Sociology and a BS in Biological Sciences from SUNY at Stony Brook and an MA in Sociology from The University of Chicago.

He is writing a PhD dissertation in International Relations at Bar Ilan University on deterrence of terrorist organizations. He is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Haifa, and he was the Bornblum/Lemsky Visiting Scholar at the University of Memphis for the spring semesters 2007, 2008, and 2009.

An educator for over 35 years, Elliot has lectured to a wide range of audiences and programs in Israel and abroad. He teaches and lectures on the topics of the Middle East Conflict; Terrorism and Responses; Military Thought and Strategy; The Military Aspects of International Conflict; Arab-Israeli Relations; the Sociology of Modern Israel and the History of Zionism.

Elliot moved to Israel in 1983 and is a founding member of Eshchar, a community village in the Galilee, where he and his wife, Shoshannah, reside. A licensed tour guide, he also leads educational tours throughout Israel.

We must add that he is one of our favorite speakers. He is an Israeli with an American accent and New York humor. His insight and knowledge are valuable and educational for people that are either novices or experts on the topic.

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