WEST HARTFORD — Laibel Mangel, a combat veteran in the Israeli Defense Forces is coming to West Hartford on Friday, Jan 12.

He will share his powerful story of challenges and successes at an elegant Shabbat dinner at the Chabad House.

At the age of 19, Leibel Mangel left his home and family in Cincinnati, Ohio to enlist in the Israel Defense Forces as a lone soldier.

As the son of a Rabbi and the grandson of one of the youngest survivors of Auschwitz — serving in the IDF was not a matter of if, but rather when.

Leibel served as a machine gunner in the Kfir Brigade, where he took part in numerous high profile anti-terror operations including the tragic discovery of the bodies of three teenage boys who were kidnapped from Gush Etzion in 2014.

Leibel has used his story and experiences to continue his service by fighting for Israel in both mainstream and social media and in cities throughout the country.

Leibel is also the recipient of a 2017 Jewish People's Choice Award.

The dinner will take place on Jan. 12 at 5:45 p.m. at the Chabad House, 2352 Albany Ave. in West Hartford.

There will be a simultaneous children’s program.

The fee is $20 for adults, $12 for children and $65 maximum for a family, or $180 to be a sponsor.