Chabad of Northwest Connecticut will host Sassy Reuven, a veteran of the Israel Defense Special Operation Forces, May 22 at 7 p.m. in Washington.

Reuven will share his personal experience, step-by-step from the moment he was called to duty, including the preparation for the mission, landing in Uganda and completing the Entebbe mission behind enemy lines, at the Washington Club at 92 Green Hill Road.

During the terror-filled years of 1973-76, Reuven served in the IDF's elite "Red Beret" paratrooper unit, and participated in several covert operations in Israel's mighty struggle against Arab terrorism.

In July of 1976, he participated in the famed Entebbe counter-terrorist hostage-rescue mission code named "Operation Thunderbolt," flying thousands of miles over enemy territory to rescue Jewish hostages being held by terrorists in Uganda.

A week earlier, on 27 June, an Air France plane was hijacked, by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the German Revolutionary Cells, and flown to Entebbe, the main airport of Uganda.

More than 100 Israeli and Jewish passengers remained as hostages and were threatened with death.

Israeli transport planes carried 100 commandos over 2,500 miles to Uganda for the rescue operation which took place at night.

The operation lasted 90 minutes.

One hundred and two hostages were rescued. Five Israeli commandos were wounded and one, the unit commander, Lt. Col. Yonatan Netanyahu, was killed.

All the hijackers, three hostages and 45 Ugandan soldiers were killed.

Admission is $10 in advance and $13 at the door.

For more information or to RSVP, visit, or call 860-567-3609.