This Rabbi Understands the Importance of Self-Defense

posted on December 28, 2023

More in the Jewish community are embracing their Second Amendment rights. As you’ll see in this important video, Rabbi Yossi Eilfort is at the forefront of this rush to freedom.

Eilfort is an NRA-licensed instructor and founder of Magen Am USA, the only Jewish nonprofit organization licensed on the West Coast to provide armed-security services.

“Magen Am’s mission is to train and empower the community to deter and respond to security threats. We’re trying to give everybody the tool to be empowered to protect themselves,” said Eilfort in this NRA video.

Magen Am operates in Los Angeles, as well as in Phoenix, Ariz., and provides extensive training on gun safety, hand-to-hand self-defense, de-escalation strategies and much more.

“I like to say we’re like a shield,” says Eilfort, who is also a former mixed martial arts fighter. “Going through the NRA instructor program has allowed us to, you know, get the insurance, rent the ranges, do the instruction which ultimately helps us protect our communities better.”

Eilfort said that Magen Am had nearly 100 calls from the Jewish community last year for security services. That number has grown to more than 1,200 since October of this year.

“Going in, I felt kind of powerless. I felt kind of scared. At the end of the session, I feel empowered,” said one woman who had been through Eilfort’s training. “I feel stronger and I feel I can better defend myself and my family.”

NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre lauded Eilfort’s efforts and commitment to helping more people embrace and exercise their Second Amendment rights.

“Rabbi Yossi and Magen Am have always been at the forefront of empowering and protecting their community, a commitment that took on even greater urgency after the horrific October 7 massacre. They’ve trained thousands of men and women in their community, including many first-time gun owners, while also protecting everything from synagogues to schools,” said LaPierre. “As an NRA instructor, Rabbi Yossi embodies the Association’s commitment to self-defense and community safety. We are proud to count him as one of the NRA’s 125,000 dedicated instructors—the unsung heroes who help train Americans to safeguard themselves, their loved ones and their communities every day.”


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