This week, the Warrior Word sat down with one of Hebrew Academy’s dedicated security guards, Israel Basara. Get to know Israel as he tells us about his hobbies, his favorite Jewish holiday, and why he decided to become a security guard.
Kayla Herssein: Where were you born and raised?
Israel Basara: I was born in Serbia, and I was there until 31, I believe.
KH: What is the most difficult part of your job?
IB: All of my job is difficult because every second you have to be aware of a surprising situation. You are dealing with security. I am responsible for a lot of people behind me.
KH: What is the best part of your job?
IB: The best part is an appreciation of the people that I am doing the job for.
KH: What made you decide to become a security guard?
IB: The security work that I’m doing, I’m doing for over 10 years. Specifically, what I’m doing now in Hebrew Academy is because I want my people to be safe.
KH: Do you have any hobbies?
IB: Unfortunately, I don’t have too much time for hobbies in this job, but I would say gym is one of my hobbies.
KH: What is your favorite Jewish holiday?
IB: I’ll go with Pesach.
KH: Why is it your favorite holiday?
IB: Because everyone is gathering around, all of the family, and we have a reminder of why we are all there. You know, it’s one of the most important holidays.
KH: What is your favorite food?
IB: Wow, this is a very hard question. It depends on what area you’re coming from. Let’s say…what’s the name of that Tunisian… Fricassee? Let’s say Fricassee. It’s a dough, like a bagel, and then inside you put tuna, eggs, or Israeli salad. It’s very tasty.
KH: Thank you for your time!
By Kayla Herssein (9th grade)