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FIDF National Gala in NY Raises Record $33M to Support Israeli Soldiers

NEW YORK, More than 1,300 prominent business and philanthropic leaders from across the country came together on Tuesday for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) National New York Gala Dinner at the landmark Waldorf Astoria New York. The gala raised a record-breaking $33.1 million to support educational and well-being programs for the brave soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), featured a keynote address by Israel’s minister of defense and former vice prime minister, Moshe Yaalon, and honored business magnates, philanthropists and steadfast supporters of Israel, Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson.

A 37-year veteran of the IDF, Yaalon, known as “Bogie,” began his service in the Paratroopers Brigade and became a commander in Israel’s most elite special operations unit, Sayeret Matkal. Yaalon rose through the ranks, holding high-level command positions including chief of Israel’s military intelligence, head officer in charge of Israel’s Central Command, and chief of the general staff of the IDF.

In the gala’s keynote address, Yaalon said: “Even as Israel has become a global leader in so many fields, we are still embroiled in the battle for our independence. We are surrounded by several nations and entities that have yet to accept the existence of a Jewish homeland – we strive for peace while they strive for war.”

Yaalon also discussed his meeting Monday with Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter on the U.S. military aid package to Israel, and said the U.S. remains “our ally and strategic cornerstone.”

“We spoke about just how strong the ties are between our two countries and how much we value this special relationship. This unique bond between FIDF and its American supporters, the Israel Defense Forces, and the people of Israel is exemplified here tonight. Israel has no greater friend than the United States of America,” he said.

Yaalon also thanked the FIDF gala participants: “On behalf of the State of Israel, I want to thank you, our supporters, from the bottom of my heart for your endless commitment to the well-being of our soldiers.”

The 2016 FIDF National New York Gala Dinner honored Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson with the inaugural FIDF “Defenders of Israel” award for their lifelong philanthropy and support for a variety of causes in the U.S. and Israel. Israeli-born Dr. Miriam Adelson is an accomplished medical doctor and a former IDF soldier who served with distinction. Mr. Adelson is an entrepreneur and integrated-resorts developer who is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest business leaders of his generation and currently employs more than 50,000 people worldwide. They are partners in varied and global business and philanthropic activities.

“My wife, Miriam, and I are truly honored to accept this award from FIDF,” said Sheldon G. Adelson. “Advocating for Israel and caring for the brave soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces are the causes closest to our hearts. Today, more than ever, we must support our family – the people of Israel. That is why we are proud to stand here tonight in solidarity with these courageous defenders of the Jewish homeland.”

The Adelsons have joined a unique pantheon of the foremost names in Jewish philanthropy in modern Jewish history. They are the single largest funders of Birthright and Yad Vashem and have consecrated their success to the noble aim of always fighting for and protecting Israel and the Jewish people.

“This evening paid tribute to the brave men and women in uniform who protect the State of Israel and Jews worldwide. We were honored to have Israel’s minister of defense, Moshe ‘Bogie’ Yaalon, as well as Jewish philanthropic leaders Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, joining our community to welcome these soldiers,” said FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir. “Tonight was about showing them that we are all thankful for their sacrifices and that, while their job is to look after Israel, ours is to look after them.”

FIDF’s flagship national event was chaired by FIDF National President Rabbi Peter Weintraub. A Reform rabbi and businessman, he has been an avid FIDF supporter for 15 years and has sponsored academic scholarships for more than 70 IDF combat veterans through FIDF’s IMPACT! Scholarship Program.

Special guests included 30 IDF soldiers from various military units, including Sergeants Sydney and Solomon and Staff Sgt. Ariel, who are all originally from N.Y. and enlisted in the IDF as Lone Soldiers – those who serve without immediate family in Israel; a former commando from Israel’s most elite special operations unit who received an FIDF IMPACT! scholarship and studies medicine in Israel; Israel Border Police Sgt. A, a Lone Soldier from France who recently saved fellow soldiers from a stabbing attack at her checkpoint; and Lt. Col. Shai Siman Tov, who was told he would never walk again when a terror tunnel collapsed on him during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

“After I was wounded, I made a promise to myself to leave the hospital on my feet – and I kept that promise,” said Siman Tov. “Thank you all for standing with me – and my fellow soldiers.”

Among the honored guests were Israel’s ambassador to the U.N., Danny Danon, and Consul General of Israel in New York Ido Aharoni.

Distinguished guests included Fox Business Network anchor Liz Claman, who presided as the evening’s master of ceremonies; FIDF National Chairman Arthur Stark; FIDF National President Rabbi Peter Weintraub; FIDF National Chairmen Emeritus Nily Falic, Larry J. Hochberg, and Marvin Josephson; FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir; and FIDF Tri-State Executive Director Galit Brichta.

Notable among the donations was a $10 million gift pledged by Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson. Or Lachayal pledged $2.8 million and FIDF Young Leadership New York pledged $1.6 million. MASA Israel Journey, Genesis Philanthropy Group, and Nefesh B’Nefesh each pledged $1 million, as did FIDF National Chairman Emeritus Nily Falic. In addition, the Iranian American Jewish Federation pledged $610,000 and Beit Morasha pledged $500,000.

Funds raised at the gala will provide much-needed and well-deserved services such as academic scholarships to combat veterans, financial assistance for soldiers in-need, support for Lone Soldiers throughout their service and upon release, crucial aid for wounded veterans and the families of fallen soldiers, weeks of rest and recuperation for entire IDF units, as well as educational, cultural, and recreational facilities. The evening presented a rare and exclusive opportunity to pay tribute to the State of Israel and its brave men and women in uniform.
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New York Delegation attends FIDF National Gala

1,200 prominent leaders from across the U.S. and Israel gather for annual New York City event


New York, A select delegation from the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) New York Young Leadership Division attended the FIDF National NY Gala Dinner at New York’s landmark Waldorf Astoria tonight, where head of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Military Intelligence Maj. Gen. Hertzi Halevi said, in the gala’s keynote address, that Israel must be “prepared” on its northern border with Syria.

“Syria has long ceased to be the state we all knew four years ago. We call it ‘50 Shades of Black,’ though I must admit I haven’t read the ‘grey’ version. One needs to take only a glimpse at their inner executions to understand why we must be prepared in the northern border.”

The head of IDF intelligence also said that the so-called Arab Spring has turned into a wider religious war redrawing the Middle East. “The maps of our area have been changing in front of our eyes. Borders drawn more than a century ago are being recklessly erased. The upheaval in the Middle East has turned into a religious struggle among armed factions,” said Halevi.

Among the delegation members were FIDF National Young Leadership Director Dan Haskell; FIDF New York Young Leadership Chairman Jane Oster; FIDF New York Young Leadership President Lemor Bar-Or; and FIDF New York Young Leadership Vice President Stefanie Cohen.

More than 1,200 prominent business and philanthropic leaders from across the country gathered for the FIDF National NY Gala Dinner, demonstrating their love and support for FIDF and for the men and women who serve to protect the State of Israel.

FIDF National Board Member Rabbi Peter Weintraub served as Dinner Chairman. Weintraub, who specializes in rabbinic outreach, has been an avid FIDF supporter for 12 years and has sponsored academic scholarships for over 70 IDF combat veterans through FIDF’s IMPACT! Scholarship Program.

“Over the dozen years that I’ve been involved in FIDF, I’ve been privileged to see how this organization makes a powerful difference in the lives of the brave men and women who defend and protect Israel – and the Jewish People,” said Rabbi Weintraub. “This Gala provided a wonderful, stirring opportunity for us to say thanks, and to stand proudly with them.”

Special guests included 30 IDF soldiers of various ranks and military units, including 2nd Lt. Enbal Grintzvaig, an educational officer in the Artillery Corps, whose brother, 1st Sgt. Avi Grintzvaig, z”l, was shot and killed in Bet Hanoun, near Gaza, during Operation Protective Edge this past summer. Addressing the audience, 2nd Lt. Enbal shared her personal memories of her brother, who posthumously received a citation for his bravery. Most of the soldiers who attended the Gala received citations for heroism, including in Operation Protective Edge and Operation Pillar of Defense.

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, greeted the audience via satellite, and thanked them for their invaluable support for Israel’s soldiers.

Funds raised at the gala will provide much-needed and well-deserved services such as academic scholarships to former combat soldiers, financial support for underprivileged soldiers and Lone Soldiers from around the world, crucial aid for wounded veterans, weeks of rest and recreation for entire IDF units, as well as educational, cultural, and recreational facilities. The evening was a rare and exclusive opportunity to pay tribute to the State of Israel and the brave men and women in uniform. In 2014, for the first time in its history, FIDF raised over $100 million for the wellbeing of Israeli soldiers.

Distinguished guests included the author and nationally syndicated radio host, Dr. Monica Crowley, who served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies; IDF’s 19th Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. (Res.) Gabi Ashkenazi; Israel Defense and Armed Forces Attaché to the U.S. and Canada Maj. Gen. Yaacob Ayish; and Consul General of Israel in New York Ido Aharoni.

Other prominent guests included FIDF National Chairman Nily Falic; FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir; Rabbi Weintraub and his wife, Ellen; FIDF Chairmen Emeritus Arthur Stark, Larry Hochberg, and Marvin Josephson; FIDF National Director and CEO Emeritus Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon; and FIDF National Board Member and YL-NY President Emeritus Tony Felzen.



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1,200 Jewish leaders to attend FIDF National Gala, March 10th

New York, More than 1,200 prominent business and philanthropic leaders from across the country will come together in solidarity and support of the brave men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), at the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) National NY Gala Dinner on March 10 at New York’s famed Waldorf Astoria.

FIDF’s premier national event will be chaired by FIDF National Board Member Rabbi Peter Weintraub. In 2004, Weintraub established a sheet factory in the Erez work zone near Gaza, eventually moving it to the southern city of Sderot, Israel, where he employed 75 women, mostly single mothers. In 1992, he established Bristol Associates, a home furnishings textile business, with offices in New Jersey, North Carolina, California, Shanghai, Karachi, and Mumbai. Weintraub, who specializes in rabbinic outreach, has been an avid FIDF supporter for 12 years and has sponsored academic scholarships for over 70 IDF combat veterans through FIDF’s IMPACT! Scholarship Program.

“These amazing young men and women of the IDF are protecting every single Jew in the world, including me,” Weintraub said. “Every Jew in the world holds their heads a little higher because we know these soldiers are there to protect us.”

Special guests will include 30 IDF soldiers of various ranks and military units, including 2nd Lt. Enbal, an educational officer in the Artillery Corps, whose brother, 1st Sgt. Avi, was shot and killed in Bet Hanoun, near Gaza, during Operation Protective Edge this past summer. Most of the soldiers who will be in attendance have received citations for their courageous efforts in a number of operations, including Operation Protective Edge and Operation Pillar of Defense.

The evening will begin with a reception at 5:30 PM, followed by dinner and program at 7 PM.

Distinguished attendees will include Dinner Chairman and FIDF National Board Member, Rabbi Peter Weintraub; FIDF National Chairman, Nily Falic; FIDF National Director and CEO, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir; and FIDF National Director and CEO Emeritus, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon.

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