over $1 million was raised to benefit the wellbeing of IDF soldiers!
Dear friends, On Monday, November 23rd, 450 lay leaders and FIDF supporters, came together for the FIDF New Jersey 11th Annual IDF Tribute Dinner at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel in support of Israel's soldiers. Thanks to the incredible generosity of the New Jersey community,over $1 million was raised to benefit the wellbeing of IDF soldiers!
In attendance were several active-duty IDF soldiers, including Corporal Harrison, a Lone Soldier from Tenafly, New Jersey who is a combat soldier in Nachal Brigade.
"Every person in this room is here because he or she feels a sense of duty and purpose.Duty for himself and his family, for Jews and for the State of Israel. There was a point in my life where I asked myself, "What can I do to secure a brighter future, not only for myself, but for the world?": The safety and the growth of the Jewish State is paramount. That is why I volunteered to join the IDF. "
We also heard from three incredible women soldiers who shared their stories: Lt. Sara, Cpl. M, and St. Sgt. (Res.) Noa. Lieutenant Sara is an operational officer for an Iron Dome battery, and told about a time she had mere seconds to decide where an incoming rocket will fall, and it if was necessary to take action to intercept it.
Corporal M serves as a combat soldier in the Border Police, currently stationed in Hebron. She shared: "My job is to stop terrorists who are planning attacks against Israeli citizens. Was I afraid when my life was on the line? When something like that happens to you, you don't have time to think. You act."We also met Staff Sergeant (Res.) Noa, a paramedic who has treated Palestinian and Syrian civilians. Finally, we were honored to have with us First Sergeant Gili, who shared her family's story. Her father Zvika passed away in 1997 as a result of injuries sustained in the Yom Kippur War, when she was only 4 years old. When Gili turned 12, she participated in FIDF's Legacy summer camp for Bnei Mitzvah, and returned to the program as a counselor this past summer.
"I feel that my family's legacy taught me such a strong lesson of loving this country and keeping it because of the people who lived and died here. I feel the loss of my father in everything I do and in every day. I pray for better days, I believe in peace. And until then- we'll continue to hold each other's hands."
The evening also included a special recognition to Sammy Bar-Or, who has been instrumental in the founding and growth of our chapter, and Tal Bar-Or who served as Master of Ceremonies for many years. We were happy to have Lance Drucker serve as the Master of Ceremonies for this evening's program.
On behalf of the heroic men and women of the IDF, board and staff of FIDF and the State ofIsrael, we thank you for your dedicated support of Israel's soldiers.
We look forward to seeing you at the 12th Annual NJ IDF Tribute Dinner and at other FIDF events in our community. In the meantime, please checkFIDF's Facebook Page and website soon to view more photos from the event!