IRON DOME INVENTOR SPEAKS AT NORTH SHORE FRIENDS OF THE IDF SUMMER BENEFIT

FIDF benefit raises more than $5.4M to support wellbeing programs for Israeli soldiers 

CHICAGO,  Aug.  12  –  Some  200  leaders  from  Chicago’s  Jewish  community  gathered  Sunday  at  the  home  of  Cindy and Izzy Levy for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Central Region Summer Benefit, raising over $5.4 million to support education and wellbeing programs for Israel’s brave soldiers. The  exclusive  afternoon  event  featured  special  guest  speaker  IDF  Brig.  Gen.  (Res.)  Dr.  Daniel  Gold,  who  invented  the  ‘Iron  Dome’  missile  defense  system  that  protects  Israel  from  short-­‐range  rocket  and  artillery attacks.  During  last  summer’s  Operation  Protective  Edge  in  Gaza,  the  Iron  Dome  intercepted  about  735  rockets. “It was my pleasure and honor to meet the impressive and wonderful people supporting FIDF in Chicago,” said Gold. “The FIDF community is the ‘Iron Dome’ protecting the wellbeing of Israeli soldiers.” Also speaking at the event were FIDF IMPACT! scholarship recipients Staff Sgt. (Res.) Ofir, a former IDF combat soldier, and Staff Sgt. (Res.) Shahar, a former IDF medic. “The Chicago Jewish community has shown incredible support for the future and wellbeing of Israel’s brave soldiers,” said FIDF Midwest Region Executive Director Tamir Oppenheim. “FIDF is blessed to have such strong and committed leadership.” 

Distinguished  guests  included  FIDF  National  Chairman  Arthur  Stark;  FIDF  National  Vice  President  Morris  Silverman; FIDF Central Region Executive Committee Chairman Daniel Hyman; FIDF Central Region President Tom Kane; FIDF Central Region Vice President Rob Selati; FIDF Central Region Executive Committee Member Lori  Komisar;  FIDF  Summer  Benefit  co-­‐hosts  Izzy  and  Hezi  Levy,  Judd  Malkin,  and  Jeff  Silverman;  FIDF  National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-­‐Amir; and FIDF Midwest Region Executive Director Tamir Oppenheim. 

Below please find photos from Sunday’s event.
Photo Credit: Nim Sharon Photography. High-­‐resolution versions of these photos are available upon request. Photo #1: (L to R) FIDF Summer Benefit co-­‐hosts Izzy Levy and Jeff Silverman; FIDF National Chairman Arthur Stark; IDF Brig. Gen. (Res.) Dr. Daniel Gold; FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-­‐Amir; FIDF  Summer  Benefit  co-­‐host  Hezi  Levy;  FIDF  Central  Region  Vice  President  Rob  Selati;  and  FIDF  Midwest  Region Executive Director Tamir Oppenheim. Photo #2: (L to R) FIDF Midwest Region Executive Director Tamir Oppenheim; IDF Brig. Gen. (Res.) Dr. Daniel Gold; FIDF Central Region Board of Directors Member  Mark  Levine; and FIDF Central Region Vice President  Rob Selati. Photo #3: (L to R) FIDF Midwest Region Executive Director Tamir Oppenheim; IDF Brig. Gen. (Res.) Dr. Daniel Gold; FIDF supporters  Myra and Mickey  Sanderman; FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.)  Meir Klifi-­‐Amir; and FIDF Summer Benefit co-­‐hosts Izzy and Hezi Levy. Photo  #4:  (L  to  R)  FIDF  supporter  Ruth  Wenger;  FIDF  Central  Region  Board  of  Directors  Member  Jonathan  Markowitz, IDF Brig. Gen. (Res.) Dr. Daniel Gold; and FIDF supporters Marc and Marilyn Seruya. Photo #5: (L to R) FIDF IMPACT! scholarship recipient and former IDF combat soldier Staff Sgt. (Res.) Ofir; FIDF Summer Benefit co-­‐host Hezi Levy; FIDF IMPACT! scholarship recipient and former IDF medic Staff Sgt. (Res.) Shahar; and FIDF Summer Benefit co-­‐host Izzy Levy. 

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