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South Florida FIDF Evening of Wine, Cheese & Art

Thursday, May 11, 2017 Young professionals from all across South Florida joined FIDF for an evening of wine, cheese & art. The event, held at South Beach’s art deco luxury Sagamore Hotel, featured a private gallery viewing of their Wonder Woman Exhibit, while attendees enjoyed music from a live DJ and sampled fine wines and assortment of cheeses. The Wonder Woman Exhibit showcased the art of 21 Israeli artist’s introspection of what their definition of a heroine is spanning millennia, from biblical to modern day times; from Anne Frank, Golda Meir to Gal Gadot. The reception also featured Miami’s upcoming abstract artist, Adam Thompson, creating live art throughout the evening.

In addition to wine and art attendees heard from, Sgt. Mauricio Glucksmann, an FIDF IMPACT scholarship recipient who was in attendance. Mauricio shared with the crowd how he escaped from Venezuela to serve in the IDF which lead him to becoming a government student at IDC Herzliya. To cap off the evening, FIDF YL of Miami, welcomed and introduced their new Development Associate, Elana Kashti, to their members.

Thank you to all our attendees made this an unforgettable evening. A special thanks to our event co- chairs, Nicole Schubert and Amy Poliakoff, the president of YL Board, Jaime Mittleman, YL Board Member, Michael Behar, our courteous host, Sagamore Hotel and staff, Sgt, Mauricio Glucksmann, and all our event vendors who made this event possible. Click here for photos




Temple Sinai Open House 2014
FIDF Miami YL - working out to support the soldiers

Young Jewish leaders in Miami broke a serious sweat – for Israeli Army soldiers on Sunday July 31st, at Flywheel and August 21 at Barry’s Bootcamp!
The “Sunday Shvitz Events” are part of an initiative to care for the wellbeing of the community while taking care of the wellbeing of Israel’s soldiers.
Special thanks to our sponsors: Barry’s Bootcamp, Cold Pressed Raw Juice, and USA Sports Therapy.  PHOTOS

Temple Sinai Open House 2014
FIDF Miami Shabbat Dinner - Thank You!!  Shabbat Shalom
FIDF YL hosted our very first Exclusive Shabbat dinner in Bay Harbor Islands, at the home of Uzi and Tova Zohar. The home was filled with 50 Young Professionals in the community who support Israel and her soldiers. Our guests began the beautiful evening by mingling during a cocktail hour, followed by a brief program about FIDF. As the sun set, we ushered in Shabbat together and enjoyed a magnificent dinner.We were honored to have Consul General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico Lior Haiat speak to us, as well as 1st Lieutenant Levy, from the Israel Defense Forces. Many thanks go to our hosts, Uzi and Tova Zohar, for opening up their home, and whose support for the Young Leadership Division exemplify the principle of L'Dor Va Dor. At FIDF, it is important for us to carry on the good work that we do from one generation to the next, continuing the legacy of building a stronger and impassioned Miami community devoted to helping Israel's brave soldiers.This was truly a special evening, enjoyed by all!      Photo credit: Erez Kashy
Special thank you to our sponsors from Aroma Market & Catering and Amazing Events & Rental Inc.  PHOTOS     TO MAKE A DONATION TO THE SOLDIERS PLEASE CLICK HERE



Temple Sinai Open House 2014
FIDF Miami White Party

April 2 – More than 600 young leaders gathered at one of South Florida’s largest private homes on April 2 for the biggest-ever Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Young Leadership Miami Division White Party, which raised over $85,000 to support well-being and educational programs for the brave soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

The event included a live band and DJ and a special performance by Miami spray paint artist ATOMIK, who created a live canvas during the benefit that was then silently auctioned.
Funds raised at the event will go towards the FIDF DIGNITY Program, which supports Israeli soldiers in need with critical aid for basic appliances and furniture, food vouchers, special grants, and holiday gift vouchers, and FIDF’s Amir Course, which helps integrate Ethiopian-Israelis into the IDF, helping them to access more challenging and influential military positions and improve their prospects.      PHOTOS



Temple Sinai Open House 2014FIDF Miami Marathon

Sunday, Jan 24 Friends of the IDF participated as a charity in the Miami Marathon with Cold Pressed Raw! All participants finished strong (and revived with cold-pressed juices at our tent) in their custom FIDF dry-fit shirts; for many it was their first Half-Marathon! 

We are so proud of the hard work and dedication that every participant put into completing this event and look forward to doing so for years to come!

if you are interested in running in 2017with us please contact lauren.masuzzo@fidf.org The Miami Marathon attracts over 40,000 people from 80 different countries yearly. The Miami Marathon has been one of the fastest-growing annual marathons, attracting world-class distance runners, celebrities and local politicians.      PHOTOS



FIDF YL 5K/10K Trail Run and Childrens IDF Obstacle

 

Jan 10, 2016-- Over 500 Young Professionals and Families participated in the FIDF YL Inaugural 5k/10k trail run and children's obstacle course! Children had to complete a mission and find each obstacle/complete it and recieve a custom FIDF Medal at the end! The 5k/10k Runners ran through Oleta Park, the runners were timed and given trophies by catagories! . MORE INFO

FIDF YL Casino Night Carnivale Masquerade

 

700 people attended this SOLD OUT event 11th annual Casino Night, “Carnivale Soiree,” presented by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Young Leadership-Greater Miami Chapter and the Dezer Family. MORE INFO


 

FIDF YL BOARD YACHT OUTING
Sunday, Oct 11 was truly a Sunday Fun-day! 
YL spent a fantastic day at sea on the yacht together planning future events.   
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HAPPY HOUR @ NEWS LOUNGE

Over 70 guests attended our 2:4:1 pre-Casino Kickoff event at the News Lounge, at the 55th street station in Miami's Upper Easet Side. Guests who purchased FIDF 11TH Annual Casino Night Tickets at the event gained free entry and a complimentary drink, or specialty cocktail. 
All of the proceeds for this event went to toward programs for the well-being of the soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces and Adopt a Golani Brigade: https://fidf.org/adopt_a_brigade_golani


Join us October 24,2015 and Pre-purchase your casino night tickets here for the EARLY BIRD rate:
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Sunday Shvitz @Barry’s Bootcamp

On Sunday, August 16th, acclaimed trainer Rachel Robinson hosted a special Sunday Shvitz SOLD OUT class with Friends of the IDF Young Leadership at Barry’s Bootcamp Miami Beach to help raise funds for the troops in Israel. It got ISRAEL-ly hot in there with a full body workout for the soldiers! 
By attending this event guests helped support our Adopt a Golani Brigade initiative: which helps support lone soldiers, spirit weeks, dignity and so much more for the well-being of the young men that fight on the front lines. More info:https://www.fidf.org/adoptmiami
Barry’s Bootcamp strongly believes that friends who shvitz together, stay together. While Friends of the IDF look after Israel, Barry’s Bootcamp Miami Beach will look after them with the help of attendees.
 
FIDF YL looks forward to more Shvitz classes with Barrys in the future!

Sunday Shvitz @Flywheel

Young Jewish leaders in Miami broke a serious sweat – for Israeli Army soldiers Sunday July 12!
The Friends of the IDF (FIDF) Young Leadership Florida Region organized a special “Sunday Shvitz” session (“shvitz” is the Yiddish word for sweat) that will turn hours of intense workouts into donations for wellbeing and educational programs that help the men and women of the IDF.  The “Sunday Shvitz” is part of an ongoing initiative to care for the wellbeing of the community while taking care of the wellbeing of Israel’s soldiers. The Young Leadership Division plans to continue this important initiative by inviting the community to more fitness events in the future, including bootcamp at Barry's Bootcamp.
“Young men and women in Israel are putting their lives on the line every day. We feel we can help them too and even get in shape at the same time,” said FIDF Young Leadership Board Member, Melissa Softness. 
For more details regarding the “Sunday Shvitz” events, please contact Lauren Masuzzo at lauren.masuzzo@fidf.org or call (305) 354-8233.

 

FIDF 3rd Annual Pool PartySunday, July 14 we packed the rooftop of the historic Gale Hotel, hosted by Friends of the IDF (FIDF) Young Leadership Division-Greater Miami Chapter. All proceeds went to the FIDF Formal Education program!   More info

To see more pics go to our Facebook Page: CLICK HERE

Thank you all who came! We had a blast and look forward to many more pool days for the soldiers!

Look out for our Shvitz events this summer and Casino night this fall!

Welcome 2nd Lt. Yael Sadan
Thursday, May 21 The FIDF Young Leadership Board welcomed 2nd Lt. Yael Sadan into the private residence of one of our board members to hear. We enjoyed learning about her units duties as well as how FIDF is helping her soldiers!  We all had an amazing time getting to know her and know that we now have a friend to visit in Israel when we go!



13TH ANNUAL WHITE PARTY

Miami, FL – March 14, 2015 – The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Greater Miami Young Leadership Division hosted its 13th annual White Party, a white-clad soiree to support Israel’s soldiers, with over 600 prominent guests from around the Miami area. The evening featured a vivacious live Latin band with salsa dancers, a premium open bar, and savory gourmet kosher Cuban food.   READ MORE

 

 

Lifetime Miami Marathon 2015- FIDF Run for the Soldiers

Sunday, Jan 25 Friends of the IDF participated as a sponsor in the Miami Marathon event along with Cold Pressed Raw! All participants finished strong (and revived with cold-pressed juices at our tent) in their custom FIDF dry-fit shirts; for many it was their first Half-Marathon! 

We are so proud of the hard work and dedication that every participant put into completing this event and look forward to doing so for years to come!

If you are interested in running in 2016 with us please contact lauren.masuzzo@fidf.org

The Miami Marathon attracts over 40,000 people from 80 different countries yearly. The Miami Marathon has been one of the fastest-growing annual marathons, attracting world-class distance runners, celebrities and local politicians.        READ MORE


FIDF WINE & Cheese with Maj Ortal AmarCheese_n_Wine_event_2014

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014  Young professionals joined FIDF for an exclusive intimate wine & cheese event in Hallandale Beach. Our guests gained a better understanding of what the FIDF does and how they can get involved with the FIDF (YLD) Young Leadership Division. Marcel Calef, an FIDF Greater Miami Chapter Board member gave a brief speech on the significance of supporting FIDF, as a former IDF paratrooper he knows firsthand how FIDF helps. His speech was followed by our special guest Maj.Ortal Amar, who is one of the first women in the IDF to command the first women’s combat intelligence unit! Her story was insightful.

In addition to the education about the organization as a whole; our guests gained a better understanding of YLD and our two annual signature key events, white party and casino night. The South Florida community is making a huge difference in Israel and the lives of the IDF soldiers.

Overall, the evening was a great success. We are grateful to Wasser’s Exclusive Furniture for hosting and catering our educational program and look forward to having more educational pieces to share with the Young Professionals in the South Florida community.




ZUMBA SUNDAY SHVITZ @OM’ECHAYE

Young Jewish leaders in Miami broke a serious sweat – for Israeli Army soldiers Sunday November 16!

The Friends of the IDF (FIDF) Young Leadership Florida Region organized a special “Sunday Shvitz” session (“shvitz” is the Yiddish word for sweat) that will turn hours of intense workouts into donations for well-being and educational programs that help the men and women of the IDF. Special thanks to OM'ECHAYE for hosting our amazing class and to our co-chairs!

The “Sunday Shvitz” is part of an ongoing initiative to care for the well-being of the community while taking care of the well-being of Israel’s soldiers. The Young Leadership Division plans to continue this important initiative by inviting the community to more fitness events in the future. Our next Shvitz event will be Dec 14, Exhale Spa at the Epic Residence + Hotel! + Dec 21 Slash Fitness /// Performance

About Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF):  FIDF was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors as a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing and supporting educational, social, cultural, and recreational programs and facilities for the heroic men and women of the IDF. Today, FIDF has more than 120,000 loyal supporters, and 15 regional offices throughout the U.S. and Panama. FIDF proudly offers its support to the IDF soldiers and their families through a variety of unique and innovative programs. These opportunities reinforce the vital bond between the communities in the United States, the soldiers of the IDF, and the State of Israel. For more information, please visit: www.fidf.org



 10th Annual Casino Night

More than 600 guests joined world champion poker player Jamie Gold and Founder and CEO of the Wall Street Conference and Founding Partner Jason  S. Lyons this past Saturday for a “Casino Royale” event at the exclusive Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Beach. The event, to support wellbeing services for the men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), raised $115,000.

 

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Sunday Yoga Shvitz @Green Monkey

Young Jewish leaders in Miami broke a serious sweat – for Israeli Army soldiers Sunday, September 14!
The Friends of the IDF (FIDF) Young Leadership Florida Region organized a special “Sunday Shvitz” session (“shvitz” is the Yiddish word for sweat) that will turn hours of intense workouts into donations for well-being and educational programs that help the men and women of the IDF.


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YL_Annual_Pool_Party_2014FIDF YL ANNUAL POOL PARTY

Over 500 guests packed a pool party this week at the historic Shore Club, hosted by Friends of the IDF (FIDF) Young Leadership Division-Greater Miami Chapter and Palm Beach/Broward Region. All proceeds went to supporting wellbeing services for the men and women of the Israel Defense Forces serving in Operation Protective Edge.  Friends of the IDF Young Leadership Division-Greater Miami Chapter and Palm Beach/Broward Region will also be hosting a “Casino Royale” fundraiser on October 25 in Sunny Isles Beach, FL at the Trump International Beach Resort. FIDF 10th Annual Casino Night Gala
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Exclusive VIP Bootcamp @ Barry's

"The best bootcamp in the world." Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Biel, Katie Holmes and Jake Gyllenhaal all go to Barry's!


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Sunday Shvitz

Young Jewish leaders in Miami broke a serious sweat – for Israeli Army soldiers Sunday June 22!




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FIDF 12TH ANNUAL WHITE PARTY

Over 500 prominent guests from around the Miami area attended a white-clad soiree to support Israel’s soldiers. The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Greater Miami Young Leadership Division hosted its 12th annual White Party on Saturday, April 5, at a private residence in Golden Beach, FL.
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FIDF YL BOWLING “STRIKES FOR THE SOLDIERS” @ Splitsville

FIDF Young Leadership Miami organized two teams to bowl at Splitsville Luxury Lanes with a Lone Soldier from Peru that is serving in the IDF, Corporal Monica C. Monica’s position in the IDF is to protect the Iron Dome devices. We learned that it’s not an easy task, and very important. The Iron Dome device intercepts rockets that are fired targeting Israel.
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Miami Marathon- Fidf Run for the Soldiers!

Friends of the IDF participated as a sponsor in the Miami Marathon event for the first time! All participants finished strong in their custom FIDF dry-fit shirts; for many it was their first Half-Marathon! Our team raised over $6,000 in support of the IDF soldiers.
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FIDF YLD Casino Night 2013-Gatsby Soiree’

On Saturday, October 26, 2013 over 600 guests clad in 1920’s attire arrived at the Trump International Hotel in Sunny Isles for the FIDF’s Young Leadership Division’s 9th Annual Casino Party.
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FIDF Happy Hour @ Regent Cocktail Bar

Over 70 guests attended our pre-Casino Kickoff event at the beautiful Regent Cocktail Bar. Guests who purchased FIDF 9TH Annual Casino Night Tickets at the event gained free entry and enjoyed cocktails by world famous “mixologists”.
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FIDF special rooftop pool party

150 young professionals of the Friends of the IDF (FIDF) from across the greater Miami area came together for a special rooftop pool party on Sunday, August 4th, at the Catalina Hotel in Miami Beach, FL.
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Social event at the Sopranos Dueling Piano Bar

Friends of the IDF (FIDF) Greater Miami Young Leadership Division hosted a social event at the Sopranos Dueling Piano Bar in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
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FIDF 101: WINE & CHEESE

Over 80 young professionals joined FIDF for an exclusive intimate wine & cheese event in Hallandale Beach. Our guests gained a better understanding of what the FIDF does and how they can get involved with the FIDF (YLD) Young Leadership Division.

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11th Annual White Party Celebrating Israel’s 65th Anniversary

On April 27, 2013 over 500 white clad guests came to celebrate with the FIDF Young Leadership Division (FIDF YLD) at the largest beach front property in Golden Beach. Our guests enjoyed gourmet kosher food from Aroma and Soho, premium drinks, silent auction, raffle tickets for JT and Jay Z concert, and entertainment by DJ David Bitton.
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FIDF YL Happy Hour @ Segafredo Brickell

Thursday April 11,2013 Young professionals from all over Miami came together to support the FIDF Young Leadership division, at the Segafredo Brickell.
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Happy Hour @Yolo “SPIRIT” Awareness

On February 21, 2013, over 75 young professionals from Boca and South Miami came together for the first Friends of IDF Young Leadership Happy hour of the year!
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The Lone Soldier Lunch and Learn Experience

Israel’s Lone Soldiers are those who volunteer to leave their countries of origin and their families to serve the Jewish homeland. The FIDF Lone Soldier Program provides these soldiers with support and assistance throughout this new phase of their lives. Approximately 2000 brave young men and women pledge their commitment to the IDF coming from all over the world.
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Mix and Mingle with FIDF Young Leadership

Over 200 young Jewish professionals gathered at Ricochet Bar & Lounge in Midtown Miami this July for a one-of-a-kind mix and mingle to support the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.
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Young Leadership Wine & Cheese Night 2012

The Friends of the IDF Young Leadership Division of Greater Miami gathered in Sunny Isles Beach on Monday, April 23rd at Oren & Renee Kattan’s beautiful home for a Wine & Cheese mix and mingle event.
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10th Annual YL White Party 2012

The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Young Leadership Division held its 10th Annual White Party on March 31st, 2012 in Golden Beach.
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FIDF Young Leadership 7th Annual Poker & Casino Night “The Glitz of Monte Carlo”

The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Greater Miami Chapter Young Leadership Division, Dezer Development, Universal Insurance Inc., and Deusche Bank joined forces once again on Saturday, September 10th, 2011 to raise funds for Israel’s soldiers at the 7th Annual Poker Tournament & Casino Night. Read More



9th Annual White Party

On Saturday, April 16th, 2011 Joel and Edith Newman opened up their stunning home for the Young Leadership White Party in Loving Memory of Moshe Bondar Z”L, one of the founders and Board member of the FIDF in Miami.
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FIDF YL & Birthright Israel NEXT South Florida Joint Event

For the first time, the Greater Miami Chapter Young Leadership Division and Birthright Israel NEXT decided to partner up for a memorable evening.
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FIDF Young Leadership Takes a Gamble and WINS Again at the

6th Annual Poker & Casino Night

Over $165,000 Raised for Israel’s Soldiers

The Young Leadership Division of Friends Israel Defense Forces, Dezer Development and Universal Insurance Inc., joined together again to raise funds for Israel’s soldiers with the 6th Annual Poker & Casino Night on Saturday, October 9, 2010. Read More

2010 Young Leadership White Party

The FIDF Young Leadership 8th Annual White Party- Saturday, March 20, 2010 at the Zadok Art Gallery in Miami’s artistic Wynwood District – brought together over 400 young professionals from the South Florida area to show their support for the soldiers of Israel. 
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2009 Young Leadership Poker & Casino Night Event

The Annual Poker & Casino Night, which is held every year at the Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Beach, is presented with great success by Florida’s FIDF Young Leadership Division.
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Young Leadership Greater Miami Board Members

Executive Board
   
Adam Kayce- Co President  
Jaime Mittleman- Co President  
Michael Behar  
Roseann Simovitch  
Adam Yormack  
Christine Yormack  
Evan Glassman-Past President  
Dan Karten-Past President  
Brad Meier-Past President  
Oren Kattan-Past Chairman  

 

 
Board Members
Maia Aron Danny Benavides
Michelle Ben Ari  
Karine Cohen Alice Edery Cohen
Evan Glassman Erez Honn
Renee Kattan Adam Kayce
Nathan Lieberman Brad Meier
Joelle Mendal Jaime Mittleman
Hadas Mizrahi Jaime Peisach
Brennan Rimer Kenneth Rosen
Jesse Salaman Roseann Simovitch
Melisaa Softness Michelle Steiger
Dayana Susterman Michael Szanto
Merav Tal Jaime Wasser
Michael Tabacinic Valerie Weisselberger    
   
   

 



















 
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