San Diego Gala Dinner 2012


The FIDF Gala Dinner, co-chaired by Jackie S. Gmach, Marilyn Smiedt and Barbara Warren, was held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt on Saturday, January 21, 2012. In attendance were 800 guests. Many local dignitaries were among the special guests, which included members of Congress and the House, as well as high ranking officers from both the IDF and U.S. military.

The program began by honoring Jenny and Julian Josephson for their commitment and dedication to the soldiers of the IDF and the State of Israel.  Wounded soldiers from both Israel and the United States shared the stage and told how the Wounded Soldier Project helped them to overcome their injuries and form an unbreakable bond.  The keynote speaker, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon, Vice Prime Minister of Israel, summed up the situation in the Middle East.  However, it was the bereaved mother, Miriam Peretz, whose emotional story of the ultimate sacrifice captured the hearts of all.

Young vibrant Israeli soldiers performed throughout the program.  The evening ended with a medley of songs which had everyone up and dancing.

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Moshe Bogie Ya’alon, Vice Prime Minister of Israel with
Honoree Julian Josephson, FIDF National President and San Diego
Chapter Chairman.

Bereaved Mother, Miriam Peretz, with Honoree Jenny Josephson,
Miriam’s son, Carol Weisner and Claire Ellman.


FIDF Young Leadership

FIDF Board Members Bobbi Warren and Carlos Malamud


IDF Music Ensemble

Board Member Herb “Moshe” Weiss and Susan Shmalo


dancing to the sounds of the music ensemble

Brothers in Arms: IDF Tank Commander Lt. (Ret.) Ron Weinreich and
US Gunnery Sgt. Edward Shrank

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