Melave Malka to benefit the soldiers of Nahal Haredi


On January 11, 2014, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Western Region held a Melave Malka to benefit the soldiers of Nahal Haredi. The reception, hosted by FIDF National and Local Board Members Fred Gluckman and Robert Zarnegin, as well as staunch supporter David Hager, was held at the luxurious Peninsula of Beverly Hills.

The invitation-only event brought together many prominent members of the Orthodox community of Los Angeles in what was, without a doubt, the building blocks of a flourishing relationship between Friends of the Israel Defense Forces and the supporters of Nahal Haredi.

In Los Angeles for this defining event was Rabbi Tzvi Klebanow, the Founder and Director of the Nahal Haredi organization, as well as Corporal Dovid Meytales, who currently serves in the Netzach Yehuda battalion. The event was saluted by Consul General of Los Angeles David Siegel, who also spoke at the reception.


The Netzach Yehuda (Nahal Haredi) battalion is one of the biggest success stories of modern day Israel. Established in 1999 with only 30 soldiers, there are currently over 1,000 soldiers serving in this battalion. In December 2013, the battalion made IDF history when it was chosen to be the recipient of the Pras RamatCal, the Chief of Staff Award. This award is based on excellence in operations and professionalism.

In large part due to the generosity of philanthropists David Hager, managing partner at Hager Pacific, and Frank Menlo, the event raised closed to $500,000 – all funds went directly to support the soldiers of Nahal Haredi.

If you would like to make a donation to the soldiers of Nahal Haredi, please contact the Western Region office at 323-843-2690.

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