FIDF Raises 27 Million at 2013 National NY Gala Dinner!

FIDF National Director and CEO, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon, Founder and President of The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and Cpt. Ziv Shilon.

Chairing the evening was Arthur Stark, FIDF Chairman Emeritus, while nationally syndicated radio host, Dr. Monica Crowley, served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.  Among the distinguished guests in attendance were FIDF National Chairman, Nily Falic; FIDF National President, Julian Josephson; FIDF National Director and CEO,Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon; Former IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. (Res.) Gabi Ashkenazi; Founder and President of The International Fellowship of Christian and Jews, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein; Israeli-American luxury fashion designer, Elie Tahari; President of the New York Yankees, Randy Levine and his wife, Mindy; American real estate tycoon and media proprietor, Mort Zuckerman; and American sex therapist, media personality, and author, Dr.Ruth Westheimer.

One of the evening’s exceptional guests included Cpt. Ziv Shilon, a 25-year-old commander of the Givati Brigade, who was badly injured a few months prior in a Hamas attack near the Gaza security fence. Cpt. Ziv Shilon’s presence, along with that of Maj. Justin Constantine, a wondered U.S. Marine Corps veteran, served as a powerful reminder of the ever present need for services and support provided by FIDF.  

Former IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. (Res.) Gabi Ashkenazi and Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, Ambassador Ron Prosor.

The program included a live satellite feed from an Israeli military base, where specialists explained some of the IDF’s highly complex counter-terrorism systems and intelligence gathering practices.  Following this riveting look into the daily challenges facing Israel’s soldiers, the evening culminated with  heartfelt words shared by bereaved mother, Nelly Barak.  Barak tragically lost her son, tank commander Hanan Barak Z’’L, in 2006 when a group of terrorists fired an RPG tank and then abducted his soldier, Gilad Shalit.  Shalit was released in October 2012 after five years in captivity, while Hanan and an another soldier lost their lives.

The funds raised during the evening will provide much needed and well-deserved services such as academic scholarships to former combat soldiers, financial support for soldiers in-need and Lone Soldiers from around the world, weeks of rest and recreation for entire IDF units, as well as educational, cultural, and recreational facilities. The evening was a rare and exclusive opportunity to pay tribute to the State of Israel and to send a message of love and support to the brave men and women in uniform.


Israel Air Force Attaché to the U.S. and Canada, Gen. Yakov Shaharabani, American sex therapist, media personality, and author, Dr. Ruth Westheimer and FIDF National Chairman, Nily Falic.

 


Former IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. (Res.) Gabi Ashkenazi, FIDF National Director and CEO, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon and Cpt. Ziv Shilon.

FIDF Chairman Emeritus, Arthur Stark, was the chair of the FIDF National NY Gala Dinner.

The IDF delegation to the National NY Gala Dinner with FIDF National Director and CEO, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon and Deputy National Director, Col. (Ret.) Pinhas (Pinky) Zoaretz.




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