Nearly 80 supporters attended “An Evening with the IDF,” a Friends of the Israel Defense Forces fundraiser hosted by the FIDF New Jersey chapter in Englewood. The August 12 event raised close to $350,000 for Israeli soldiers; $175,000 of it will go to the Saban Lone Soldier Home, now under construction in the city of Rishon LeZion.
The keynote speaker was Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Shir Peled, the first woman to serve as an IDF combat soldier in a counterterrorism unit. Peled’s service in the IDF inspired the role of Nurit, played by actress Rona Lee-Shimon, in the Netflix hit “Fauda.” Other guests included FIDF CEO Steven Weil; Major General (Res.) Nadav Padan, who is the FIDF national director and former head of IDF Cybersecurity & Central Command; FIDF Northeast vice president Galit Brichta, and Howard Gases of the FIDF NJ chapter.
“It was wonderful being part of an FIDF event that has raised close to $350,000, so far, with much of that going to the soon-to-be-built home for lone soldiers,” FIDF NJ board member Mel Berger of Fort Lee, , who was the evening’s emcee, said. “The heroic soldiers who spoke during the evening were truly inspiring,”
Email Howard.Gases@FIDF.org to contribute to the Saban Lone Soldier Home.