Friends of the Israel Defense Forces New Jersey chapter, together with New Jersey Jewish day schools, will hold an “Evening of Celebration and Appreciation” — a virtual candle-lighting ceremony, — on Thursday, December 17, at 7 p.m.
Participating day schools include the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County, Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, Golda Och Academy, the Moriah School, the Hebrew Academy of Marlboro, Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva, and Yavneh Academy.
In 2019, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appointed an American attorney, Elan Carr, as Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating anti-Semitism. Mr. Carr is among the evening’s speakers. Mr. Carr advises Mr. Pompeo and is responsible for directing U.S. policies and projects aimed at countering anti-Semitism throughout the world.
Sammy Bar-Or, FIDF national board member and co-founder of the FIDF NJ chapter, will lead the candle-lighting ceremony. IDF Lone Soldier Cpl. Haley from East Brunswick will send a holiday greeting, and journalist and television anchor Tal Heinrich will be the moderator.
“This very special evening will bring our community together to show appreciation to our heroes, the soldiers of the IDF, as well as members of the NJ community that so generously support their wellbeing needs in 2020 while at the same time celebrating the miracle of Chanukah,” said Howard Gases, FIDF’s New Jersey director. To register, go to FIDF.ORG/Celebration.