Wounded Israeli hero and paralympics gold medalist Noam Gershony will speak at the Hilton Woodcliff Lake on Wednesday, September 28, to raise awareness and support for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces and its well-being programs for wounded soldiers. Valley Chabad’s Eternal Flame, in partnership with Friends of the IDF, sponsors the event. Doors open at 7 p.m.; program is at 7:30.
Six years before winning the gold medal for wheelchair tennis at the 2012 London Paralympics, Mr. Gershony’s Israeli Air Force Apache helicopter crashed in Lebanon. His co-pilot was killed, and Mr. Gershony was severely injured.
“After my injury I wondered, why did I survive?” Mr. Gershony said. “I used to be able to fly an Apache and now I can barely walk up four steps. That’s when I decided never to let myself become depressed — no matter what the situation
“Now I know that I’m a very lucky guy: I fell 6,000 feet to what should have been my death, and I rose again.”
Woodcliff Lake native Sgt. Gideon, a former lone soldier who served in the IDF’s Paratroopers Brigade, also will speak.
The evening benefits and raises awareness for FIDF well-being programs for wounded Israeli soldiers. The programs aid wounded IDF soldiers during and after their rehabilitation and provide a chance for them to live without limitations through well being, rehabilitative, and recreational activities.
“Gershony risked — and nearly lost — his life to protect the State of Israel and Jews worldwide,” the FIDF’s New Jersey director, Howard Gases, said. “The least we can do is support programs for wounded soldiers and veterans like him, to help these resilient and inspirational men and women return to a sense of normalcy.”
“We are excited to be partnering with the FIDF to bring this hero to our community for our annual lecture,” said Rabbi Yosef Orenstein, director of Valley Chabad’s Eternal Flame program. “Noam’s story is the story of our land and the story of our people for millennia: overcoming challenges and thriving through adversity.”
For information or to reserve tickets call (646) 274-9646 or go to www.fidf.org/noamgershonynj.