Friends of the IDF (FIDF) National NY Gala Dinner
Tuesday, March 10, Waldorf Astoria, New York
New York, Feb. 23 – More than 1,200 prominent business and philanthropic leaders from across the country will come together in solidarity and support of the brave men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), at the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) National NY Gala Dinner on March 10 at New York’s famed Waldorf Astoria.
FIDF’s premier national event will be chaired by FIDF National Board Member Rabbi Peter Weintraub. In 2004, Weintraub established a sheet factory in the Erez work zone near Gaza, eventually moving it to the southern city of Sderot, Israel, where he employed 75 women, mostly single mothers. In 1992, he established Bristol Associates, a home furnishings textile business, with offices in New Jersey, North Carolina, California, Shanghai, Karachi, and Mumbai. Weintraub, who specializes in rabbinic outreach, has been an avid FIDF supporter for 12 years and has sponsored academic scholarships for over 70 IDF combat veterans through FIDF’s IMPACT! Scholarship Program.
“These amazing young men and women of the IDF are protecting every single Jew in the world, including me,” Weintraub said. “Every Jew in the world holds their heads a little higher because we know these soldiers are there to protect us.”
Special guests will include 30 IDF soldiers of various ranks and military units, including 2nd Lt. Enbal, an educational officer in the Artillery Corps, whose brother, 1st Sgt. Avi, was shot and killed in Bet Hanoun, near Gaza, during Operation Protective Edge this past summer. Most of the soldiers who will be in attendance have received citations for their courageous efforts in a number of operations, including Operation Protective Edge and Operation Pillar of Defense.
The evening will begin with a reception at 5:30 PM, followed by dinner and program at 7 PM.
Distinguished attendees will include Dinner Chairman and FIDF National Board Member, Rabbi Peter Weintraub; FIDF National Chairman, Nily Falic; FIDF National Director and CEO, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir; and FIDF National Director and CEO Emeritus, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon.
To watch a video from last year’s FIDF National NY Gala Dinner, please click here:
About Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF):
FIDF was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors as a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing and supporting educational, social, cultural, and recreational programs and facilities for the heroic men and women of the IDF. Today, FIDF has more than 120,000 loyal supporters, and 15 regional offices throughout the U.S. and Panama. FIDF proudly offers its support to the IDF soldiers and their families through a variety of unique and innovative programs. These opportunities reinforce the vital bond between the communities in the United States, the soldiers of the IDF, and the State of Israel. For more information, please visit: www.fidf.org.