More than 1,300 young professionals from the New York area gathered this Dec. 1 at Metropolitan Pavilion for the red-carpet Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Young Leadership New York (YL-NY) Division 70th Birthday Gala for Israel, raising $500,000 for the well-being of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers. The annual FIDF YL-NY gala is the Jewish world’s most successful young leadership event.
The gala, co-chaired by YL-NY Board Members Noushka Green, Talia Hermesh and Amanda Paul, featured gourmet food, an open bar, casino-style games and luxury prizes, including high-end jewelry, artwork, and spa getaways.
“Throughout the year we have the incredible opportunity to meet dozens of soldiers from the IDF, each one a hero,” said FIDF Young Leadership-New York President Alex Berman. “And whenever we do so, we want it to be a reminder to them that they have friends, family and supporters across the globe. What better example of that and what better show of strength than 1,300 young professionals coming together to celebrate, honor and support our brothers and sisters in the IDF?”
Other distinguished guests included Danielle Bernstein, creator of the fashion blog We Wore What; FIDF YL-NY Board Vice President Ali Faivus; FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir; Brig. Gen. (Res.) Gila Klifi-Amir; FIDF Tri-State Executive Director Galit Brichta; and FIDF Tri-State Young Leadership Development Associate Cara Chernin.
The FIDF YL-NY Gala is Young Leadership’s largest event of the year and raises funds to expand FIDF’s efforts to support well-being and educational programs for thousands of IDF soldiers, including: economic support through the DIGNITY program, much-needed weeks of rest and recuperation through the SPIRIT program, flights home for Lone Soldiers with no immediate family in Israel, IMPACT! scholarships for combat veterans from low socioeconomic backgrounds, and a host of other vital well-being initiatives.
The YL Division of FIDF provides individuals ages 21-40 the opportunity to become involved in the organization’s work while socializing and networking with their peers. YL-NY offers a diverse range of educational and social activities throughout the year, including parlor meetings with IDF soldiers, Shabbat dinners, parties, and speakers series, to raise awareness about FIDF’s various programs. YL also hosts fundraising parties at local hot spots that attract hundreds of guests and allocates the funds it raises at these events to support FIDF’s programs and services.
The funds raised at this event will go toward FIDF well-being and educational programs for IDF soldiers.
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