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FIDF GREATER MIAMI CHAPTER 2014 SOLIDARITY GALA

1,000 prominent business and philanthropic leaders from South Florida gathered at the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Greater Miami Solidarity Gala raising $3.3 million for the wellbeing of the IDF soldiers.
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Israel Awareness Day @ Hebrew Academy

FIDF helped to organize an “IDF experience” boot camp, at the Hebrew Academy (RASG) along with JUMP (Jewish Unity Mentoring Program) which hosted its Second Annual Israel Awareness Day on Monday, February 3. The event featured a keynote address by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who addressed anti-Israel sentiments, myths created by the media, and the importance of advocating on behalf of Israel.
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Miami Marathon- Fidf Run for the Soldiers!

Friends of the IDF participated as a sponsor in the Miami Marathon event for the first time! All participants finished strong in their custom FIDF dry-fit shirts; for many it was their first Half-Marathon! Our team raised over $6,000 in support of the IDF soldiers.
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Skylake Synagogue- Meet and Greet w/IDF Pilot

Over 80 Skylake Synagogue congregants came together on January 13, 2014, to hear an amazing story of an individual who serves in the Israel Defense Forces Air force. The pilot flys Black Hawk helicopters and patrols over Israel, ensuring its people are protected. 


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Tu B'shvat

On Sunday, January 19, 2014, the Friends of the IDF, Greater Miami Chapter participated in a Jewish community fair at TY Park in Hollywood, Florida in celebration of Tu B’shvat.
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Comedy Night

Thursday November 14, Over 300 guests attended the FIDF Greater Miami Chapters first Salute to the IDF: Comedy Night, featuring Celebrity comedian and former IDF Soldier Joel Chasnoff. The night was hosted by FIDF Board Members Paula Hertzberg, Marcel Calef and FIDF Greater Miami Chapter President Monica Sasson.
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Friends of the IDF Florida Chapters visit adopted Golani combat brigade while in Israel

The FIDF Florida Chapters recently announced their adoption of the Golani Brigade, and their delegates were thrilled to meet the brigade’s soldiers in person and take part in a special adoption ceremony. The Adopt a Brigade Program allows supporters to truly become one with the soldiers and go beyond the financial contribution.
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Friends of the IDF (FIDF) delegation meets with Israel President Shimon Peres

The Friends of the IDF (FIDF) National Leadership Mission to Israel, led by FIDF National Chairman, Nily Falic, FIDF National Director and CEO, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon, and National and Local Board Members from across the United States, met with the President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres, today at his residence in Jerusalem.
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FIDF YLD Casino Night 2013-Gatsby Soiree’

On Saturday, October 26, 2013 over 600 guests clad in 1920’s attire arrived at the Trump International Hotel in Sunny Isles for the FIDF’s Young Leadership Division’s 9th Annual Casino Party.
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IDF Soldier Meet and Greet at Skylake Synagogue

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - The FIDF Greater Miami Chapter hosted a meet and greet at the Skylake Synagogue, where Lieutenant Colonel Yossi Matzliah, Deputy Commander of the Meitav IDF Recruitment and Induction Center, presented a beautiful and informative program about the military base where IDF recruits are sorted into their respective corps and basic training bases. Read More

FIDF FAMILY DAY @ Oleta River State Park

Sunday, September 22, 2013-- Families from the Miami community came together at Oleta River State Park in Sunny Isles for a fun-filled afternoon of arts and crafts and face painting, to learn about the Golani Brigade, and much more!
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Florida Raffle Winners announced !

The 2013 Florida Friends of the Israel Defense Forces raffle came to an end on Tuesday, September 3rd, when FIDF Greater Miami Chapter board member Shlomo Attas pulled the winning ticket. The grand prize winner of two airline tickets to Israel was Danny Milton from Miami Beach. Danny was thrilled to receive the news, as he has never been to Israel and can’t wait to visit. Our second place prize went to Budd and Deanna Litowitz from Palm Beach/Broward Region who took home a beautiful Rougois Watch, and our third place winners, Kevin and Judy Abrams, received a one-of-a-kind photography art piece by artist Ofer Bavly.










Naples -Temple Shalom

On April 14, 2013 The Friends of the Israel Defense Force along with organizations from all over Florida came together for a community festival at Temple Shalom, in Naples. With over 200 families in attendance the event was a huge success! Israeli music, dance, food and activities were highlighted in celebration of Israel’s 65th Anniversary.




Yom Ha’atzmaut “IDF Bootcamp”

On Monday April 15, 2013, The Friends of the IDF Greater Miami Chapter (FIDF) took part in a huge community affair for Yom Hazikaron, and Yom Ha’ atzmaut at the Michael-Anne Russell JCC in North Miami. Yom Hazikaron traditionally is a day that remembers the soldiers in the IDF who have fallen in battle, and Yom Ha’atzmaut is Israel’s Independence Day
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2013 Miami Solidarity Gala Dinner

On February 28, 2013, closed to 1,000 prominent business and philanthropic leaders from South Florida gathered at the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Greater Miami Solidarity Gala raising $2.5 million for the wellbeing of the IDF soldiers.
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Lone Soldier Program at Temple Dor Dorim

Sunday, February 17, 2013 over 120 people came together to hear Dr. Maurico Lynn give a moving presentation on the Friends of IDF’s Lone Soldier Program at Temple Dor Dorim in Weston, Florida.
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FIDF Greater Miami Tu B'Shvat 2013 Party

On Sunday, January 27, 2013, the Friends of the IDF, Greater Miami Chapter participated in a Jewish community fair at TY Park in Hollywood, Florida in celebration of Tu B’shvat. Tu B’shvat is also known as "Rosh HaShanah La'Ilanot", or the "New Year of the Trees.” The day is celebrated to broaden ecological awareness and as a result, trees were planted in celebration.
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Yom L’Chayal 2012: A Day to Salute Our Soldiers

Yom L’Chayal for the second year in a row was kicked off in the Orlando community, at Congregation Ohev Shalom. This year the soldiers put on a touching Hanukkah performance.
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2012 Raffle Drawing

The Florida Friends of the IDF kicked off the new year with its annual raffle drawing, where Judy Abrams of Miami Beach took home the grand prize of two free airline tickets to Israel. Long time volunteer, Abe Oberlender, was there to help us pull the winning ticket.
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Lone Soldier’s Mother Speaks at Parlor Meeting

The Greater Miami Chapter board member Dr. Ann Ballen opened up her Kendall home to host the first parlor meeting of the season.  About 40 guests gathered to hear speaker Sandra Sterling, the mother of a Lone Soldier, share her experiences growing up in El Salvador and discovering her Jewish identity.
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Governor Rick Scott Participates in Florida Jewish Symposium

Over 100 active lay and professional Jewish leaders gathered in Boca Raton, Florida on Monday, June 11 to participate in an interactive dialogue at the 2nd Florida Jewish Symposium. The symposium, hosted by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach, addressed important issues concerning the Florida Jewish Community and Internal Community relations.
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Gilad Shalit Visits Miami

Gilad Shalit, the IDF soldier released last October after five years of captivity by Hamas in the Gaza Strip, visited Miami this June to cover the NBA Finals as part of his new position as a sports columnist for the Israeli daily newspaper Yediot Achronot.
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2012 Greater Miami Chapter Gala Dinner

Over $2.3 million was raised Thursday night when over 1,000 prominent business and philanthropic leaders from across Miami gathered at The Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida, for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Greater Miami Chapter Solidarity Gala.
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2012 FIDF Tu B’shvat Family Celebration

On Sunday February 12th, 2012 the Friends of IDF Greater Miami Chapter took part in the community Tu B’Shvat celebration at TY Park in Hollywood, Florida.
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Yom L’Chayal 2011: A Day to Salute Our Soldiers

This year’s Yom L’Chayal kicked off with The Orlando Jewish community for the very first time at Congregation Ohev Shalom. With a series of performances at Beth Torah, and Century Village, our entire community came together to stand as one with the people of Israel.
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Miami Chapter Executive Board

Monica Sasson - President
Oscar Feldenkreis - Vice President
Paula Hertzberg
Dr. Shmuel Katz - Immediate Past President
Meir Izak
Evan Glassman - YL President
Yossef Tabachnik
Oren Kattan
Uzi Zohar
Paula Friedland
 

Past Presidents

Rafael Elkayam  Leon Tenenbaum
Nily Falic **
Miriam Zadok 
Nathan Lewinger  Dror Zadok 
   

Greater Miami Chapter Board of Director

Rabbi Mayer Abramowitz Amnon Kattan
Orly Alexander Evelyn Katz
Shlomo Attas Wendy Kirschenbaum
Dr. Ann Ballen Aguilar Sisel Klurman
Sergio Bister Dr. Rachel Lapidot
Paulette Bronstein Eugene Lebovitz
Marcel Calef Rosy Lofer
Miguel Chocron Dr. Mauricio Lynn
Pini Dagan Iris Lynn
Rose Dagan Brad Meier
Robert Danial Avi Mizrachi
Gil Dezer Dan Morr
Joseph Dobryman Ronit Neuman
Fima Falic Z”L Aviva Oberlender
Tibor Feldmar Dr. Shirley Press
Claude Furman Masza Rok
Sam Gasson Malcia Rothstein
Adrian Green Avi Samuels
Michelle Green Shoshana Shashua
Tzipi Holand Meryl Spigelman
Miriam Jacobi Josielewski Harry Tempkins
Malka Kaduri Michael Werner
Sandra Kaplan Nancy Yariv
Dan Karten Tzemach Yariv
Sandra Kaplan Tova Yemin
Dan Karten Alan Zinkin
  Tova Zohar


Dina Ben-Ari - Florida Regional Director
** FIDF National Chairman


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