FIDF Western Region Saving Live Gala
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Western Region and the Russian community of Los Angeles once again joined forces on June 14, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the 4th annual Saving Lives Gala. The Saving Lives Gala illuminated the steadfast relationship between Friends of the Israel Defense Forces and the Russian Community of Los Angeles, raising more than $450,000 in support of Israel’s heroic soldiers.
The moving program featured the inspiring stories of 3 IDF soldiers, including an IMPACT! student whose higher education was sponsored by the generous Russian Community of Los Angeles, a captain in the Special Operation Engineering Unit, and a lone soldier from Los Angeles who was reunited with his surprised parents before our very eyes. Other distinguished speakers included Major General (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir, FIDF National Director and CEO, Tony Rubin, FIDF Western Region President, and Consul General David Siegel. The event was emceed by comedian, actor, writer, and producer Dan Ahdoot.
The distinguished 2015 Si Frumkin Award, an annual award that pays tribute to the late activist Si Frumkin (z’’l), was presented to FIDF Western Region Founder and Chairman Leo David. Mr. David’s greatest love and priority has always been the brave soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces. He passionately stated, “It inspires me to give back to the soldiers only a very small fraction of what they give to me, to you, and to Jewish people all over the world.”
The evening’s success was in large part due to the tireless efforts of the Gala Board, Executive Committee, and Gala Committee. The Saving Lives Gala Board was once again comprised of Ludmila Bess, M.D., Ella Frumkin, Alexander Gershman, M.D., Marina Greenberg, M.B.A., Michael Landver, Eugene Levin and Yelena Vaynerov, M.D.
The Executive Committee members were Irina Bess, M.B.A., Michael Finkel, Natalie Glosman, Lana Guralnik, Victoria Lyubarsky, Bella Finkel Moshkovich, Rita Rubinstein, Isabella Svilik, Julie Zaks and Stella Zilber.
The Platinum Sponsors and Gala Committee members were Bank Leumi USA, Yulia & Arthur Benjamin, M.D., Irina Bess, M.B.A. & Oleg Bess, M.D., Ludmila Bess, M.D. & Fred Bess, Galina Blank, Esq., Tatiana & Emil Borokhovich, Monica & David Boros, Marina Burstein, M.D. & Sam Burstein, M.D., Bill & Betty Byron, Igal Elyassi, D.D.S., Dorit & Shawn Evenhaim, Nily Falic and family, Samuel Fersht, Ph.D. & Maya Gibalevich Fersht, Yelena & Michael Finkel, Michael Flesch, Edward & Valentina Frid, Sasha & Vicky Frid, Jean & Jerry Friedman, Ella & Si (z’’l) Frumkin, Ekaterina Galina, D.D.S. & Eugene Glosman, Natalia & Alexander Gershman, M.D., Lana Geyber, M.D. & Peter Geyber, Daniel & Galina Gibalevich, Natalie & Leonid Glosman, D.D.S., Marina Gold, M.D. & Pavel Liskovsky, Marina Greenberg, M.B.A. & Igor Greenberg, Lana & Ben Guralnik, D.D.S., Irena Hauser & Sophia Kryszek, the Holender family, ICI Development Company, Israeli-American Council, Michael Karlin, Dr. Diana Katsman, M.D., Ph.D., Dr. Zinaida Furman, M.D. & Dr. Vladimir Katzman, Ph.D., Celia & Arkady Kelman, Kids World, Vera Kleynberg, M.D. & Leonid Kleynberg, M.D., Sinaida Kniter, D.D.S. & Khaim Koifman, M.D., Ada & Henry Krigmont, Ph.D., Vera & Michael Landver, Helen & Eugene Levin, Maria, Martin & Sam Licker, Victoria Lyubarsky, Sofia & Walter Makovoz, Ph.D., Nava & Eli Marmur, Maximum Care Hospice, Inc., Drs. Marina & George Mednik, M.D., Aliza & Chaim Mintz, Bella & Steven Moshkovich, Kira & Gennady Musher, M.D., Ph.D., Lilia & Vlad Nusinovich, M.D., Margaret & Leon Peck, D.D.S., Ph.D., Zoya Preys, M.D. & Gennady Orlovetsky (z”l), D.D.S., Lyudmila Prudkov, Linda & Tony Rubin, Rita & Gennady Rubinstein, M.D., Rebecca & Ari Ryan, Cheryl & Haim Saban, Debra & Naty Saidoff, Dr. Israel & Eugenia Salin, Emil & Elena Shamis, Bella & Simon Shpitalnik, Izabella & Eduard Sirota, Isabella & Alan Svilik, Eli & Dafna Tene, Zakhar & Yelena Vaynerov, M.D., Isaac Verbukh, M.D., David Wiener, YaYa Group & Yochi Ben, Robert & Adrianne Zarnegin, Inga Zhibkova & Dimitriy Grinberg, CPA, and Stella Zilber & Michael Umansky.
The Saving Lives Gala highlighted the tremendous support the Russian Community of Los Angeles has for FIDF and the men and women who selflessly risk their lives to protect the State of Israel.