More Tri-State Triumphs: Westchester/Connecticut Highlights 2016
As 2016 comes to a close, on behalf of the brave young men and women of the IDF, we would like to thank you and our entire Westchester/Connecticut community for the support you have shown over the course of the past year. Besides our two annual galas, we had numerous parlor meetings, concerts, and other local initiatives to fundraise and continue to get more people involved in FIDF throughout our region.
We can’t wait to see what 2017 holds for us and the soldiers are lucky to have you!
Anat Chavkin, Westchester/Connecticut Director
Please enjoy a few highlights from our year…
January Luncheon with FIDF National Director General (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir
On Wednesday, January 20th, thirty FIDF Westchester/CT supporters gathered for lunch in NYC to hear from FIDF National Director and CEO Major General (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir, who spoke about the current situation in Israel, and Staff Sergeant (Res.) Haim Kleiman, who spoke about his experiences being part of FIDF's IMPACT Scholarship! Program.
Father Gabriel Naddaf Speaks with Supporters in March
In March, Father Gabriel Naddaf came to speak to over 35 FIDF supporters in Connecticut. Father Naddaf's incredible story of strength, emotion and courage moved us all. He is an inspirational speaker, and we need many more spiritual leaders like him. Father Naddaf connected us all to the IDF, to Israel, and to each other. His words empowered us to stand behind Israel each and every day and be proud of who we are. Even though he pays an ultimate price every single day, being escorted by security guards all the time, Father Naddaf vows NOT to keep silence and keep on doing the holy work of educating Christians in Israel on getting recruited to the IDF.
Thank you to Naomi and Brad Berman for hosting us all in their beautiful home. We were also honored to have with us Sergeant Phil and Sergeant Daniel who lead by example of being Lone Soldiers in the IDF. We at FIDF vow to make sure that lone soldiers are NEVER alone!
Westchester Community Concert in March
On Monday, March 14th over 200 FIDF Westchester/CT supporters gathered together for a concert with the IDF Band. A special thank you to both our Westchester Community Sponsors and our Orchestra Sponsors for their generosity and support! To read more on this beautiful account from our own Westchester/CT donor Laura Rolnick, CLICK HERE
Soul Cycle Event in April
On Sunday April 17th, FIDF supporters gathered together at Soul Cycle Greenwich for a cycling class to raise money for our brave young men and women defending Israel.
Second Annual Women’s Luncheon in May
FIDF Westchester/Connecticut Chapter's Second Annual Women's Luncheon
We would like to take a moment to express our deepest gratitude for everyone who attended the lunch.
It warmed our hearts to have such a mixed group of women coming together - women from all over Westchester and CT - Bethel, Brookfield, Chappaqua, Cos Cob, Greenwich, Harrison, Mamaroneck, Mount Kisco, New Canaan, Newtown, Norwalk, Old Greenwich, Pound Ridge, Riverside, Scarsdale, Southington, Stamford, Weston, Westport, Wilton, and Woodbridge.
Lt. Ayelet, Captain Heli and Captain G (who wasn’t able to be photographed) join us by saying thank you all for coming from near and far to be there for the IDF soldiers.
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Wounded Veteran Delegation Shares in Parlor Meetings (NYC, Westport, Stamford) and More in July
July 2016 Wounded Soldier Delegation
HEROS - a week with wounded veterans. Despite their injuries, their feelings are: "We haven't finished our duty"
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Parlor Meeting with Miriam Perez in May
In May, FIDF supporters gathered at the home of Ella and Alex Gurevich to hear from Miriam Peretz, who is a mother who has lost two sons, both in the Golani Brigade, in the past 15 years. Miriam shared her personal story of darkness and light, of faith and hope, of sorrow and joy. She has become a symbol of strength and determination in Israel. It is the story of the people of Israel. In addition, attendees heard from an active-duty soldier, a Lone Soldier whose family is Lubavitch, Corporal Shneur Zalman from Los Angeles. He currently serves in Kfir infantry Brigade, battalion Netzach Yehuda (the ultra-Orthodox battalion).
And, of course, our two glorious galas in September...
A Record 350 Gather for Westchester FIDF Benefit Featuring Keynote by "The Green Prince"
Th The Westchester Annual Dinner 2016 gathered a record-breaking crowd of 350 devotees for compelling stories from IDF soldiers, including local Lone Soldiers; an insider conversation with “Green Prince” Mosab Hassan Yousef; and the IDF Ensemble joining in a moving song of remembrance for fallen heroes. . CLICK FOR MORE
Connecticut Leaders Gather for FIDF Gala Supporting Israeli Soldiers
The Connecticut Annual Dinner 2016 highlighted FIDF’s lifesaving work in an inspirational evening featuring 1stLieutenant Nir, who credited an FIDF-donated gym for the strength to survive Hamas attack, while celebrating courageous Connecticut Lone Soldiers. CLICK FOR MORE