More Tri-State Triumphs: Long Island Highlights 2016
A huge thank you to the entire Long Island community for all the love and outpouring support you have shown the soldiers of Israel. Besides our two annual galas, we hosted community events throughout the region with local initiatives all over the Island to fundraise for IDF soldiers. Our incredible teens stepped up with their own fundraiser to support their brothers and sisters in Israel, and members of our community enjoyed making meaningful connections while visiting the soldiers on trips to Israel.
The soldiers are so lucky to have you!
Liron Kreitman, Long Island Director
Please enjoy a few more highlights from our year…
Physicians Group Kickoff Event in January
FIDF Long Island Physicians Group Kickoff Event
What an inspirational evening! On Wednesday, January 20, the Friends of the IDF Long Island Physicians Group held its very first kickoff event at the New York Breast Reconstruction Associates. Over 30 physicians joined together as we welcomed Staff Sgt. Jimmy and Dr. Eyal Gur to share their stories, from their service in the IDF to where they are today. Read More
Lawyer Event with IDF Soldiers in March
Hosted by Neil Garfinkel and Barry Margolis at the Manhattan offices of Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, this event brought FIDF supporters together with IDF soldiers for an informative afternoon of shared stories and solidarity. A courageous group with diverse backgrounds traveled from Israel to participate; they included young men and women from Ethiopia, Tajikistan, and Japan whose impressive achievements include overseeing missile interception launches and gathering field evidence behind enemy lines.
Teen Leadership Family Fun Day in September
More than 100 Long Islanders gathered on Sunday, September 26th at Saddle Rock Park in Great Neck for Long Island teen leadership’s Family Fun Day. Teen leaders shone with an afternoon of games, snacks, Israeli tunes, and even a self-made Shuk. The event raised $3,250 to benefit Israeli role models serving in the IDF and the Long Island chapter doubled those funds with a matching gift. Created by teen leaders Natalie Ben-Josef, Michael Maslavi, Tyler Moradof, Aaron Sheena, and Lior Sanilevich, Family Fun Day provided a wonderful day out for the community.
IDF Ensemble Concert in December
THE IDF ENSEMBLE TAKES LONG ISLAND
We are overjoyed with the incredible turn-out at Long Island’s IDF Ensemble Concert at Temple Beth Shalom, as well as the enthusiastic response to the Ensemble performances at North Shore Hebrew Academy and JFK Elementary. READ MORE
And, of course, our two glorious galas in June and September...
OVER 400 LONG ISLAND COMMUNITY LEADERS GATHER AT FIDF BENEFIT, RAISING $315,000 TO SUPPORT ISRAELI SOLDIERS
Our Long Island Five Towns and Greater South Shore Fifth Annual Community Event honored local Lone Soldier families and warmly welcomed keynote speaker and bereaved IDF mother, Miriam Peretz, who told of finding “comfort in knowing that my sons have fallen so that you may live peacefully and always have a home in Israel.” READ MORE
THANKING YOU: $1.2 raised for Israel's soldiers at 11th Long Island Gala
We cannot possibly thank you enough for joining us last night -- along with 600 devoted lay leaders and FIDF supporters -- for the FIDF Long Island 11th Annual IDF Appreciation Evening at Fresh Meadow Country Club. Because of your presence and support, we raised over $1.2 million to embrace and empower Israel's brave young men and women soldiers. Thank you for this stellar success! READ MORE
Our Long Island 11th Annual IDF Appreciation Evening 2016 celebrated the incredible diversity IDF soldiers following their passion to protect Israel, and the devoted Long Island community gathered in solidarity and support.