More Tri-State Triumphs: New Jersey Highlights 2016
The NJ Chapter had a wonderful and exciting 2016 with many programs and community events held in support of the soldiers of the IDF. We were also honored to have so many of our own New Jersey Lone Soldiers and their families participating.
The Annual IDF Tribute Dinner is always the highlight of the year bringing 450 people together and raising close to $1 million dollars. In addition, former Apache Helicopter pilot (wounded in combat) Noam Gershony spoke throughout the state as part of continued efforts to bring soldiers to homes and synagogues to educate residents about the IDF.
The IDF Musical Ensemble also performed at various venues bringing the music and spirit of the IDF and parlor meetings throughout the year brought our devoted supporters together for the cause.
It was a great year and I encourage our readers to join us in 2017.
Howard Gases, New Jersey Director
Please enjoy a few highlights from our year…
Wounded IDF Hero and Paralympic Gold Medalist Noam Gershoni Speaks at Three September Events
Wounded Israeli hero Paralympic gold medalist Noam Gershony spoke at events across Northern New Jersey to raise awareness and support for FIDF and its well-being programs for wounded soldiers of the IDF. Hosted by Congregation Anshe Chesed in Linden, Congregation Adath Shalom in Morris Plains, and Valley Chabad in Woodcliff Lake, these gatherings raised funds to benefit wounded IDF soldiers during and after their rehabilitation process, providing these most deserving veterans with a second chance to live their lives without limitations through well-being, rehabilitative, and recreational activities.
Six years before winning the gold medal for wheelchair tennis at the 2012 London Paralympics, Gershony’s Israeli Air Force Apache helicopter crashed in Lebanon, killing his co-pilot and severely wounding the future champion: “After my injury I wondered, why did I survive? I used to be able to fly an Apache and now I can barely walk up four steps. That’s when I decided never to let myself become depressed – no matter what the situation,” said Gershony. “Now I know that I’m a very lucky guy: I fell 6,000 feet to what should have been my death, and I rose again.”
FIDF and Israel Bonds Present the IDF Musical Ensemble in Concert
Another successful IDF Musical Ensemble performance hosted by the New Jersey Chapter!
Soldiers from the IDF Ensemble pose with holocaust survivor Eddie Mosberg and students from the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy/Rae Kushner
Yeshiva High School:
And, of course, our glorious gala in November...
FRIENDS OF THE IDF BENEFIT IN NJ RAISES NEARLY $1M TO SUPPORT ISRAELI SOLDIERS
Our New Jersey 12th Annual IDF Tribute Dinner 2016 spotlighted the state’s proud Lone Soldier tradition and brought terrorism survivors together with stories from a blinded young man who stepped up to serve in IDF intelligence and guest speaker Brigitte Gabriel, a Lebanese Christian global anti-terrorism advocate, who lauded the IDF as “a shining light in the darkest corner of the world -- even as it fights on the front lines against the vicious scourge of terrorism." Read More