FIDF Greater Miami Solidarity Gala raises over $2.5M to support Israeli soldiers


HOLLYWOOD, Fla., March 4 – Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer addressed the dynamic Mideast security situation in Israel on Thursday at the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Greater Miami Solidarity Dinner. More than 900 supporters from across Florida gathered for the gala, one of the Miami Jewish community’s largest events, raising more than $2.5 million to support educational and well-being programs for the brave men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

“The FIDF is a great organization whose important work helps support those who are on the front lines defending the one and only Jewish state,” said Dermer. “Israel faces great challenges from Iran’s terror proxies, from almost daily Palestinian terror attacks, and from a rising tide of militant Islam throughout the Middle East. So I'm proud that so many in my home community came out to support our troops. It’s a testament to how strong support for Israel is in South Florida. May you continue to go from strength to strength.”

Also attending were Israel Border Police Cpl. “R,” who was stabbed in the neck by a terrorist in Jerusalem’s Old City this past June, but managed to shoot and kill his attacker before collapsing; Sgt. Gilad, a Lone Soldier – serving in the IDF without any immediate family in Israel – originally from Miami who commands a squad in the elite Golani Brigade; FIDF IMPACT! Scholarship recipient Sgt. (Res.) Shai; Staff Sgt. (Res.) Sahar, a Lone Soldier originally from Orange County, California, who was awarded a Chief of General Staff Citation for his outstanding gallantry during Operation Protective Edge in 2014; and Israeli Air Force 1st Lt. Shir.

The evening paid tribute to Isaac Olemberg, who was honored with the FIDF Lifetime Achievement Award for his generous support of Israel’s soldiers. Co-chairing the event were Jeanette and Jacky Bibliowicz.

Other distinguished guests included FIDF National Chairman Emeritus Nily Falic; FIDF Miami President Oscar Feldenkreis; FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir; and FIDF Florida Executive Director Dina Ben Ari.

“Israel’s courageous men and women in uniform put everything on the line to protect the Jewish homeland – and Jews around the world,” said Ben Ari. ““While their job is to look after Israel, ours is to look after them.”

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