FIDF Western Region Hosts Intimate Reception for Soldiers of Nahal Haredi

On February 9, 2015, over 100 people joined together at the renowned Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, California for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Nahal Haredi Fundraiser. The Nahal Haredi is a battalion in the IDF’s Kfir Brigade for religious Israelis who serve in the army while following their beliefs. The intimate event was chaired by Judy and David Hager, Honorable Lisa Korbatov, and Adrianne and Robert Zarnegin. The co-chairs were Leo David, Ilanit and Michael Fallas, Gila and Adam Milstein, Pouran and Parviz Nazarian, Soraya and Younes Nazarian, and Linda and Tony Rubin. 

Notable guests who attended the event included Lt. General Shaul Mofaz, Rabbi Tzvi Klebanow, President and Co-Founder of Amutat Netzah Yehuda (Nahal Haredi), Colonel (Res.) Yonatan Branski, CEO of Amutat Netzah Yehuda (Nahal Haredi), Corporal Adriel Bienn of the Netzah Yehuda battalion. The event was hosted by Fred Gluckman, FIDF National and Western Region Board Member. 

During the captivating program, Haim Saban, dedicated FIDF supporter, emphasized the importance of America standing together with the State of Israel by looking after the brave young men and women of the IDF. 

The incredible program also featured powerful speeches by lone soldier Corporal Adriel Bienn, who serves in Nahal Haredi, and honoree Lt. General Shaul Mofaz, who served as head of the Southern Command and Planning Division, Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief of Operations. Since his military days, Lt. General Shaul Mofaz has served in the Israeli government as Minister of Transportation, Deputy Prime Minister, and the head of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. 

Corporal Adriel Bienn, who grew up in a conservative household in Seattle, Washington explained that Nahal Haradi, “was made to be a healthy and easy transition--- from the life of learning the holy Torah, to army life, and then eventually to working life.” He continued by acknowledging the audience’s role in supporting his battalion: “And you, the Friends of the IDF—you too play your part in protecting the State of Israel. I know that first hand, through the countless support my friends in my unit and I have received through your generosity. Being a Lone Soldier is not always easy, to live the difficult life of a soldier with your closest friends and family thousands of miles away, but you have been there for me for every step of this journey.”

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