One hundred and fifty of New York’s most prestigious real estate professionals gathered for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) New York Real Estate Division Eighth Annual Golf Outing this past Monday to support the FIDF well-being and educational programs for IDF soldiers.

The Monday event at Glen Oaks Country Club honored the Meridian Capital Group, one of the nation’s most prominent commercial real estate finance, investment sales, and retail leasing advisors.

“Meridian is humbled and honored to be this year’s honoree. FIDF is an exceptional organization that has made a lasting and meaningful impact on generations of soldiers, veterans, and their loved ones,” said Chairman and CEO of Meridian Capital Group Ralph Herzka. “We are proud of FIDF’s work and pleased to be a part of this annual event.”

The FIDF New York Real Estate Division was created in 2006 by a group of successful business and philanthropic leaders who were passionate about uniting members of the real estate community to support the men and women who protect and defend the Jewish State. Since then, this division has helped support several projects, including the construction of a well-being center at the IDF Revaya Base for the 188th Armored Brigade’s 71st battalion. The Real Estate Division plays a central role in the activities of the FIDF Tri-State Region.

“We are amazed by the remarkable support from the New York Real Estate community,” said FIDF Affinity Groups Division Director Jessica Toledano. “It is so wonderful for our supporters to take a day to enjoy golf, tennis, and – most importantly - meet the soldiers who defend Israel and Jews worldwide, and thank them for their service.”

Other distinguished guests included FIDF New York Real Estate Division Chairman Shimon Shkury, Founder and President of Ariel Property Advisors; FIDF National Board Member and New York Real Estate Division Chairman Emeritus Ofer Yardeni, Chairman and CEO of Stonehenge Partners; FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir; and FIDF Tri-State Executive Director Galit Brichta.