Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) National Chairman Rabbi Peter Weintraub; National Chairman Emeritus Dr. Nily Falic; National Board Members and Las Vegas Chapter Founders Dana and Michael Werner; and National Director and CEO Steven Weil issued the following statement on the sudden passing of business magnate, philanthropist, and steadfast supporter of Israel Sheldon G. Adelson z”l:

“Today we lost a beloved friend, dear partner, and true Zionist. His generous and unending support for the soldiers of Israel, and his commitment to the strength of the Jewish State and its people, have touched the lives of people all around the world and will live on in our hearts forever. The passing of Sheldon Adelson is a tremendous loss, to us personally, and to the entire Jewish nation. Baruch Dayan HaEmet.”

A pillar of the Jewish community, Sheldon Adelson was one of FIDF’s greatest supporters. Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson were the honorees of the 2016 FIDF National New York Gala, where they were recognized with the inaugural FIDF “Defenders of Israel” award for their lifelong philanthropy and support for a multitude of causes in the U.S. and Israel. The Adelsons have adopted three Israel Defense Forces (IDF) brigades as part of the FIDF Adopt-A-Brigade program; the Kfir, Golani, and Givati Brigades. Profoundly committed to the future of Israel’s soldiers, the Adelsons have also contributed to FIDF’s education and scholarship programs over the years.