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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak at Virtual FIDF National Gala

NEW YORK — Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) will hold its 2020 National Gala online. The first-ever virtual FIDF National Gala, a coast-to-coast celebration, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 13. The evening, themed “A Night of Heroes,” will begin at 7 p.m. pm EDT.

Many distinguished guests are expected to participate in the gala, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir ‑ who will be succeeded in September by incoming FIDF National Director and CEO Steven Weil – will give a farewell speech after six years of unprecedented organizational growth.

FIDF National Chairman Rabbi Peter Weintraub and Israeli-American actress, model, and host Moran Atias will preside as masters of ceremonies

FIDF’s National Gala is one of the largest and most prestigious galas in the American Jewish philanthropic community. This year’s gala will bring together thousands of FIDF supporters representing all chapters across the United States to express their appreciation for the brave young soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), who risk their lives to protect the State of Israel and the Jewish people worldwide.

This FIDF initiative aims to enable the global FIDF family to unite for an unprecedented night of giving and extraordinary solidarity, saluting Israel’s IDF protectors, despite the limitations posed by the pandemic.

The program will feature several segments to honor IDF soldiers, including Lone Soldiers, who join the IDF with no immediate family in Israel. A segment titled “Air, Land, and Sea,” in which active-duty soldiers will take the audience on a dynamic and action-packed training mission, will open the special event. A segment focusing on one family’s multigenerational story will highlight FIDF’s Witnesses in Uniform Program.

FIDF was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors as a 501(C) (3) not-for-profit organization with the mission of offering educational, cultural, recreational, and social programs and facilities that provide hope, purpose, and life-changing support for the soldiers who protect Israel and Jews worldwide. Today, FIDF has more than 150,000 loyal supporters, and 24 chapters throughout the United States and Panama. FIDF proudly supports IDF soldiers, families of fallen soldiers, and wounded veterans through a variety of innovative programs that reinforce the vital bond between the communities in the United States, the soldiers of the IDF, and the state of Israel. For more information, please visit:

Registration is open for the event,


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