FRIENDS OF THE IDF (FIDF) 7th ANNUAL
by DR. ADELE ZORN
A captivating evening gala for
the 7th Annual FRIENDS OF ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCES (FIDF)
LAS VEGAS 2017 GALA was held at The Venetian’s Murano Ballroom.
The Gala was chaired by FIDF National Board Members,
Dana and Michael Werner.
Friends of Israel Defense
Forces (FIDF) help support educational, social, cultural and
recreational programs and facilities for the heroic men and women of the IDF.
These opportunities reinforce the vital bond between the communities in the
United States, the soldiers of the IDF, and the State of Israel. FIDF also
supports the families of fallen soldiers. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) job
is to look after Israel and the FIDF job is to look after them.
District Attorney Steve Wolfson, with Lily and Garry Hart
Michael McDonald - NV Republican Party President and Judge Joe Boneventure
Sheriff Joe Lombardi at FIDF Gala
The event started in the outer
Ballroom where guests mingled, enjoyed cocktails and had their pictures taken.
Afterwards guests were seated
for dinner, program and entertainment. The LVMPD Honor Guard and members of
the IDF entered stagewise. As guest silently stood
Omer Shaish, member of
Kol Esperanza sang both
the Israeli National Anthem (Hatikva) and U.S. God
Bless America Anthem. The program began with
Dana Werner welcoming remarks and
thanking everyone for attending. Dana said we must stand with Israel’s brave
men and women in uniform. While they stand guard over the Jewish homeland, and
Jews everywhere, it is our job to do everything we can to support them. Dana
mentioned many of the distinguished guests who had come from far and near for
this special event. Dana’s son and wife Laura, with young son Benjamin came
onstage and adorable Benjamin also spoke about Israel.
Benjamin Hershman with his Mom and Mike Tyson
Dr. Adele Zorn with Master of Ceremonies Brooke Goldstein
Master of Ceremonies was the
delightful Brooke Goldstein, Human Rights Attorney, Author and Award-Winning
Filmmaker who did a remarkable job for the event.
Adaddi, the talented composer/arranger/conductor with his world-class
singers of Kol
Esperanza brought spectacular entertainment to the FIDF Gala.
Diana and David Chesnoff – FIDF Honoree and Dana Werner, chairperson of FIDF
Kol Esperanza Group
David Z.Chesnoff, Esq. The distinguished Honoree
of the event was introduced. David Chesnoff has
been practicing criminal law in Las Vegas for the last 37 years. He has built
a national practice representing high-profile
clients from the business and entertainment industries, nationally and
internationally. David graduated cum laude from Alfred University in 1976 and
went on to graduate from
Suffolk University Law
School in 1979, where he was recently awarded an
Honorary Doctor of Law Degree. David Chesnoff had lived in Israel as a young boy and he and
his family have been supporters of Israel and the
IDF since Israel’s birth in 1948.
David spoke of his love for
Israel both amusing and heartwarming. The audience appreciated his remarks,
felt his emotions and gave him a standing ovation.
The Ballroom was packed with
many dignitaries and guests who were there to honor the distinguished honoree
David Z.Chesnoff, Esquire
Rabbi Yocheved Mintz and Dr. Adele Zorn
Haim Ventura, Rabbi Yehoshua Fromowitz, Fran Fine, Judge Elissa Cadish
Dinner was next on the program
and the HAMOTZI (blessing the meal) was by Rabbi Mendel Mintz, Founder and Director of Chabad Jewish Community Center, Aspen
Dinner was served
Salad: Red and
Gold Beets with Persimmon Puree, Watercress,
Carmelized Pine Nuts and Pomegranate Vinegrette
Dijon Glazed Chicken Breast with lemon Orzo and Roasted Campari Tomatoes,
Rainbow Carrots and Roasted Pearl Onions.
(Vegetarian Option – Change
Chicken to Quinoa Cakes)
Homemade Macarron with Vegan Pastry Cream,
Blueberry Jelly Center and Forest
The program continued with three individuals who were
called onstage and spoke about how the FIDF helped them.
FIDF soldier Staff Sgt. Reno
FIDF soldier Staff Sgt. Sharon
Staff Sgt. Reno was an alone IDF soldier. FIDF
did so much to make him feel like family
Staff Sgt. Sharon IDF soldier spoke about the
works of female IDF soldiers
Daniel who stars and
plays a counterterrorism operative in the hit Israeli Netflix series "Fauda"
Yakov Daniel - FIDF Impact! Graduate and Star of Netflix show "Fauda"
Yakov’s college education was sponsored through
FIDF's IMPACT! Scholarship
Without FIDF the series “Fauda” would not have
Videos were shown across the
entire front of the Ballroom showing some of the IDF soldiers conflicts both
amazing and sorrowful..
Standing with Israel many
substantial monetary donations were given by individuals who stood and spoke
about their reasons for Standing with Israel.
MC. Brooke Goldstein added up the donations and said
$343,250,000 was raised at the Gala. In addition, thanks to the generosity of
Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson,
The Adelson Family Foundation will match all new and
increased gifts made in connection with the 2017 Las Vegas FIDF Gala, up to
Sheriff Joe Lombardi with Dr. Adele Zorn
U.S. Army Mathew Levine and wife Ifat (from Israel)
Congratulations to the FDIF Gala
and all those involved for a very successful and interesting event.