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FRIENDS OF THE IDF (FIDF) 7th ANNUAL GALA
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.

Tomer 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 Gala

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 :
Dinner Menu:
Salad: Red and Gold Beets with Persimmon Puree, Watercress,
Carmelized Pine Nuts and Pomegranate Vinegrette
Entrée: Seared Dijon Glazed Chicken Breast with lemon Orzo and Roasted Campari Tomatoes,
Orange Glazed Rainbow Carrots and Roasted Pearl Onions.
(Vegetarian Option – Change Chicken to Quinoa Cakes)
Dessert: Individual Homemade Macarron with Vegan Pastry Cream,
Blueberry Jelly Center and Forest Berry Sauce


FIDF soldier Staff Sgt. Reno

FIDF soldier Staff Sgt. Sharon
The program continued with three individuals who were called onstage and spoke about how the FIDF helped them.
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

Yakov Daniel - FIDF Impact! Graduate and Star of Netflix show "Fauda"

Yakov Daniel
Yakov Daniel who stars and plays a counterterrorism operative in the hit Israeli Netflix series "Fauda"
Yakov’s college education was sponsored through FIDF's IMPACT! Scholarship Program.
Without FIDF the series “Fauda” would not have been made.

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 $500,000.


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.





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