Note: This is a past article from January 14, 2016
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FRIENDS OF THE
IDF (FIDF) 5rd ANNUAL GALA
Gala Chairs - Dana and Michael Werner
Gala Co-chairs Sandy and Stanley Mallin
Gala Co-chair Arlene Blut and Dr. Adele Zorn
captivating evening gala for the 5rd
Annual FRIEND OF ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCES (FIDF) LAS VEGAS 2015 GALA was held
at The Venetianís Grand
Ballroom. The Gala
was chaired by FIDF National Board Members, Dana and Michael Werner and Co-
Chairs Arlene and Jerome L. Blut and Sandra and
Rabbi Yocheved Mintz with Max and Joanne Friedland
Las Vegas Family of IDF Soldier
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.
Henry and Edy Kronberg with security guards
recent terrorist attacks, security was tightened upon entering the FIDF Gala
and also ID had to be shown.
Everyone understood, but this created longer time for guests to enter
started in the outer Ballroom with a cocktail reception and silent auction.
Guests mingled, enjoyed cocktails,
passed hors díoeuvres and had their pictures taken.
Guests and IDF soldier on (r)
(L) Art and Bonnie Marshall and guest
Haim Ventura (center) and wife Fran Fine
then seated in The Grand Ballroom for dinner and program. The Honor Guard
entered and singer Joanna Petri sang both the Israeli National Anthem
(Hatikva) and U.S. National Anthem. Joanna later beautifully sang Yerushalayim Shel Zahav. The evening program began with distinguished LV
criminal defense attorney, David Z. Chesnoff serving as the eveningís Master of
Ceremonies. He introduced the beautiful Dana Werner who welcomed and thanked
everyone. Dana said we must stand with Israelís 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. She had
specifically mentioned Peter Weintraub, FIDF
National President who had come from New York and introduced him to give the
Master of Ceremonies - David Chesnoff
Dana Werner at Podium welcoming guests
Entertainment - singer, Joanna Petri
Peter Weintraub spoke about the
fragile and unstable strategic challenges that face Israel and that Israel
must be very strong and ready to face our enemies. He spoke about the onslaught of resurgent anti-semitism and of Israel receiving unwarranted worldly
anti-Israel propaganda, even in schools and colleges. Peter said that Israel
has to keep positive, and do what it has to do.
Peter Weintraub (Natl. Pres.) and wife with Dana Werner (Center)
Gala Chair Dana Werner with singer, Joanna Petri
Gala Chair Michael Werner with Dr. Adele Zorn
Sheldon Adelson for donating the Ballroom for
the event. It was also his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelsonís birthday and Happy Birthday was sung to her.
was during Channukah and the 5th
Channukah candle was lit.
Lighting Chanukkah 5th candle
Henry Kronberg, Stanley Mallin and guests
next on the program. The Dinner Committee consisted of: Janet and David
Boom, Arlene and Jerome L. Blut, Diane and Kenny
Epstein, Helen and Bobby Feldman, Alexandra and Jonathan Gudai, Sandra and Stanley Mallin, Orly and Howard
Perlman, Fran Fine and Haim Ventura, Lucille and
Daniel Weinberger and Noam Ziv/TIVOLI.
Salad Ė Baby iceberg wedge with eggs, marinated potatoes, green beans,
teardrop tomatoes and creamy horseradish dressing
Chicken Breast (roasted) with couscous and raisins
Served with Roasted Brussle Sprout, Rainbow Carrot and Thyme Chicken
Dessert: Parve Chocolate Cake
Noam Gershony and IDF Lieutenant Enbal Grintzvaig.
Many have paid the ultimate
price for Israel to survive and both honorees have done that.
Noam Gerhony gave a very stirring speech. He was in a very
bad mission with many of his IDF close friends who died. Noam was in a
helicopter that collided with another, became uncontrolled and crashed 6,000
feet. His close friend who was the co-pilot died. Noam was so severely,
injured breaking nearly every bone in his body, the doctors didnít think he
would survive. He was in a coma and
when he awoke he had no memory and couldnít speak. He fought to live and
after a 6 month hospital stay and losing his leg and suffering many injuries
he won his battle to survive. Noam persevered, learned to walk with a
prosthetic, involved himself in sports, started skiing, cycling 35 miles,
playing tennis and competed representing Israel and won the Gold Medal in
the London 2012 Tennis Paraplegic Wheelchair Olympics. A video was shown of how he did all this and his
admirable positive attitude was extremely inspiring to all. Noam Gershony said he focuses on what he can do, not what he canít do.
Honoree - Noam Gershony
Honoree - IDF 1st. Lt. (Res) Enbal Grintzvaig
was 1st. Lieutenant (Res.) Enbal
Grintzvaig. This amazing IDF woman unfortunately
lost her twin brother Avi as he fought in the
IDF. She gave a moving speech about him and how they grew up together. She
was so close to him and they both felt honored to be in the IDF. Although
she is saddened by his loss, her desire to continue to do her work in the
IDF has never changed. The FDIF
audience did a moment of silence to honor her brother Staff Sgt. Avrham Grintzvaig.
Gala Chair Michael Werner with Son
A very large
amount of monetary pledges were given to the FIDF by many of the guests and
at the end, Sheldon Adelson said he would match
the total amount of all the pledges with his pledge. This yearís FIDF Las
Vegas Gala raised over $800,000 with Adelsonís
help. Sheldon also
invited 35 Chabbad students from
UNLV to the gala with Chabbad Rabbi Tzvi and Rebitzen Rivki. The Adelsonís were
also thanked for their generous contribution enabling the participation by
60 Las Vegas Birthright Israel Almni, CUFI on
Campus and IAC to attend the gala.
(center) UNLV Chabbad Rabbi Tzvi and Rivki and their students
Nily Falic and Son
Meir Klifi-Amir, Nili Falic, Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, Dana Werner, Gila
Dignitaries, FIDF supporters from all parts of the country,
and local guests attended the Annual FIDF Las Vegas Gala. Prominent FIDF
leaders included FIDF National Chairman Emeritus, Nily Falic and FIDF
National Director and CEO, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir. Others were; CEO of Las Vegas Sands
Corporation, Sheldon Adelson, and his wife Miriam, Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo, NV Assemblyman, Stephen H.
Silberkraus, NV State Treasurer Dan Schwartz, E-
Alís former head of security Isaac Yeffer,
Jewish Federation LV Pres. Todd Polikoff, UNLV
VP Dr. William Bolt, LV Jewish Film Festival Director Joshua Abbey and FIDF
scholarship recipient Sgt. (Ares.) Shai,
guests attended this wonderful event which raised over $800,000. The funds raised at the Gala will go
towards preserving the wellbeing of the brave young men and women who serve
in the Israel Defense Forces.