Friends of Israel Defense Forces to host ‘solidarity gathering’ in Manhattan


What was supposed to be the Friends of Israel Defense Forces national gala has morphed into a “solidarity gathering’ on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers in Manhattan at 5:30 p.m.

Itzik Cohen, who plays Capt. Ayub on the Netflix television show “Fauda” will emcee, pop star Noa Kirel and former IDF Chief of the General Staff Aviv Kochavi will be among the special guests. Kirel will sing “Hatikvah,” the Israeli national anthem, Kochavi will provide a briefing and award-winning violinist Bar Markovich will also perform.

Established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors, the FIDF is a nonprofit organization that aims to help IDF soldiers with their cultural, educational, financial needs. The FIDF supports the soldiers, before, during and after their military service as well as families of fallen soldiers and wounded veterans.

The group is the only organization in the United States authorized by the IDF to raise money for its soldiers’ humanitarian needs, which includes items such as ambulances, field hospitals, hygiene kits, medical devices and plasma.

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