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Oct. 31, East Rutherford, N.J. – The former head of Israel’s Navy, three former IDF Lone Soldiers, and active-duty Israeli soldiers will join prominent lay leaders and supporters of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) from across NJ for the New Jersey FIDF Chapter’s 10th Annual Gala. The event, supporting wellbeing and educational programs for the men and women of the IDF, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Hilton Secaucus Meadowlands in East Rutherford.


Joining the event will be former Lone Soldiers Sammy Bar-Or, Mike Gross, and Avi Oren. The New Jersey Chapter, also known as the “Lone Soldier” Chapter, was founded in 2005 when all three men reunited after their service in the IDF, to provide aid to soldiers serving in Israel without any immediate family in the country.


The event’s Guest of Honor will be IDF Adm. (Ret.) Eliezer Marum, former Commander of the Israeli Navy. Marum graduated from the IDF Naval Officer’s Course in 1975 and during his military service held various command and staff positions, including Head of the Operational Intelligence Department, Commander of the Fast Missile Boat Division and Commander of the Advanced Naval Command Course. He served as the IDF representative at the United States Joint Forces Command, and as Israel’s Defense Attaché in Singapore. In 2007, Marum was appointed Commander in Chief of the Israeli Navy, and, until the end of his term in 2011, participated in and commanded various operations at sea, most of which were never made public.


Special guests will include three active-duty IDF soldiers: Lt. David, Commander of the Gefen Brigade Platoon, First Sgt. Yonat, an IDF Paramedic, and Sgt. Avinoam, whoserved in the Nachal Brigade.


Lt. David fought in an infiltration incident in Nir-Am, where the commander of the Gefen Brigade, Lt. Col. Dolev Keidar Z"L, was killed. In addition, two of David’s close friends were killed in combat. First Sgt. Yonat, an IDF Paramedic, initially served for 14 months in the Nachal Reconnaissance Battalion, but a day before her scheduled discharge, Israel launched Operation Pillar of Defense, and she served in Gaza. Yonat helped treat multiple amputees during that conflict. She was ultimately discharged in Dec., 2012. Sgt. Avinoam, an FIDF IMPACT! Scholarship recipient and Lone Soldier, made Aliyah in 2007 to join the IDF.


Other prominent attendees include Master of Ceremonies, Former Vice President of the FIDF New York Young Leadership Division and current FIDF New Jersey Chapter supporter, Tal Bar-Or; FIDF National Executive Director, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir; FIDF Chief Executive Officer, Alan E. Scholnick; FIDF National Director and CEO Emeritus, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon; and FIDF Director of New Jersey, Howard Gases.


About Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF):

FIDF was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors as a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing and supporting educational, social, cultural, and recreational programs and facilities for the heroic men and women of the IDF. Today, FIDF has more than 120,000 loyal supporters, and 15 regional offices throughout the U.S. and Panama. FIDF proudly offers its support to the IDF soldiers and their families through a variety of unique and innovative programs. These opportunities 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: