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Israeli Defense Forces Spokeswoman Addresses Jewish National Funds’ Women For Israel

At the Jewish National Fund's Women for Israel luncheon, were, from left: Co-Chair Amanda Bialack, JNF Major Gifts Director Jodi Marcus, JNF Los Angeles Board President Alyse Golden Berkley, Libby Weiss, JNF National Campaign Director Sharon Freedman, Co-Chair Deena Singer, Co-Chair Civia Caroline, and JNF National Women for Israel President Myra Chack Fleischer.
JNF National Campaign Director Sharon Freedman and Honorary Event Chair Beverly Cohen.

Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 2:57 pm

Jewish National Fund’s Women for Israel (WFI) held its annual luncheon Tuesday, May 14 at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The event featured former Israeli Defense Forces Spokesoman Captain (Res.) Libby Weiss and the audience was treated to surprise remarks from the Mayor of Sderot, Alon Davidi.

Co-chaired by Amanda Bialack, Civia Caroline and Deena Singer, with honorary chair Beverly Cohen, the event took place on the anniversary of the day Israel declared its Independence; and strongly demonstrated Jewish National Fund’s dedication to the land and people of Israel.

Captain Weiss recounted her experience growing up in Portland, Ore., and during high school, attending Jewish National Fund’s Alexander Muss High School in Israel, which helped secure her connection to Israel.

In speaking about her experience working as head of International Social Media for the IDF, she said: “The journey from the battlefield to the headline is short. I had a front-row seat during conflicts and know how the truth can be manipulated.”

She also recounted the humanitarian work of the IDF, such as when members traveled across the world to set up field hospitals in Haiti and the Philippines following natural disasters.

Mayor Davidi was grateful for the opportunity to address the room full of women and thanked them for their support: “When Sderot is strong, Israel is strong. When you support Jewish National Fund, Sderot is strong.”

“Our Women for Israel is a strong, dynamic group of committed American women philanthropists who work tirelessly to improve the lives of Israelis,” said Jewish National Fund Associated Director Lisa Shaoul. “We are so proud of the breadth and depth of our work and hope to continue making an impactful difference so that our Jewish homeland will continue to blossom and lives will continue to flourish.”

To learn more about JNF-USA, contact Shaoul at 323-964-400 , ext. 960 or LShaoul@jnf.org. 

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