Star of hit Netflix series ‘Fauda’ to speak at FIDF New Jersey tribute dinner
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Star of hit Netflix series ‘Fauda’ to speak at FIDF New Jersey tribute dinner

December 2, 2019 , 6:30 pm

Photo courtesy of Rona-Lee Shim’on.

Some 500 Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) supporters from across New Jersey will gather on Monday, December 2, for the 2019 FIDF New Jersey’ Tribute Dinner, featuring Israeli TV and film actress Rona-Lee Shim’on, co-star of the hit Netflix series “Fauda.” The event, themed “A Night of Heroes,” will salute Israel’s brave men and women in uniform and contribute to FIDF’s well-being and educational programs.

Shim’on, who plays the only woman in an Israeli counter-terrorism unit in the widely acclaimed Netflix series, will join emcee and TV personality Siggy Flicker and a delegation of visiting Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers for the event.

Among the participating IDF soldiers will be Cpl. Peri, from Manalapan, who serves as a welfare officer. Peri is a Lone Soldier – one who has enlisted in the IDF without having immediate family in Israel.

Co-chairing the dinner will be FIDF supporters Ellen Sokoloff and Annette Tauber Stern.

Other distinguished guests will include FIDF National Board members Sammy Bar-Or, Melinda Lowell Paltrow, and Lloyd Sokoloff; FIDF supporters Chic and Shelley Paradis; Donna Calcaterra, Gil Mayor, Aline Friedman, Allison Nagelberg, Saul Scherl, and Steve Mermelstein; FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir; FIDF Tri-State Executive Director Galit Brichta; and FIDF New Jersey Director Howard Gases.

“Our annual dinner will be a wonderful opportunity to meet active-duty soldiers of different backgrounds, all with the same goal of protecting Israel,” said Gases. “Our supporters from the community will have the chance to hear from Rona-Lee Shim’on, and thank the brave soldiers who defend Israel and directly benefit from FIDF’s important well-being and educational programs.”

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner and cocktails, and program and dessert at 7:45 p.m. All funds raised will go toward FIDF educational and well-being programs for IDF soldiers.


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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 offering educational, cultural, recreational, and social programs and facilities that provide hope, purpose, and life-changing support for the soldiers who protect Israel and Jews worldwide. Today, FIDF has more than 150,000 loyal supporters, and 24 chapters throughout the United States and Panama. FIDF proudly supports IDF soldiers, families of fallen soldiers, and wounded veterans through a variety of innovative programs that 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:


December 2, 2019
6:30 pm
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