Photo: Actor Yaakov Zada Daniel stars in the Netflix series “Fauda.”
Some 200 Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) supporters are set to gather on Thursday, Feb. 20, for the inaugural FIDF Arizona dinner at Congregation Beth Tefillah at 6529 E. Shea Blvd. in Scottsdale, featuring a star of the hit Netflix series “Fauda.” The event will support educational and well-being programs for the men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
Headlining the event, themed “A Night of Heroes,” will be Israeli actor Yaakov Zada Daniel, who plays one of the members of an elite IDF anti-terror unit in “Fauda.” The show’s first two seasons generated rave reviews and became a highly watched Netflix series.
Daniel was also a recipient of the FIDF IMPACT! Scholarship Program, which grants four-year academic scholarships to combat and combat-support soldiers from challenging socioeconomic backgrounds. Also attending the first-ever Arizona FIDF Dinner will be IDF soldiers, including Staff Sgt. Katie, from a small town in Missouri, who is an IDF Lone Soldier – one who enlists in the IDF without any immediate family in Israel.
Chairing the dinner will be Arizona FIDF supporters Melanie and Hilton Efune; and Tracy and Victoria Conrad.
Other distinguished guests slated to attend include the Israel Air Force (IAF) Attaché to the United States Brig. Gen. Amir Keren; FIDF National Board Member and San Diego Chairman Alan Katz; FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir; FIDF San Diego, Orange County and Arizona Executive Director Oz Laniado;and FIDF San Diego Associate Director Elana Michael.
“This is a significant turning point in our community’s efforts to strengthen and build the FIDF family in Arizona,” said Laniado. “We will stand together with the brave men and women who risk their lives to defend and protect the Jewish state, and all of the Jewish people around the world.”
The dinner will begin with a cocktail and dinner reception at 6:30 pm, followed by dessert and the program.