Second Lieutenant Shahar Kasten was a part of the IDF aid delegation to Mexico after the devastating earthquake in 2017. She was chosen by her battalion commander to fulfill the role of rescuer and was the youngest rescuer and the only woman fighter in the delegation. She is now the Deputy Platoon Commander of the officers’ course advanced training, Home Front Command. Shahar’s account of the Mexico relief and rescue effort will surely captivate you.

 Born to Holocaust survivors in Brooklyn, New York, Bernard Bar-Natan is a former combat infantry medic in the IDF. During his time in the field Bernard noted that the bandages provided for wounded soldiers were not effective, prompting him to invent The Emergency Bandage(r), which is now used worldwide and is credited with saving millions of lives. You’ll be fascinated by the story of Bernard’s brilliant invention.

Other special IDF heroes will also join us.

Tickets are no longer available to purchase online. Please call 713-955-0225.

Sponsorship & Ticket Prices

Prime Minister $25,000
Invitation for 4 to private dinner with VIP guests and soldiers
Seating for 20
IDF Soldier/Dignitary will be seated at your table

Minister of Defense $10,000  
Invitation for 2 to private dinner with VIP guests and soldiers
Seating for 12
IDF Soldier/Dignitary will be seated at your table

IDF Chief of Staff $5,000
Invitation for 2 to private dinner with VIP guests and soldiers
Seating for 12

Major General $3,600
Seating for 10

All Sponsorships above will be recognized in the Gala Program and be acknowledged on screen.
Table locations are prioritized by level of sponsorship

Individual Dinner Ticket $360
Individual Young Adult (35 and under) or Clergy Ticket $180

Corporate Sponsors Welcome!
Showcase your company at the FIDF Gala – click here for details

Chaired by:

Polly & Ralph Robinson | Suzy & Jack Schaffer

Host Committee

Linda Jayaram & David Barish
Deisi & Max Blankfeld
Vicki & Andy Bursten
Ofira & Yuda Doliner
Jolene Friedman & Harold Eisenman
Marjorie & Clive Fields
Julie & John Gilbert
Robin & Bennett Greenspan
Raquel & Leonard Holzman
Dede & Brian Kaplan
Andrea & Shay Kuperman

Richard Leibman
Doreen & Marshall Lerner
Carla & Kenneth Lewis
Ellen & Richard Lowe
Nicole & Glenn Lowenstein
Judy & Mark Mucasey
Joy & Scott Plantowsky
Frumie & Jack Polatsek
Susan & Max Reichenthal
Leslie & Russ Robinson
Cheryl & Michael Rubenstein

Rhoda & Steve Saka
Jo Ann Schaffer
Claudia & Joel Selzer
Dustin Selzer
Esty & Eyal Shavitzky
Linden & Roger Sofer
Julie Stein
Nancy & Irving Stern
Irene Weingarten
Aileen & Mark Weycer
Lawrence Winsor


Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston
2222 West Loop S,
Houston, TX 77027


For all questions, please contact the
FIDF Texas Region Office.



Questions? – Please contact the FIDF Texas Region Office – 713.955.0225 or email texas@fidf.org

Can I order a gluten free or vegetarian meal?
Yes, please call or email our office no later than 1 week prior to the event.
Can I register without providing credit card information?
Please call 713-955-0225 or email texas@fidf.org
Some of the guests listed on my registration cannot attend, can I bring someone else instead?
Sure! However, all guests will be asked to provide a form of identification at Gala check-in so you must contact our office to provide their names in advance of the Gala – not doing so can cause unnecessary delay when you arrive.
Where should I park?
Parking is adjacent to the hotel. Self-Park is Complimentary and we will provide $7.00 of the cost for valet parking ($14). Don’t forget to ask for your validation sticker at Gala Check-in.
What time will the Gala end?
The Gala will end at approximately 8:30 pm.
Will alcohol be served at the dinner?
Yes, red and white wine will be served.
Will the food be kosher?
Yes, the dinner will be supervised by Houston Kashrut Association – (HKA).
Will there be security at the Gala?
Yes, all guests will be asked to provide a form of Identification at Gala check-in and then walk through a magnetometer (metal-detector).
How much of each ticket is non-deductible?

$120 of the Gala Dinner ticket price is non-deductible.

I have a concealed handgun permit – can I bring my weapon to the gala?
No firearms will be permitted under any circumstances.
What is the attire for the gala?
Business Attire

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FrSaluting Israeliends of the Israel Defense Forces
Texas Region
P. O. Box 22245 | Houston, TX 77227
713.955.0225 | texas@fidf.org
www.fidftxgala.org | www.fidf.org

Arthur Stark, FIDF National Chairman
Peter Weintraub, FIDF National President
Maj. Gen (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir, FIDF National Director & CEO
Max Blankfeld, FIDF Texas Region Chair
Danny Gutman, FIDF Texas Region Director

Friends of the IDF is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Non-Profit ID #13-3156445
Contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. $120 of your Gala ticket price is non-deductible.

As of 2016, FIDF has been awarded with the highly-coveted (and highest) 4-Star rating by Charity Navigator, the leading charity evaluator in America for the sixth straight year. Only 4% of the charities evaluated by Charity Navigator have received at least 6 consecutive, 4-Star evaluations indicating that FIDF “outperforms most other charities in America.”

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