NEW YORK – Some 1,500 young Jewish professionals came together on Saturday to raise funds for Friends of the IDF, during the organization’s annual Young Leadership Gala, also dubbed “the Jewish Oscars”.
“My whole life I was sort of a blind Zionist. Always in my mind and in my heart I was pro-Israel but I was not really sure why,” Alex Berman, 25, who also serves on the Board of the FIDF Young Leadership New York division told The Jerusalem Post.
Berman got involved with FIFD after returning to the US after a six month student exchange program in Israel.
“Until you’ve been I don’t think you’re ever really a Zionist,” he said, “It’s just this feeling of feeling a little more whole.”
For a year after his semester at Tel Aviv University, Berman considered volunteering in the IDF.
“I was ultimately convinced that as great a mission as that is, Israel needs champions here as well,” he said. “In the back of my mind there is still this feeling that I owe something more but with FIDF I’ll always be a soldier.”