From left: Emcee comedian Elon Gold; Israel Bonds Vice President for Sales Stuart Garawitz; Bonds Chairman of the Board Richard Hirsch; Bonds President & CEO Izzy Tapoohi; Rabbi Marc Schneier and Gitty Schneier; Ambassador Ron Dermer and Rhoda Dermer; and performer Dudu Fisher..
(photo credit: HOWARD ZIMMERMAN)
Israel Bonds announced on Monday that $250 million in investments was raised at the International Prime Minister’s Club Dinner in Boca Raton, Florida.
At the event, Israel's ambassador to the United States forcefully defended Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to address a joint session of Congress next month, describing the move as a “sacred duty” for the premier at a critical point for the “survival” of the state.
The agreement under consideration by world powers and Iran, US Ambassador Ron Dermer said on Sunday night, would leave Iran a “threshold nuclear power” – an outcome Israel cannot, and will not, accept.
“The prime minister’s visit to Washington is intended for one purpose, and one purpose only,” Dermer told an audience at an Israel Bonds event in Florida. “To speak up while there is still time to speak up. To speak up when there is still time to make a difference.”
At the event, which took place Sunday, 13 recipients received the Israel67 Award in recognition of their exemplary efforts on behalf of Israel and their respective Jewish communities. Honored were: Stanley Black, Los Angeles; Shoshana and Dr. Mark Blum, Metro New Jersey; Janice and Harold Cohen, Boston; Judi and Craig Donoff, Boca Raton; Dr. Malcolm Dorman, Miami; Drs. Sharon and Kenny Fried, Bergen County, N.J.; Karen and Bill Glazer, Baltimore; Susan and William Hess, New Orleans; Carol and Dr. Mark Jaffe, Tampa; Rabbi Marc Schneier, New York City; Beverly and Rabbi Jonathan Schnitzer, Washington, D.C.; Barbara Somogyi, Cleveland; and Barbara Zukor, Montreal.
In 2014, for the second consecutive year, Israel Bonds sold over one billion dollars in the US.