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2019 Defenders of Israel Gala 

On December 19, 2019, supporters from all over the Delaware Valley area attended the fourth annual StandWithUs Mid-Atlantic Defenders of Israel Gala at Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania. This year we honored Jeffrey Barrack, a local philanthropist and pro-Israel activist. The keynote address was delivered by the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the mayor of Efrat, Israel, the Honorable Oded Revivi. Revivi is the international spokesperson for the Yesha Council, the body that advocates for communities in Judea and Samaria. During the evening's program, we also recognized our outstanding student interns for their work and accomplishments over the past year. From Drexel University, Marcus Bernstein was our StandWithUs Emerson Fellow and Shaqed Tzabbar was the StandWithUs High School Intern from Jack Barrack Hebrew Academy. 

We thank all of you who were part of this inspiring and exciting event. Couldn't attend or want to review the gala highlights? See below for photos!

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(L to R) The Mayor of Efrat, Israel, and 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Oded Revivi; 2019 Defender of Israel Award honoree Jeffrey Barrack; special assistant to the mayor Shmil Atlas

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(L to R) StandWithUs Mid-Atlantic High School Coordinator Nathan Altschuler with interns Sabrina Chevlin, Jordan Guritzky and Karina Pugman


Joseph Puder, director of the StandWithUs Mid-Atlantic region for the past six years, announcing his retirement.


StandWithUs Mid-Atlantic board members

Gene and Fran Shusman


Live auctioneer extraordinaire Steve Katz 

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(L to R) StandWithUs Mid-Atlantic board member Francine Lipstein, Jeff Bartos, David Edman, StandWithUs Mid-Atlantic Director Paula Joffe

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