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AMIT to Host an Evening in Solidarity With the Children of Israel

Event will feature a special musical concert by Idina Menzel.

(Courtesy of AMIT) AMIT’s national event, “An Evening in Solidarity With the Children of Israel,” is slated to take place at Sony Hall on Monday, November 20, at 6:30 p.m.. AMIT’s event focus—the children of Israel—takes on even more significance since the outbreak of war. The evening will include a special musical concert by Tony Award winner Idina Menzel and serves as the culmination of major AMIT tributes across the country taking place in Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and South Florida.

This national event will unveil the naming of The Gabel & Straus Campus at Kfar Batya, dedicated by Joyce and Daniel Straus of Englewood, New Jersey; mark the success of The Tiferet Guy Aryeh Junior College dedicated by Ellen Spitzer-Kronitz and Emanual Kronitz; and recognize the Morris & Rosalind Goodman Family Foundation AMIT Summer Camp program.

“After consulting with Israel’s government representatives, we were told in no uncertain terms that in addition to our Sderot Heal the Children Emergency campaign we should redouble our efforts across the country, so AMIT will be able to meet the future needs of Israel’s children,” said Andy Goldsmith, AMIT’s executive vice president. “The event will reflect the seriousness of the crisis in Israel while providing the opportunity to join together and recognize those who have distinguished themselves with their extraordinary commitment.”

The state-of-the-art Kfar Batya campus honors Stefanie Gabel and Jack Gabel, z”l; Joyce Straus’ parents; and Gwendolyn, z” l, and Joseph Straus, z” l, parents of Daniel Straus. Stefanie and Jack Gabel, Holocaust survivors who came to the U.S. in 1949, rebuilt their family and life in Forest Hills, New York. Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus were an active and integral part of the early Zionist movement in the United States. Gwendolyn Straus joined AMIT (which was then Mizrachi Women’s Organization of America) as a teenager, and AMIT was a central focus throughout her life. Joyce Straus, a long-time AMIT board member and officer, is AMIT’s former chair of the board and current vice president for financial resource development. The naming of the campus is the largest gift in AMIT’s nearly 100-year history.

“We wanted to give this gift in honor and memory of our parents, to benefit AMIT and the state of Israel,” said Joyce Straus. “We hope that this will inspire others with the ability to give to make a significant investment in AMIT and Israel’s future.”

“We are beyond honored and grateful to the Straus family for this magnificent investment, just when Israel needs support more than ever,” said Shari Safra, AMIT president. “We are deeply appreciative of their commitment to our students, which is making the construction of this campus possible,” she added.

AMIT Ambassadors’ Club & President’s Circle members will receive complimentary admission in gratitude for their annual support. These members and others who wish to attend can reserve tickets at amitchildren.org/gala2023.

Visit AMIT’s website at www.amitchildren.org. For more information on how to support AMIT’s ongoing “Help AMIT Heal the Children of the Sderot” campaign, visit http://amitchildren.org/healisrael.

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