SOURCE: Israeli Leadership Council

Israeli Leadership Council

March 18, 2011 12:16 ET

REMINDER: Israeli Leadership Council Hosts Third-Annual Gala

At Time of Mideast Turmoil, ILC to Honor Former IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi and Israel Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2011) -

At a time when the Middle East is experiencing tremendous turmoil and revolution in several of its countries, Israel watches and waits to assess the consequences on its peace with Egypt and relations with other countries in the region. On Sunday, March 20, nearly 800 Israeli-Americans and prominent members of the Los Angeles Jewish Community will gather at The Beverly Hilton hotel to demonstrate their unity and support for Israel at the Israeli Leadership Council's (ILC) Third Annual Gala. Los Angeles is home to more than 200,000 Israeli-Americans... the largest community of Israelis outside of Israel itself.

During the Gala, the ILC will honor former Israel Defense Forces' Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi and Israel Ambassador to the United States Michael B. Oren. No two men in the world are more experienced and knowledgeable about the security challenges facing the State of Israel than Ashkenazi and Oren.

For more than 30 years, Lt. General Gabi Ashkenazi served with distinction in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). In 1992, Ashkenazi was chosen as the Commander of the IDF Liaison Unit to Lebanon and, two years later, to Commander of the IDF Operations Unit within the General Staff. He was promoted to Major General and served as Assistant Head of the General Staff Branch. In 1998, Ashkenazi was named the General Officer Commanding Northern Command, followed by his appointment to Deputy Chief of Staff in 2002, prior to his retirement from the IDF in 2005. On Feb. 4, 2007, the Government of Israel named Gabi Ashkenazi the Israel Defense Forces' nineteenth Chief of General Staff promoting him to the rank of Lieutenant General.

Born in America, Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael B. Oren moved to Israel in the 1970s. An officer in the IDF, Oren served as a paratrooper in the Lebanon War, a liaison with the U.S. Sixth Fleet during the Gulf War, and an IDF spokesman during the Second Lebanon War and the Gaza operation in January 2009. Additionally, he acted as an Israeli Emissary to Jewish refuseniks in the Soviet Union and as an advisor to Israel's delegation to the United Nations. An accomplished author, Ambassador Oren has written extensively for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The New Republic, where he was a contributing editor.

The gala event, which will be hosted by Moran Atias -- an accomplished actress raised in Israel -- will feature entertainment by five-time, Grammy-winning singer Donna Summer and dynamic, acclaimed Israeli singer Einat Sarouf.

March 20, 2011
5:30 p.m. - Reception; 6:30 p.m. - Dinner

The Beverly Hilton
9876 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

About ILC:
Founded in 2007 by several prominent members of the Israeli-American community in Los Angeles, the Israeli Leadership Council (ILC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to build an active and giving Israeli-American community in order to strengthen the State of Israel, our next generation, and to provide a bridge to the American-Jewish community.

For more than three years, the ILC has been focusing on the following goals:

  • Serve as a Role Model -- ILC encourages a culture of giving, activism, and connection to Israel through personal examples of community involvement, as well as active support of initiatives that further Israel's welfare, security, education, and its relations with the United States.
  • Provide Professional and Financial Resources -- ILC serves as a professional and financial resource for initiatives that support the development of an active and unified American-Israeli community with strong connections to the State of Israel, now and in the future. The ILC focuses on the second and third generation of American-Israelis.
  • Empower our Community -- ILC helps the American-Israeli community convert its needs, desires, and values into action and provides a strong and influential voice.
  • Bridge Communities -- ILC strengthens the relationship between the American-Israeli community and the Israeli community in Israel, the Jewish-American community, and the non-Jewish American community.

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