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Diamond Gala dinner

Former Women’s Division director Debbie Schwartz, center, receives her Diamond Gala award from Debbie Janoff, at left, and Sharon Halpern. Photos by Robert Schneider/Israel Bonds
Former Women’s Division director Debbie Schwartz, center, receives her Diamond Gala award from Debbie Janoff, at left, and Sharon Halpern. Photos by Robert Schneider/Israel Bonds

ISRAEL BONDS’ WOMEN’S Division of Metropolitan New Jersey hosted over 170 attendees at the Diamond Gala dinner on Nov. 8 at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston. The event honored Debra Schwartz, former Women’s Division director; and Dr. Sarah Klibanoff, rebbetzin of Congregation Etz Chaim in Livingston. Sharon Halpern and Debbie Janoff were dinner chairs. 

Rabbi E. Samuel Klibanoff, religious leader of Congregation Etz Chaim in Livingston, presents the Diamond Gala award to his wife, Dr. Sarah Klibanoff.

Guest speaker Brigadier General (Res.) Gila Klifi-Amir spoke of her experiences as a 30-year veteran of the Israel Defense Forces. Klifi-Amir highlighted the expansion of women’s positions in the IDF and said that over 95 percent of Israeli military jobs are now open to women.

Israel Bonds Women’s Division attendees included Shira Lewis, Emily Fried, Barbara Hutter, Cathy Distelburger, Pamela Fishman, Lois Kaish, and Rachel Scherl. Other representatives from Israel Bonds included Stuart Garawitz, Howard Cohen, and Zev Scherl.

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