Prominent Sephardic community leaders Estie and Rabbi Elie Abadie were among 16 honorees from the U.S. and Canada presented with the Israel66 Award at the International Prime Minister’s Club Dinner held Sunday, January 26, in Boca Raton, Florida.
Rabbi Abadie is spiritual leader of Edmond J. Safra Synagogue and Moise Safra Community Center in Manhattan. He is also head of the Sephardic Academy of Manhattan, where Estie teaches Judaic studies and offers private marital and family counseling. Estie teaches at Safra Synagogue and fundraises for social-service organizations in Israel.
Deputy Finance Minister Mickey Levy, keynote speaker at the dinner, praised Israel Bonds as “a link between Diaspora Jewry and Israel,” declaring, “I promise the government of Israel will remained committed to this special bond forever. You are our anchor in stormy waters.”
Levy thanked the more than 700 audience members for investing in Israel bonds and ensuring Israel’s “economic stability,” adding that since arriving in Boca Raton, he “experienced warmth and love for Israel. Thank you for your generous support.”
Following the deputy finance minister’s address, over $250 million in Israel bond investments related to the dinner were announced.
Finance Minister Yair Lapid also expressed appreciation for Israel Bonds via a video in which he stated, “I wanted to be there with you to thank each and every one of you personally for your commitment, for your friendship. This day in particular is filling me with gratitude for all the years you have been standing with us shoulder-to-shoulder in the trenches, giving us not only your money, not only your commitment, but also the knowing, the assurance, that we will never walk alone in this world.”
Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor and comedian Paul Reiser was master of ceremonies.
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