Caption: Sharon Tal, head designer of Maskit, the luxury Israeli fashion house. Photo credit: Courtesy of Sharon Tal

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) supporters from the tri-state area, along with Maskit Fashion House’s head designer, Sharon Tal of Israel, and Israeli soldiers will gather for a fashion event on September 13 at Metropolitan West in New York to support well-being and educational programs for the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

The Fashion for Philanthropy event, hosted by the FIDF Tri-State Region, will bring together FIDF friends and supporters, as well as models who served in the IDF and other soldiers, and will launch FIDF’s Philanthropic Women Campaign. The event will feature clothing by Tal, head designer of Maskit, the luxury Israeli fashion house, and guests will learn about Israeli fashion and shop for designer Israeli clothing. Tal, an internationally known designer, was recently nominated for Designer of the Year in the 2018 Fashion Awards by At Magazine. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to FIDF’s programs in support of the soldiers.

Among the models will be Sgt. Lea, a former L’Oréal model from Austria who served as a lone soldier — one who immigrates to Israel without any immediate family in order to serve in the IDF — in a special combat operations artillery corps unit.

Philanthropists Ruth Schwalbe, of New York City, whose father, John Klein, zt’l, was a Holocaust survivor and a founder of FIDF, and Carol Levin, of New York City as well, will co-chair the event.

“We are thrilled to be hosting this exciting event with a talented designer like Sharon to help support the brave men and women of the IDF,” said Galit Brichta, FIDF tri-state executive director. “This event kicks off the FIDF’s Philanthropic Women Campaign, and having models who were IDF soldiers here to help will make for a truly unique experience.”

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