Brad Oppenheimer (L-R), Matthew Oppenheimer, Halle Lauren, Lisa Radow, Lavon Mercer and Tal Ovadia. PHOTO / MJCCA

Brad Oppenheimer (L-R), Matthew Oppenheimer, Halle Lauren, Lisa Radow, LaVon Mercer and Tal Ovadia. PHOTO / MJCCA


Friends of the IDF Young Leadership Committee teamed up with the MJCCA Young Adults to co-host an event on Aug. 8th which had been dubbed “8/8 @ 8 for #8.”  

The main focus of the night was recognizing the service of one of Israel’s finest adopted sons, LaVon Mercer, who wore No. 8 for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Mercer, a Georgia native, played basketball at The University of Georgia, and then went on to play professionally in Israel for Hapoal Tel Aviv, and then Maccabi Tel Aviv where he led his team to six championships and five state cups.

The event was a resounding success, bringing together more than 200 young adults at RiRa Irish pub in Midtown to socialize and  hear remarks from Myles Gaworonsky about his time as a Lone Soldier serving in the Israel Defense Forces’ Sayeret Golani brigade, as well as uplifting words from Mercer who stressed the importance of actively supporting the State of Israel.

The MJCCA’s Young Adults department, headed by Roey Shoshan, serves to bring together young adults under the age of 40 at social gatherings. Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors to provide for the wellbeing of the men and women who serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as well as the families of fallen soldiers.

The Atlanta FIDF chapter is headed by President Garry Sobel and newly-appointed Executive Director Seth Baron.