The Helping Israel Fund Annual Charity Golf Tournament took place on June 25, 2018 at The Standard Club in Johns Creek. The tournament raised $37,000 for the Helping Israel Fund, which supports young men and women serving in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) by funding non-military projects. This includes providing winter wear and water backpacks, building “Warm Corner” rest stations, and funding academic scholarships. More than 50 people from the Atlanta Jewish community attended the tournament and competed in an 18-hole golf scramble, with longest drive and closest to the pin competitions.
The tournament was followed by a lunch reception and silent auction. Helping Israel Fund Board Chairman Glen Golish discussed the extensive work the Helping Israel Fund has completed in Israel. In particular, he highlighted a “Warm Corner” rest station that was recently built. The rest station is a small hut providing free food and drinks in a comfortable environment to give IDF soldiers a brief respite from their challenging jobs. The opening of the “Warm Corner” in Nokdim was attended by Helping Israel Fund representatives and Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s Defense Minister.
At the reception, Jason Adler, a local community member, shared his experience as the father of a lone soldier from Atlanta, Jacob Adler. Adler felt an immense sense of pride that his son was protecting the Jewish homeland. The reception also included special guests from Israel: Lt. Col. Rabbi Yedidya Atlas of the IDF rabbinate and Leon Blankrot from Yashar L’Chayal, another organization that provides non-military supplies to soldiers.