King David Bikers Provides 50 Bike Motorcycle Motorcade, Escorts Friends of the Israeli Defense Force - FIDF - Fundraising Meeting--
WHAT: Israeli Defense Force Soldier meets King David Bikers -- the nation's largest Jewish Motorcycle Riding Association -- for Fundraising Mission for the "Friends of the Israeli Defense Force" -- worldwide fundraising organization WHERE: Synagogue/Chabad Lubavitch of Fort Lauderdale 3500 North Ocean Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 http://www.chabadftlauderdale.org WHEN: Sunday, August 22, 2004 TIME: 9:45 AM -- Israeli Defense Soldier - 1st Lieutenant Arrives at Synagogue 10:00 AM -- Lieutenant addresses synagogue and King David Bikers 10:45 AM -- Lieutenant rides on motorcycle with King David Bikers for Motorcycle procession displaying Israeli Flags for 20-mile ride to breakfast location meeting. Breakfast Meeting / 11:30 AM / Israeli Soldier and King David Biker Motorcycle Motorcade arrives at JP's Restaurant in Hollywood, Fla. JP's Bistro (Kosher Restaurant) 5650 Stirling Road Hollywood, FL 33021 / Phone: 954-964-6811 Breakfast Meeting: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Showing of FIDF Video and addressing KDB members.
In a show of unity and a display of solidarity during the most troubling times in the middle east, King David Bikers, South Florida's Jewish Motorcycle riding organization, the largest Jewish Motorcycle riding group in the country, will be hosting a presentation by Mercy Pepa, a former 1st Lieutenant in the Israeli Army, who will provide first hand accounts of her experience during her three years of service.
Pepa, 26, was born in Albania in 1978. After living in Italy, she moved to Israel where she made residence in Beetsheva. She joined the Israeli Army in 1996. After basic training, Pepa served in Gaza at the Erez Crossing Point. After 4 months as a soldier she started officer's training school. After 6 months of officer's training school she returned to the Erez Crossing point where she served for more than 2 years. During that time she worked side by side with the Palestinian Authority, engaged daily in what is arguably the most dangerous of all jobs, checking all entries to Israel and the West Bank from the Gaza Strip. Pepa served for 3 years and now makes her residence in Aventura, Fla. She is a presently a student at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, where she takes business and computer courses, pursuing a career as an MIS professional.
About the Friends of the Israeli Defense Force / http://www.israelsoldiers.org
In 1942, David Ben-Gurion established the Committee for the Welfare of Soldiers, whose first order of business was rounding up donations of blankets for the young Jewish men and women of the Yishuv's fledging Jewish Brigade.
Today's support includes: building, maintaining and operating 17 modern and sophisticated facilities; establishing and renovating hundreds of clubrooms and fitness rooms on IDF bases; and the constant caring for each and every IDF soldier.
The Friends of the Israeli Defense Force (FIDF) is the American partner of the AWIS, the Association for the Well-being of Israel's Soldiers (AWIS); this independent, non-profit organization has come a long way and has made major contributions to the State of Israel.
FIDF helps support social, educational and recreational programs and facilities for the young men and women soldiers of Israel who defend the Jewish homeland. We also provide these services to the widows and children of soldiers who have fallen in defense of Israel. FIDF is a tax-deductible organization by US law.
About King David Bikers / http://www.kingdavidbikers.com
King David Bikers is a group created by and for Jewish American motorcycle enthusiasts who share the passion to ride and the bond of their faith. In the 5 months since the club was founded, it received world-wide attention, it has 90 members in South Florida, the organization's home-base, and others from around the country; the group has drawn "start a chapter" inquiries in 8 states in the U.S. and 2 in Europe. The club's website is: http://www.kingdavidbikers.com