Friends of the IDF to Honor Goodman
By . (09/27/2013)

Two guests will reunite at the Friends of the IDF (FIDF) Central Region’s Annual Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Hilton Chicago. Larry Goodman, chairman of the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundation and FIDF supporter, will join Maru Gete, a medical student whom Goodman has supported through the FIDF’s IMPACT! Scholarship Program.

The dinner, FIDF Central Region’s largest annual fundraising event, will honor Goodman and bring together more than 1,000 business and community leaders, along with IDF soldiers and American Armed Forces members.

“It is a great privilege to be honored by the FIDF’s Central Region and to join Maru for this important celebration,” said Goodman. “The Israeli military heroes protect our homeland on a daily basis. It’s organizations like the FIDF that help protect these heroes and their families. I’m honored to play a role at this year’s dinner.”

Goodman has dedicated his life to strengthening Jewish life in Chicago, the United States and Israel, as well as supporting secular organizations that address education, hunger issues, and the prevention of drug abuse. As part of his contributions to FIDF programming, he has supported many students through the FIDF IMPACT! Scholarship Program at Ben-Gurion University in the Negev.

Originally from Ethiopia, Maru Gete served as a combat soldier in the Golani Brigade of the Israel Defense Forces and will soon begin his residency at Soroka Hospital in Be’er-Sheva, Israel, becoming one of only a couple dozen medical doctors of Ethiopian descent in the country.

“I’m very excited to come to the U.S., and especially thrilled to get the opportunity to thank Larry Goodman for his support during my medical studies,” said Gete. “Thanks to him, I could finish my studies and a few months from now, after I finish my final exams, I’m going to be a doctor.”

The FIDF IMPACT! Program provides former combat soldiers, who have completed their service in the IDF but cannot afford the cost of higher education, with academic scholarships to further their education.

Tickets for the dinner are available at