Rona-Lee Shimon
Tsahi Halevi

Two Stars of the Israeli Netflix hit series “Fauda” will join Jewish National Fund-USA (JNF-USA), for the organization’s annual Breakfast for Israel this year slated for Sunday, April 18, at 1:30 p.m.

“Fauda” celebs, Tsahi Halevi who plays Naor and Rona-Lee Shimon who plays Nurit, will be joined for a live in studio  question and answer session by Yoav Limor, a veteran military correspondent who has been covering the Middle East conflict for the last 33 years as  moderator. Today, Limor is the host of a morning show on Israel’s Channel 2 Keshet, a defense commentator for Israel Hayom daily newspaper, and a regular contributor on i24 News

“The Capital Region has proudly hosted a JNF-USA Breakfast for Israel for the past six years and it has become a much-looked-forward-to event in our local community,” said Alan Lobel, event co-chairman. “This year, we’re hosting a vibrant celebration in honor of Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) as we bring our community together to ensure a bright, prosperous future for the land and people of Israel and Jewish people everywhere.” Israel will note 73 years on Israeli Independence Day beginning the evening of April 14.

While participants may have to BTOB (bring their own bagel) to the “virtual breakfast,” JNF-USA has promised to deliver the same high-quality, star-studded complimentary event that community members have been accustomed to since the first annual Breakfast for Israel in 2003, according to organizers.

“We’re excited to welcome Jody Ference who is joining us as our newest Breakfast for Israel co-chairwoman this year,” said Lauren Iselin, also an event co-chairwoman. “We’re all looking forward to this virtual opportunity to join together with hundreds of supporters from coast to coast.

In addition to her career as an Israeli actress, Rona-Lee Shimon is a trained ballet dancer who studied at the National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam. In addition, she has extensive experience in Israeli theater, having performed the roles of Velma Kelly in Chicago, Anita in West Side Story, and Sally Bowles in Cabaret. In addition to his role in “Fauda,” Tsahi Halevi also starred in the drama film “Bethlehem,” which won an Ophir (Israeli Oscar) for best picture and he reached the finals in the first season of “The Voice Israel.”

Registration for the free program may be made at jnf.org/bfi and individuals are encouraged to select the orange location square titled “Capital Region.”

Rina Wagman, Capital Region senior campaign executive, at 617-423-0999, ext. 812 or at rwagman@jnf.org can provide details.