Southeast Region

FIDF initiates and helps support social, educational, cultural, and recreational programs and facilities for the young men and women soldiers of Israel who defend the Jewish homeland. FIDF also provides support for the families of fallen soldiers.

The original Atlanta Chapter, founded in 2007, was officially designated as the FIDF Southeast Region in the Fall of 2013. Under the leadership of newly appointed Executive Director, Seth Baron, the regional office has expanded its activities to serve the Southeast communities of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Members of these communities have demonstrated steadfast support to the State of Israel and its soldiers. The FIDF Southeast Region embraces the long-lasting relationships with these communities as we strengthen the bond between them and the brave men and women that serve in the IDF.

FIDF recently launched a new initiative that combines many FIDF programs. Through the Adopt a Brigade initiative, FIDF can provide support for hundreds of soldiers from the same force through DIGNITY, SPIRIT, Lone Soldiers, and well-being activities. This “adoption” not only supports those needs, but shows the soldiers that we are one with them through brigade milestones, holidays, and more.

The Southeast Region recognizes the important role the intelligence community plays in Israel’s safety and security. Therefore, the Southeast Region has adopted the Combat Intelligence Corps.

The IDF’s first combat intelligence unit was established in the 1970’s, following Israel’s difficult Yom Kippur War. The IDF concluded that creating such a unit would improve its ability to keep Israel safe both during times of war and peace. In the year 2000, the IDF recognized the increased importance of the unit. Its organic growth brought on its separation from the Intelligence Corps, and the establishment of an independent Combat Intelligence Corps.

The unit’s troops are responsible for intel reconnaissance on the ground, relying on combat tactics and field operations. The information gathered, like all intelligence, is ultimately used to warn of impending dangers in real-time. The Combat Intelligence Corps gathers information on enemy missions and operations as well as enemy use of various weapons. What makes the Combat Intelligence Corps special is that women play a vital role alongside men, partaking in all the corps’ missions and operations as well as its routine activities.

In 2012, Atlanta launched a Young Leadership Division for young professional, ages 20 to 40. Atlanta Young Leadership hosted a successful Emergency Campaign Fundraiser during Operation Pillar of Defense and hosted visiting soldiers at various dinner parties and parlor meetings. FIDF Southeast Region is proud to be part of the national FIDF team that stands behind the men and women of the Israel Defense Forces.

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Atlanta chapter expanded to Southeast Region


Articles & Past Events


ATLANTA, May 5 – More than 500 community leaders gathered this week for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Atlanta Gala Dinner, raising some $450,000 to support educational and well-being programs for the brave men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Monday’s gala, one of the Atlanta Jewish community’s largest events, featured a keynote speech by retired British Col. Richard Kemp, former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan.


Life on the Edge: A Female Lone Soldier’s Gaza Story

ATLANTA, August 7  During Operation Protective Edge last summer, four female soldiers went with the Israel Defense Forces into Gaza. One of them was Staff Sgt. Elle, an Australian-born lone soldier who served as paramedic in a combat engineering battalion.

Major Elliot Chodoff discussses "Israel: What now?"

ATLANTA, July 27 The Iran nuclear deal and “aggressive, expansionist, fascist systems” in the Middle East were the hot topics discussed Monday, July 27, in an address titled “Israel: What Now” by Maj. Elliot Chodoff, the Israel Defense Forces’ deputy chief of staff for the northern population in the Home Front Command and a political and military analyst.


ATLANTA, May 21 – More than 500 community leaders gathered Tuesday night at the Georgia Aquarium for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Atlanta Gala Dinner, raising more than $500,000 to support the brave men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

The evening, one of the Atlanta Jewish community’s largest events, which has grown in attendance by almost 100 people over last year or 25 percent, saluted the women soldiers of the IDF who served during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza – several of whom attended the gathering.



The Friends of the IDF (FIDF) Southeast Region hosted its 2014 Atlanta Gala Dinner, A Night to Honor the Soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), with over 400 FIDF supporters who gathered at the Georgia Aquarium and raised more than $450,000 for programs supporting the wellbeing of the men and women who serve in the IDF.

Former IDF Soldier Graduates Law School

Avihai Vidoren, 29, a former IDF soldier who served in Sachlav, a military police unit, graduated this month from The College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon LeZion, Israel with a law degree thanks to the generous sponsorship of Debby Bettsak, a Friends of the IDF (FIDF), Atlanta Chapter Board Member, and her husband Sam Bettsak. The sponsorship was given through the FIDF IMPACT! Scholarship Program.
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Seth Baron Appointed New Executive Director of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Georgia Region

Atlanta, GA, June 11, 2013 - Seth Baron, of Kennesaw, Georgia, has been appointed the new Executive Director of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Georgia Region.

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FIDF Atlanta Chapter Gala Raises Over $200,000 to Support IDF Soldiers!

The Atlanta Chapter of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) held its Annual Gala on May 7, 2013 at the Georgia Aquarium, where more than 450 guests attended and showed their support for Israel's soldiers.
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Friends of the IDF Atlanta Chapter selects Norm Radow to be honored at its 2013 Gala dinner

The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Atlanta Chapter has selected Mr. Norman Radow as the 2013 honoree for its upcoming Gala dinner. The event will take place on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at the Georgia Aquarium, where over 400 guests are expected to attend and show their support for Israel's soldiers."
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Friends of the IDF-Atlanta Region Welcomes New Chair, Garry Sobel

The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Atlanta Region is excited to announce our new Chairman of the Board, Garry Sobel, as he leads this growing organization to its next stage."
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To Catch an Antisemite

Over 50 people attended this exciting event at Chabad Intown on Tuesday, January 15 as Nesenoff shared his story when in 2010 he filmed White House Correspondent Helen Thomas stating that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine and go home [to] Poland and Germany."
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FIDF Launch Party: New Connection to Israel for Atlanta’s Young Professionals

On July 12, 2012, over 200 of Atlanta’s Jewish young professionals gathered at Tongue & Groove Lounge to check out the Friends of the IDF’s LAUNCH!, the first Young Leadership event honoring the soldiers who protect Israel’s borders every day.
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FIDF at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival!

In February, the Atlanta FIDF Chapter hosted the film “Follow Me – The Yonatan Netanyahu Story” at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. This poignant biography looks at modern-day hero Yonatan Netanyahu, an elite army commando killed in Operation Entebbe and brother of current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 
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Atlanta Hosts Former Soldier & Current IMPACT! Scholarship Student, YONI ASSERAF

In April, the Atlanta Region was thrilled to host Yoni Asseraf, a combat soldier in the paratroopers’ brigade who received an award of excellence for his heroism and participation in the Second Lebanon War.
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A letter from From Mitchell Kopelman - an FIDF donor who visited a base in Israel

From Mitchell Kopelman:
Our family trip to Israel this summer had many special moments.  We spent the better part of a day with the IDF Magav Unit that is part Border Patrol Police and part Army.
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Thank you ATLANTA for making the inaugural FIDF Gala Dinner IDentiFy 2010 a rousing success!

Atlanta raised more money for the Soldiers of the IDF at its first dinner than all of last year!
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