Western Region - Los Angeles Chapter

The Western Region of Friends of the IDF was founded in 1981 by Leo David who today serves as Chairman of the region and a member of the National Board of Directors. While the vast majority of support is derived from Los Angeles, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area, the region has also conducted activities with donors in Sacramento, Napa Valley, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Aspen, and even Australia! 

The Western Region has been a national leader in raising funds for a variety of programs. Our donors sponsor nearly 400 IMPACT! scholarships; have adopted 8 IDF battalions; have hosted 30 LEGACY Bar/Bat Mitzvah age children to summer camp each of the past 4 years and 30 LEGACY Soldiers each of the past 3 years; have sponsored SPIRIT Weeks for every combat battalion who fought during Operation Cast Lead; and have built numerous major capital projects.

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Western Region / LA Upcoming Events

Please join Gala Chairs Cheryl & Haim Saban at the annual Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Western Region 2014 Gala Dinner. For more information, please contact FIDF Western Region at 323-843-2690.

Thu, 6 November, 2014
The Beverly Hilton Hotel
9876 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

- Western Region Event Calendar -

Articles & Past Events

3rd Annual Saving Lives Gala benefitting the soldiers of the IDF

The Russian community of Los Angeles, in conjunction with Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Western Region, gathered together April 6, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the 3rd annual Saving Lives Gala. The 2014 Gala strengthened the foundation of a lasting relationship between the Russian Community of Los Angeles and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, raising $335,000 in support of Israel’s brave soldiers.
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Melave Malka to benefit the soldiers of Nahal Haredi

On January 11, 2014, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Western Region held a Melave Malka to benefit the soldiers of Nahal Haredi. The reception, hosted by FIDF National and Local Board Members Fred Gluckman and Robert Zarnegin, as well as staunch supporter David Hager, was held at the luxurious Peninsula of Beverly Hills.
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Friends of the IDF held a Chanukah candle-lighting with IDF combat soldiers serving in the Givati Brigade

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) combat soldiers from the Givati Brigade gathered on December 1, 2013, together with representatives of Friends of the IDF (FIDF), to light the fifth candle of Chanukah and enjoy some traditional Chanukah donuts.
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Over $20 million raised at Saban-Chaired FIDF Gala Saluting IDF Soldiers in Los Angeles

Over $20 million was raised at the annual Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Western Region Gala yesterday, Tuesday, October 22, 2013. More than 1,000 FIDF supporters and dignitaries from the United States and Israel gathered to express their support for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Read more 

The 2nd Annual Saving Lives Gala


On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, approximately 600 people gathered at the Universal Hilton Hotel to honor Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) and Israel’s courageous soldiers.

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Over $14 million raised at FIDF Western Region Gala

More than 1,400 attended the FIDF Western Region Gala, featuring 16-Time Grammy® Winner David Foster & Friends and “Seinfeld” Veteran Jason Alexander as the Emcee. Read More

Western Region – Los Angeles Welcomes the 2012 LEGACY Children

Since its inception in 2006, the LEGACY Program remains dedicated to its goal of supporting thousands of bereaved individuals who have suffered the devastating losses of loved-ones fallen during their military service.  Read More

Western Region Hosts Two Exceptional IDF Soldiers In June

In June, the Los Angeles chapter welcomed two active duty IDF soldiers, 1st Lieutenant Noa Oren of the Artillery Corp as well as a Captain from an elite special forces unit. The effort was geared towards introducing FIDF to new and unfamiliar members of the community through a parlor meeting, Shabbat dinner, Young Leadership event as well as a school visit. Read More

FIDF Western Region Chapter in Conjunction with the Los Angeles Russian Community Holds the First Annual Saving Lives Gala

On Thursday, February 23, 2012, over 700 people came together to honor Israel’s courageous soldiers at the Universal Hilton. The first annual Saving Lives Gala marked the beginning of a flourishing relationship between FIDF and the Russian Community of Los Angeles. Read More

Friends of the IDF Western Region Chapter Holds a Once In A Lifetime Gala to Benefit Israel's Soldiers

Barbra Streisand, David Foster and Jason Alexander entertained at a spectacular sold out event
On Thursday, December 8th, over 1,200 people filled the Los Angeles Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel to honor Israel’s brave soldiers. Read More

LEGACY Children Visit the United States and take Los Angeles by Storm!

Our 2011 LEGACY Group was one of the largest ever, bringing a group of nearly 40 from Israel. Accompanied by counselors and commanders (currently serving in the IDF), the children were greeted with song and open arms by a vivacious crowd at Camp Ramah in Ojai Valley.
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Inspiring Dynamic Fashions for the Israel Defense Forces

On May 12th, a sold-out audience of over 350 attendees gathered at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles for FIDF’s very special Inspiring Dynamic Fashions for the Israel Defense Forces Fashion show in honor of Israel’s 63rd Independence Day
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Western Region Los Angeles Chapter Board Members

  • Leo David - Chairman
  • Erika Glazer - Honorary Chairman
  • Tony Rubin - President
  • Simon P. Etehad, Esq. – Vice President
  • Dina Leeds - Vice President
  • Philip Werthman, M.D. - Secretary
  • Michael Karlin - Treasurer
  • Larry M. Schnaid - Member at Large
  • Ludmila Bess, M.D.
  • Emiliano Calemzuk
  • Carolynne Drori
  • Igal Elyassi, D.D.S.
  • Michael Flesch
  • David Ghozland, M.D.
  • Fred Gluckman
  • Larry J. Hochberg
  • Fred Leeds
  • Irving Levine
  • Jennifer Malkin
  • Daniel Mani
  • Jeff Polak
  • Ari Ryan
  • Haim Saban
  • Adam Sher
  • Ben Silverman
  • Brad Smiedt
  • Eli Tene
  • Jon Waterman
  • David Wiener
  • Robert Zarnegin

Western Region - Los Angeles Professional Staff

  • Miri Nash - Regional Executive Director
  • Jenna Griffin - Director of Operations and Special Events
  • Jennifer Sieger - Director of Finance
  • Molly Soboroff - Director of Young Leadership
  • Lital Diamond, Administrative Assistant

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"Israel is unable to provide its soldiers with extras or luxuries. That’s why the support provided by Friends of the IDF is critical."
- Leo David, Founder and Chairman, FIDF Western Region


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